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November 10, 2012, 1:35 PM

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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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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

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