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November 11, 2012, 11:35 AM

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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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Does Apple's HTC Agreement Indicate A Softening Of Its Approach To Patent Litigation?  —  Apple and HTC today announced jointly a settlement of all ongoing patent litigation between the two, in a licensing agreement with a 10-year term, any further terms of which were not released.
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
David Petraeus Was Brought Down by ... Gmail  —  The CIA director's path to resignation began with some email messages.  —  Reuters/Joshua Roberts  —  While David Petraeus was serving as a four-star general in the U.S. Army, he began exchanging emails with the woman who would eventually write his biography.
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 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Seriously, Apple Is Doomed  —  Dan Crow, another former Apple employee from the 1990s, also says Apple has shown itself to be doomed without Steve Jobs, in a piece for The Guardian headlined “We've Passed Peak Apple”: … On the contrary, for better or for worse, iOS 6 Maps is exactly …
Rani Molla / GigaOM:
Kickstarter launches are up 50% in the last six months [charts]  —  Kickstarter has taken a bit of heat lately for entrepreneuers not delivering on their projects, but the number of Kickstarter launches continues to climb.  It's up 50 percent, to over 76,909, in the last six months.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Apple loses bid to nix patent troll's ‘screen rotation’ suit  —  Court rules that patent lawsuit against Apple can go to a jury.  At issue: whether the iPhone's screen rotation and call rejection features violate patents originally held by Sony and Nokia.  —  You might think it's obvious …
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: The Verge
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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Microsoft:
Microsoft Brings World's Fastest Texting to Windows Phone 8.1  —  Gaurav Sharma appeared relaxed but focused in his purple hoodie on Jan. 16, 2014.  Less than 20 seconds later, Sharma, a 15-year-old …
Atlassian:
Every team needs kick-ass code reviews  —  Code reviews help spread knowledge and coding best practices throughout a team.  In this article we'll take a look at why code reviews are important, and how to optimize the practice.
Zoho Blogs:
2 Ways Live Chat Can Enhance Your Customer Service  —  Landing a new customer is 5x more expensive than keeping an existing customer.  How do we keep our customers happy?  By providing outstanding support.
Silicon Valley Bank:
SVB's Halo Report shares angel investment activity for 2013  —  The 2013 Halo Report finds angel investment activity on the rise with more high-valuation deals closed in 2013 than in 2012.
 

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