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November 11, 2012, 6:25 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.
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: Wired, Fortune and Forbes
Tweets: @tim and @asymco
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.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Where Did Spotify's Billion Dollars Go?  Ask Netflix.  —  Six months ago, Spotify was going to be worth $4 billion.  Now it looks like a new funding round will value the streaming music company at $3 billion.  —  Where did that billion dollars go?  —  The most obvious answer is that all sorts …
Tweets: @georgezachary
Dr. Michael Wu / TechCrunch:
The Problem With Measuring Digital Influence  —  Editor's note: Dr. Michael Wu is the Principal Scientist of Analytics at Lithium where he is currently applying data-driven methodologies to investigate and understand the complex dynamics of the social Web.  —  Social media is a required avenue for brands to engage their customers.
Tweets: @bill_gross and @jeffjarvis
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.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Oliver Luckett of theAudience, Building Online Fan Bases  —  EVEN in an industry accustomed to madcap characters, Oliver Luckett cuts a “Who was that?” swath across Hollywood.  —  Raised in Mississippi and with the accent to prove it, Mr. Luckett, 38, is known for zooming around town in an Aston Martin …
More: The VergeTweets: @counternotions
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.

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