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November 11, 2012, 2:35 PM

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Apple:
HTC and Apple Settle Patent Dispute  —  All Patent Litigation Between the Companies Dismissed  —  HTC and Apple® have reached a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a ten-year license agreement.  The license extends to current and future patents held by both parties.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Apple and HTC settle all patent litigation with 10 year license agreement  —  Apple and HTC have settled their patent dispute, with all current lawsuits dismissed, according to an HTC press release.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Why Apple and HTC settled their patent litigation  —  Sometimes it's easier to just pay the money  —  Apple and HTC just announced a surprise settlement to their ongoing patent litigation, which spanned multiple lawsuits in courts around the world.  The deal will see both companies drop …
More: WMPoweruser and ForbesTweets: @llsethj
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Does HTC Deal Signal End to Apple's Thermonuclear War Against Android?  —  The most noteworthy piece of the just-announced Apple-HTC settlement is that the iPhone maker has a price.  —  Until now, Apple indicated only that it wanted other companies not to copy it.  It didn't seem interested in licensing its patents.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple-HTC ten-year license deal shows Android patent peace is achievable  —  Apple just published a joint statement with HTC announcing the settlement of their Android patent dispute more than 32 months after it started.  This is the third significant smartphone patent settlement since June 2011.
More: Fortune and ForbesTweets: @tim and @asymco
Richard Hay / WindowsObserver.com:
Tweetro Slams into Twitter 100K Token Limit  —  Users of the very popular 3rd party Twitter app Tweetro just received this email from Atta Elayyan the UX Designer and Co-Founder of Lazyworm Applications Ltd. and it is not good news: … Included in the email was a graphic showing the downloads …
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Online viewers start leaving if video doesn't play in 2 seconds, says study  —  As revenues decline for traditional forms of online advertising, video is emerging as a bright spot for many media companies.  It offers an opportunity for long engagement and hefty ad rates — but also a challenge to make it work.
More: Gizmodo and The Verge
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
It's Time For Apple To Unleash A Major Software Overhaul  —  The Apple backlash is in full swing right now.  —  But it really started this summer.  —  In our office, the people who review gadgets started grumbling that iOS was stale.  These grumbles were crystallized in Farhad Manjoo's story …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
With Millions Paid in Hacker Bug Bounties, Is the Internet Any Safer?  —  The night before the end of Google's Pwnium contest at the CanSecWest security conference this year in Vancouver, a tall teen dressed in khaki shorts, tube socks and sneakers was hunkered down on a hallway bench at the Sheraton hotel hacking away at his laptop.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Spotify Is Having A Good 2012: Revenues Could Reach $500M As It Expands The Digital Music Market  —  Spotify, the streaming music startup, was having serious trouble paying its bills, if you believed reports from earlier this year.  Its 2011 financials showed a loss of nearly $60 million on revenues of $244 million.

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