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November 9, 2012, 2:00 PM

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Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Judge to review whether foreman in Apple v. Samsung hid info  —  A federal court will look into whether the jury foreman in Apple v. Samsung “concealed information” during jury selection.  —  Federal District Judge Lucy Koh will “consider the questions” of whether the jury foreman in Apple v. Samsung …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Video game retail sales fall 25 percent year-on-year in 11th straight month of decline  —  The video game industry had a rough October — total sales across the board were $755.5 million, a drop of 25 percent year-on-year.  Figures released by the NPD Group show that console sales falling 37 percent …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple donates $2.5 million to Hurricane Sandy relief  —  We just got the following email via an Apple employee from Tim Cook showing that the Cupertino company is looking after those on the other coast of the US.  Apple will donate $2.5M to the Red Cross to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims (myself included? still no power ConEd!)
David Martin / CBS News:
7 Navy SEALs disciplined for role with video game  —  (CBS News) The U.S. Navy SEALs are part of an elite force that operates in the shadows, best known for killing Osama bin Laden.  However, CBS News has learned a group of SEALs has been disciplined for revealing secrets.
Paul Mozur / Wall Street Journal:
China Telecom Prepares for iPhone 5  —  BEIJING—China Telecom Corp. plans to begin offering the iPhone 5 in late November or early December, which would mark the entry of Apple Inc.'s latest smartphone into China.  —  State-controlled China Telecom, the country's third-largest mobile phone operator …
Erin Griffith / PandoDaily:
How many startups will Facebook Gifts kill?  —  Each of the many, many gifting startups out there should have spent the summer reconsidering the future of their companies.  Since buying Karma in May, Facebook has begun to testing out its social gifting functionality.
Bruce Upbin / Forbes:
The Niantic Project: What Is Google Up To?  —  A “leaked” image from the Niantic Project, with a code written in Caesar cipher that translates into: “Every operation reaches a risk-assessment stage.  At this point, my determination is that Niantic is causing more trouble than it is worth.”
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Cisco VP to memo leaker: Finding you is now ‘my hobby’  —  Cisco vice president of services Mike Quinn, a former CIA operations officer, believes that whoever recently leaked an internal company memo to a blogger committed corporate treason and violated a “family” trust.
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
iPhone 5, iPod touch 5 touchscreens responding oddly to multiple, rapid diagonal swipes  —  The iPhone 5 appears to be exhibiting odd touch behavior when it comes to consistent detection of multiple swipe events over time.  On an iPhone 4S, you can begin rapidly swiping back and forth and iOS …
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
Exclusive: SEC left computers vulnerable to cyber attacks - sources  —  (Reuters) - Staffers at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission failed to encrypt some of their computers containing highly sensitive information from stock exchanges, leaving the data vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to people familiar with the matter.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
AT&T's flip-flop on FaceTime over cellular should scare you  —  A ‘cautious approach’ exposes the FCC's greatest shortcoming  —  Weeks after taking enormous heat from consumers, public interest groups, and the media (like us), AT&T is doing an about-face on its controversial decision …
Ben Kersey / The Verge:
Google TV brings music and movies to Europe on November 13th  —  Available in the UK, France, and Germany  —  Google blessed American Google TV owners with the ability to buy or rent content from Google Play last month, and now it's extending the same courtesy to international devices.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google introduces six-month trial for Cloud SQL, ups storage 10x to 100GB, adds EU datacenter  —  Google today announced a major update to its Cloud SQL, which, as its name implies, is a MySQL database that lives in Google's cloud.  The highlights are this: 10 times more storage, faster reads …
Ryan Tate / Wired:
Family Feud: Tense Thanksgiving for Facebook and George Takei  —  Facebook's increasingly fraught relationship with small businesses just got more complicated thanks to celebrity user George Takei: The former Star Trek star will publish a book with a chapter taking on Facebook's controversial handling …
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Midori operating-system skunkworks project soldiers on  —  Summary: A new research paper makes a not-so-thinly-veiled reference to Microsoft's secret project to develop a non-Windows-based operating system and programming environment.  —  Midori — the Microsoft skunkworks …
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Chinese Web monitoring group says Google blocked in China  —  This post has been updated.  See the note below for details.  —  Google and many of its services, including its popular email service Gmail, are being blocked in China, according to a report from GreatFire.org, a Chinese website that monitors outages.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Invents Very Cool Next-Gen Dual Mode Headphones!  —  Apple has invented a very cool next-gen headphone design that could be operated in two modes.  The first mode is the normal every day in-ear design that all headphones offer.  The second mode is where the fun comes in.
Mark Hachman / ReadWrite:
Microsoft's “Skype In The Workspace.”  It's Like A Video-Based Quora  —  Thursday, Microsoft's Skype launched Skype In The Workspace, a service that combines elements of Quora and social networking to create an online space where entrepreneurs can seek knowledge from one another.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Peter Chernin Rounds Up Another $100 Million, This Time From Qatar  —  Peter Chernin, the longtime News Corp. executive who is now running his own media and technology fund, has landed another slug of investment money, this time from Qatar's sovereign wealth fund.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia CEO: Consumers realize a great tablet is better than a cheap PC  —  Graphics chip giant Nvidia chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang said in a conference call with analysts today that consumers realize “a great tablet is better than a cheap PC.”  —  That's an interesting statement coming …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
“Why the hell does this mouse need to connect to the Internet?”  —  To get the most out of this mouse, Razer says you need a “cloud-based driver.”  —  Razer  —  In this hyper-connected, networked world, many more of our devices are getting linked to the cloud, whether we want them to or not.
Michael Abramson / Sequoia Capital:
Creating room in a crowd  —  Sometimes it's never too late to join a crowded market.  Just ask Paul English and Steve Hafner, who today announced an agreement to sell Kayak to Priceline for about $1.8 billion.  —  Today, Kayak's promise of ‘One and Done’ is well known as befits a company …
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