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November 10, 2012, 12:00 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 …
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
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.
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.
Samantha Murphy / Mashable!:
Facebook Experiments With ‘Reply’ Button on Comments  —  Facebook isn't just testing a sound-alert function on the site — it's also experimenting with a reply option for comments posted to Timeline, a Facebook spokesperson has confirmed.  —  “We are testing a new way to add comments to a post on Facebook …
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
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 …
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
Rob Williams / HotHardware.com 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 …
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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