November 10, 2012, 1:50 AM

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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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Surface users report Touch Cover splits and audio issues  —  Microsoft's Surface RT tablet has been available for just two weeks, but users are starting to notice some early issues with the device.  We noted in our original Surface review that performance was a little hit or miss …
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
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 …
Mat Honan / Wired:
Teenage Hacker ‘Cosmo the God’ Sentenced by California Court  —  “Cosmo the God” in a park near his home in Long Beach, California.  Photo: Sandra Garcia/Wired  —  The 15-year-old UG Nazi hacker known as Cosmo* or Cosmo the God was sentenced in juvenile court on Wednesday in Long Beach, California.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
After $368.2m award in patent lawsuit, VirnetX files another complaint against Apple  —  VirnetX, the Internet security software company that was awarded $368.2 million after a jury decided that Apple had infringed several of its patents, has filed another complaint against the Cupertino, CA-based consumer electronics giant.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Study Shows Airbnb Is Good for San Francisco, Says Airbnb  —  Peer-to-peer accommodation site Airbnb commissioned an independent economic development study to show that it's having a positive effect on the San Francisco economy.  —  Airbnb helps freelancers and lower-income residents pay …
More: TechCrunch and Forbes
Wall Street Journal:
Spotify Nears Financing at Over $3B Valuation  —  Spotify Ltd. is in the midst of closing a round of financing that will value the Internet music service at slightly more than $3 billion, said people with knowledge of the matter.  —  The U.K.-based company is raising more than $100 million …

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