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November 7, 2012, 1:55 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: Microsoft Office for iPhone, iPad, and Android revealed  —  Office Mobile will arrive in early 2013  —  Microsoft's Office for iPad, iPhone, and Android is a reality.  Although Office Mobile has been rumored and reportedly spotted in the wild, Microsoft has remained persistently quiet about its plans for the product.
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Michael Scherer / TIME:
Inside the Secret World of Data Crunchers Who Helped Obama Win  —  “The cave” at President Obama's Election headquarters in Chicago  —  In late spring, the backroom number crunchers who had powered Barack Obama's campaign to victory noticed that George Clooney had an almost gravitational tug on West Coast females ages 40 to 49.
Reuters:
Foxconn's Gou says tough to cope with iPhone demand  —  TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group said on Wednesday the company's flagship Hon Hai unit is finding it difficult to cope with the massive demand for Apple Inc's iPhones.  —  “It's not easy to make the iPhones.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple Told to Pay $368.2 Million to VirnetX in Trial  —  VirnetX Holding Corp. (VHC) was awarded $368.2 million after a federal jury yesterday said Apple Inc. (AAPL) infringed its patents for virtual-private-network technology used in Apple's FaceTime video-calling function.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
AT&T will spend $14B to pump up wireless, wireline network  —  The telecommunications giant is investing heavily in its infrastructure in a bid to spark accelerating growth.  —  AT&T today laid out a broad plan to upgrade both its wireline and wireless networks and keep its growth moving.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Is AT&T's plan to end landline phone service crazy, or just crazy enough?  —  Like ripping a bandage off, getting rid of copper is painful but necessary  —  POTS, the loving acronym for “plain old telephone service,” is the single oldest continuously operating network in existence.
AppleInsider:
Apple's Eddy Cue joins Ferrari board of directors  —  Eddy Cue, Apple's head of Internet software and services, has joined the Ferrari board of directors, in a move that could hint that Apple is interested in moving into users' vehicles.  —  Ferrari announced in a statement on Wednesday that Cue has joined its board.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Has Big Usage Lead on Amazon, Hulu, HBO, says Sandvine Report  —  Netflix has plenty of competitors selling streaming video on the Web.  —  So far none of them is remotely close to challenging Reed Hastings and company.  —  That's a reasonable conclusion to draw from a new report …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Waze begins monetization push with location-guided ads  —  Waze, a crowd-sourced navigation app, has become an important free tool for 30 million users, who spend an average of 440 minutes in the app each month.  That's a lot of people spending gobs of time telling Waze where they're going and what they're stopping for on their trips.
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 …
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 …
Rachel Emma Silverman / Wall Street Journal:
Evernote CEO in No Rush for an IPO  —  Evernote Corp. Chief Executive Phil Libin likens his company's productivity app to an “external brain” that lets users collect notes, lists, clippings and other ephemera in a single digital hub.  —  The app's roughly 41 million users suggest there is demand …
Sam Laird / Mashable!:
Now You Can Add Interactive Images to Your Tweets  —  Twitter introduced Cards this summer, enabling media publishers to include quick synopses and article photos in tweets, and allowing the rest of us to view linked pictures and videos without leaving Twitter at all.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple tech can illuminate ‘invisible’ touch controls, displays  —  Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an invention that creates microperforations in a device so small as be imperceptible to the naked eye, but large enough to allow the passage of light, that can be used in concert …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Save For Later Service Pocket Overhauls Its API To Make Things Easier For Its 10,000 Developer Partners  —  Pocket, the online service for saving content for later viewing that began life as Read It Later, today announced a brand new version of its API, designed to make things easier and better …

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Microsoft:
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Amazon Web Services:
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Rackspace:
Another Patent Troll Slain.  You Are Now Free To Rotate Your Smartphone.  —  Rotatable Technologies is now an ex-patent troll.  I say “ex-troll” because its patent, US Pat.  No. 6,326,978, has been declared unpatentable …
Zoho:
Announcing the New and Improved Zoho Docs for Android  —  From charting out flight plans to building a whole new website, everything is now available at your fingertips.  Businesses, small or big …
 

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