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November 7, 2012, 8:30 AM

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Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
On Election Day 2012, Twitter Kills The Great White Fail Whale  —  In one pithy, three-word sentence, Twitter creative lead Doug Bowman summed up the microblogging service's election day perfectly.  —  “RIP Fail Whale.”  —  Indeed, all throughout November 6th, that cutesy …
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Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Apple loses $368.2 million lawsuit to patent holding company VirnetX in E. Texas court ruling  —  According to Bloomberg, Apple has lost a lawsuit against VirnetX in a Texas courtroom late this evening and has been ordered to pay $368.2 million in damages.  VirnetX sued Apple for infringing …
Bloomberg:
Apple Says Samsung's Galaxy Note, Jelly Bean Infringe Patents  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) told a judge that Samsung Electronics Co. (005930)'s Galaxy Note 10.1 device infringes its patents, and sought to add the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system to an existing lawsuit against Samsung in California.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Nexus 4 Is a Great Value With Small Improvements  —  Google's Android operating system is used on hundreds of smartphones and tablets.  But the flagship Android devices, the ones the company calls “the best of Google,” are labeled Nexus.  They are meant to show the world all that an Android device can be …
More: CNET
Samad Rizvi / The Pixar Times:
Pixar Names Building After Steve Jobs  —  Steve Jobs is often associated with Apple, but many often forgot that the visionary played a large role in the creation of Pixar.  He financed the work at the studio long before it became profitable, pouring millions of his own money into keeping Pixar afloat …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Microsoft's Xbox SmartGlass app now out for iOS  —  It's been a couple of weeks since the Android app launched, but Xbox-owning iOS users can finally get their first look at SmartGlass in action today.  Microsoft has released SmartGlass as an update to its existing Xbox Live app …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Well, It's Becoming Clear That Steve Jobs Was Flat-Out Wrong  —  An interesting thing has happened in the days since Apple released its new smaller iPad:  —  Many Apple devotees have said it will become THE iPad, at least in their own personal use.  —  Why?  —  Mainly because of weight and size.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft will invest $100 million in Rio de Janeiro with new tech center  —  Microsoft is set to invest around $100 million USD in Rio de Janeiro over the next four years while the opening of its first advanced technology center in Brazil, Agência Estado reports.
More: ZDNet and CNET
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
AT&T to pay feds $700,000 to settle overcharging dispute  —  The Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday it has reached a $700,000 settlement with AT&T over claims that the carrier overcharged wireless data customers.  —  AT&T has agreed to pay $700,000 to the federal government …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The late smartphone adopter paradox  —  comScore reports that US smartphone penetration has decisively crossed over 50% in August.  This should not come as a surprise as the penetration rate has been very linear.  —  Now that we've crossed this milestone, the thing to watch is the conversion rate …
Vlad Dudau / Neowin:
Gartner: 1.2 billion smart devices will be sold in 2013  —  It's no secret that smartphones and tablets are becoming ubiquitous, but the actual numbers might surprise you.  The analyst firm Gartner has released a report saying that this year, 821 million smart devices have been sold, including smartphones and tablets.
Janet Aronica / Shareaholic Blog:
October 2012 Traffic Sources Report: StumbleUpon Share of Traffic Down 53% Since July  —  Welcome to Shareaholic's monthly traffic sources report, where each month we take a look at the traffic trends for our 200,000 publishers who reach 300 million people each month and take a look at the trends …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Xbox Surface: Microsoft's 7-inch gaming tablet  —  Microsoft's secret project for a mini Xbox  —  Microsoft is building its own 7-inch gaming tablet.  Multiple sources familiar with plans within Redmond have confirmed to The Verge that initial hardware planning for an Xbox Surface is underway.
Tony Bates / The Big Blog:
Reuters:
Exclusive - Amazon to win EU e-book pricing tussle with Apple  —  (Reuters) - EU regulators are set to accept an offer by Apple and four book publishers allowing Amazon and other retailers to sell e-books more cheaply than Apple to end an antitrust investigation and avoid fines, two sources said on Monday.
George Herd / BBC:
Broadband ‘2,000 times’ faster aim of Bangor scientists  —  The Bangor University team hope the high-speed fibre optic technology can be developed using cheap ‘off-the-shelf’ components  —  Broadband speeds that are 2,000 times faster without a massive hike in costs?
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Delicious Announces A New Design With A Focus On Community, Speed And Mobile  —  Just when you thought that the site Delicious was dead and gone, it's back...again.  Since being acquired by AVOS, headed up by YouTube co-founders, the site has had a few revamps.

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