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November 10, 2012, 4:35 PM

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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Inside Team Romney's whale of an IT meltdown  —  Orca, the Romney campaign's “killer” app, skips beta and pays the price.  —  Aurich Lawson / Thinkstock  —  It was supposed to be a “killer app,” but a system deployed to volunteers by Mitt Romney's presidential campaign may have done …
Natalie Jennings / Washington Post:
Romney digital director: Orca wasn't a loss  —  The digital director for the Romney campaign responded to criticism in the blogosphere of the campaign's Election-Day “Orca” vote monitoring platform, saying the program had issues but for the most part performed its mission.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Killer fail: how Romney's broken Orca app cost him thousands of votes  —  An attempt to harness big data turns into a nightmare of crashes and confusion  —  A few days before the presidential election, Mitt Romney's campaign announced what it hoped would be its secret weapon at the polls.
More: Twitchy
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
David Petraeus Was Brought Down by ... Gmail  —  The CIA director's path to resignation began with some email messages.  —  Reuters/Joshua Roberts  —  While David Petraeus was serving as a four-star general in the U.S. Army, he began exchanging emails with the woman who would eventually write his biography.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Seriously, Apple Is Doomed  —  Dan Crow, another former Apple employee from the 1990s, also says Apple has shown itself to be doomed without Steve Jobs, in a piece for The Guardian headlined “We've Passed Peak Apple”: … On the contrary, for better or for worse, iOS 6 Maps is exactly …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
HootSuite privacy fail sees hundreds of emails sent to users, complete with other people's details [updated]  —  There appears to be something wrong with the internal systems over at social management company HootSuite, after it started sending out email reminders to users warning …
More: The Verge and Mashable!
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Shellacked: Groupon fell 30% today in regular trading as investors unloaded the firm following its weak Q3  —  Yesterday after the bell, Groupon reported its quarterly earnings.  The company, losing a mere $3 million during the quarter, had earnings per share of $0.00, and revenue of $568.6 million.
Michael Kan / Computerworld:
Google access returns to China after brief blocking  —  Access was cut off for about 12 hours  —  Access to Google services in China appeared to return Saturday morning after they were blocked briefly as the country prepares to appoint new leadership.  —  The blocking appeared …
David Kravets / Wired:
U.S. WikiLeaks Criminal Probe ‘Ongoing,’ Judge Reveals  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures in August after his statement to the media and supporters on a balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London.  Photo: AP  —  A 2-year-old federal grand jury probe …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
ToyTalk, the AI toy company founded by Ex-Pixar talent, gets $11.5M from Charles Rivers Ventures  —  ToyTalk, the artificial intelligence toy company founded by ex-Pixar and SRI talent has recieved $11.5M in Series-A funding from Charles Rivers Ventures.  The funding round was discovered …
More: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and GigaOMThanks:@panzer
Chris Taylor / Mashable!:
NASA Builds Interplanetary Internet, Controls LEGO Robot From Space … In the annals of geeky space experiments, it's going to be hard to top this one.  —  NASA and the European Space Agency announced Thursday that it had successfully tested a new kind of communications protocol — the backbone of a future interplanetary Internet.

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