November 9, 2012, 6:40 PM

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Chinese government blocks, Gmail, Google+, Maps, Docs, Analytics, Drive, more  —  The Chinese government has blocked access to, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Docs, Google Analytics, Google Drive, and many other Google services as the Communist Party of China holds the 18th Party Congress …
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!)
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 …
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 …
Rob Williams / News:
Microsoft's Big Hidden Windows 8 Feature: Built-In Advertising  —  Despite the fact that I've been using Windows 8 for the past three weeks, I somehow managed to overlook a rather stark feature in the OS: ads.  No, we're not talking about ads cluttering up the desktop or login screen …
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 …
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.”
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Cray agrees to buy Appro for $25 million cash  —  Summary: On announcing the firm's third quarter results, in which the supercomputer maker recorded a net loss, Cray will acquire high-performance computing developer Appro for $25m.  —  Zack Whittaker  —  Supercomputer maker Cray has signed …
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.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Facebook sets out to create better mobile apps by asking teams to own its product experience  —  We all know that Facebook is facing some challenges with mobile — its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg even admitted it earlier this year.  It's not as if the social network isn't being used by anyone on mobile devices …
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 …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Facebook Lobbying Europe On “Unreasonable And Unrealistic” Privacy Law Reform — But EC Commissioner Doesn't Sound Like She's For Turning  —  Facebook hasn't exactly had smooth relations with Europe.  In September it had to turn off facial recognition in the EU, and then there's …
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.
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.

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