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November 12, 2012, 6:15 AM

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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: CNETTweets: @dbfarber, @djbressler and @hermione1
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.
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.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Is Dailybooth, THE original Web photo sharing service, closing down?  (Update: Yes)  —  Dailybooth, one of the first startups that helped bring online photo taking and sharing to the masses, is to close its doors, according to users who have received a shutdown note from the service.
More: Neowin and InternautTweets: @spencerchen
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Surface Of Mars: My Date With A Microsoft Kiosk  —  “What's the best feature of the Surface?”  —  “Um, everything.”  —  Thus began my experience at a local mall buying a Microsoft Surface.  —  Yes, I bought a Surface — me, the lover of all things Apple and perhaps the biggest fan of the iPad out there.
Ryan Gallagher / Slate:
Did Skype Give a Private Company Data on Teen WikiLeaks Supporter Without a Warrant?  —  Skype faces accusations that it handed user data to a private company without a warrant  —  Photo Illustration by Mario Tama/Getty Images  —  Skype's privacy credentials took a hit in July over a refusal …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft to use Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani, and other celebrities to promote Windows Phone 8  —  After an on stage appearance by Jessica Alba at Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 launch recently, the company and its partners are starting to use even more celebrities to promote Redmond's latest mobile OS.
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 …
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
More startups let employees sell shares on SecondMarket amid IPO uncertainty  —  Over the past few years on SecondMarket, the New York-based platform for trading shares in privately-held companies, the majority of sellers have been former employees of startups.

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