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November 7, 2012, 12:10 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:
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 a day in the app each month.  That's a lot of people spending gobs of time telling Waze where they're …
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 …
Reuters:
Sony PlayStation certificate sparks talk China may lift console ban  —  (Reuters) - Sony Corp's PlayStation 3 has received a certification of quality from a Chinese safety standards body, sparking speculation that China will end a decade-old ban on home game consoles.
More: CNET and The Next Web
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.
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?
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
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Sprint buys spectrum and 585,000 customers from U.S. Cellular for $480m in cash  —  Sprint Nextel (Sprint) today announced that it will acquire PCS spectrum and more than half a million customers in parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio from U.S. Cellular …
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.

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