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November 12, 2012, 11:15 AM

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Donny H. / Inside BlackBerry:
BlackBerry 10 Launch Event to be held on January 30th, 2013  —  One of my favorite things about working as a community and blog manager for BlackBerry ® is getting to talk to you and provide updates on our products.  Each day on our social channels fans, followers and readers ask, when will BlackBerry ® 10 launch?
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Minding The (Apple)Store  —  As I've written many times in the past, I'm part of the vast chorus that praises the Apple Store.  And not just for the uncluttered product displays, the no-pressure sales people (who aren't on commission), or the Genius Bar that provides expert help, but for the impressive architecture.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Minding the store  —  Apple's Retail head was recently replaced.  The hire seems to have been a mistake dealt with quite swiftly.  It is tempting to think that the firing of a manager is due to a failure in their performance, measurable in quarterly reported metrics.  But this is not often the case.
More: Guardian and CNETTweets: @dbfarber, @djbressler and @hermione1
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung reportedly raising iPhone and iPad processor prices by a fifth  —  Samsung has made no secret of the fact that it provides a number of the key components inside Apple's flagship iPhone and iPad devices, even while actively competing against them with its own Galaxy line of Android competitors.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
YouTube Preps Big New Round of Content Investments  —  Some Partners Will Get Another Check; Others May Quietly Go Away  —  Nearly a year after YouTube sprinkled $100 million across the online video ecosystem to create more than a hundred new “channels,” it's doubling down.
Wall Street Journal:
HTC to Pay Licensing Fees to Apple  —  TAIPEI—HTC Corp. will have to pay licensing fees to Apple Inc. as part of its settlement agreement with the California-based company, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.  —  Although it is unclear how much the Taiwanese smartphone maker …
More: CNET, PhoneArena and Digits
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
With Kim Dotcom's Me.ga plans scuppered, soon-to-relaunch Mega goes online at Mega.co.nz  —  After his dreams of a Me.ga domain were shot down by Gabon's government, Kim Dotcom's soon-to-relaunch Mega service has finally found its place online after the German confirmed that the Mega holding site …
Daniel Rubino / wpcentral.com:
Skype Preview for Windows Phone 8 is now available!  Hands on video.  —  Oh what a weekend it has been.  With the launch of Windows Phone 8 on AT&T and Verizon and T-Mobile expected in the next week, it has been quite exciting but now it is coming to full steam with the release of Skype for Windows Phone 8.
Tom Bergin / Reuters:
Starbucks, Amazon and Google to face UK lawmakers over tax  —  (Reuters) - UK lawmakers will quiz executives of Starbucks (SBUX.O), Google (GOOG.O) and Amazon (AMZN.O) on Monday about how they have managed to pay only small amounts of tax in Britain while racking up billions of dollars worth of sales here.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Apple Stomps On Tapjoy's App Download Circle Jerk (Again)  —  Memories of Scamville have faded, and we don't see the brazen customer ripoff schemes from the big gaming companies these days.  —  But the main company behind Scamville, Offerpal (the company renamed as Tapjoy after the Scamville disaster) …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
j2 Global buys tech media company Ziff Davis for $167 million in cash  —  Well, well, well.  It turns out Ziff Davis will live on to die another day.  The technology media company has been acquired by j2 Global, a business cloud services provider, for roughly $167 million in cash on hand.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Cray's Titan system takes supercomputer crown  —  Summary: Titan is a Cray XK7 system that hit 17.59 Petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark.  Titan features 560,640 processors, including 261,632 Nvidia K20x accelerator cores.  —  Larry Dignan  —  The Oak Ridge National Laboratory …
Janet I. Tu / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft, Motorola set to square off in court over patent payments  —  Microsoft and Motorola will be battling it out in a federal courtroom in Seattle starting Tuesday.  The trial is being closely watched for its ramifications on the larger patent — and market — battles being fought between huge tech companies.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon confirms Droid DNA on its Droid Does portal, promises ‘unboxing’ on November 19th  —  Last we checked, there are about six days between Verizon / HTC's press event in New York City and November 19th.  Which, by most counts, should be just enough time for the two companies …
Tony Romm / Politico:
Obama 2.0 will revitalize tech agenda  —  The reelection of President Barack Obama along with another politically divided Congress means the tech policy battles from the past few years are going to intensify, even if a few of the faces fighting are about to change.

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