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November 11, 2012, 12:45 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.
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.
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.
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: Gizmodo and The Verge
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 …
Richard Hay / WindowsObserver.com:
Tweetro Slams into Twitter 100K Token Limit  —  Users of the very popular 3rd party Twitter app Tweetro just received this email from Atta Elayyan the UX Designer and Co-Founder of Lazyworm Applications Ltd. and it is not good news: … Included in the email was a graphic showing the downloads …
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 …
More: ReadWrite, Guardian and ForbesTweets: @mattbuchanan
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 …
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.
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.
Natalie Jennings / Washington Post:
Romney digital director: Orca wasn't a loss  —  The digital director for the Romney campaign responded to criticism in the blogosphere of the campaign's Election-Day “Orca” vote monitoring platform, saying the program had issues but for the most part performed its mission.
More: VentureBeatTweets: @jayrosen_nyu

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