November 12, 2012, 2:00 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
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 …
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.
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.
More: BetaNews, WindowsWave and WinsydeTweets: @spencerchen
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 …
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: InternautTweets: @spencerchen
Dr. Michael Wu / TechCrunch:
The Problem With Measuring Digital Influence  —  Social media is a required avenue for brands to engage their customers.  However, social media engagement is primarily based on conversations and personalized interactions that are difficult to scale.  Influencer marketing provides brands …
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.

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