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November 12, 2012, 2:10 PM

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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?
Jeff Wise / Gizmodo:
Exclusive: John McAfee Wanted for Murder (Updated)  —  Antivirus pioneer John McAfee is on the run from murder charges, Belize police say.  According to Marco Vidal, head of the national police force's Gang Suppression Unit, McAfee is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull …
More: CNET and Mashable!Tweets: @joeljohnson
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.
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 …
Anton D. Nagy / Pocketnow:
Steve Ballmer: Initial Surface Sales Off To A ‘Modest’ Start (Update X2)  —  The Surface running Windows RT is available for purchase by all those that want to experience Microsoft's latest operating system on a tablet (powered by an ARM processor, since this particular OS is tailored for the slower processors).
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.
Damaster / LiveSide.net:
Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 preview coming tomorrow  —  Last month, Microsoft finally broke silence and announced that a preview version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 will be coming in mid-November.  It appears that tomorrow will be the day when Microsoft releases the latest IE10 browser for Windows 7 users.
Min Ming Lo:
A billion dollar software tech company is founded every 3 months *in U.S.  —  Ron Conway once said: “There's a billion company created every 3 months.  Now, it is every 2 months”.  I finally got the chance compile “The Billion Dollar” list.  I tried to limit this list to only software tech companies.
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 …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Samsung ATIV Odyssey Windows Phone 8 leaked with Verizon branding  —  Federal filings aside, what we're staring at here is the first look at Samsung's initial US-bound Windows Phone 8.  The ATIV Odyssey's certainly not going to be confused for the [Galaxy S III] ATIV S we've already taken for a test drive …
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 …
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.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Microsoft's Skydrive website kills Opera browsers by sending 2 million NULL characters to visitors  —  A curious oversight in the source code of Microsoft's Skydrive website is making the service almost unusable for users of Opera's desktop browsers, after it was revealed that the code includes …
Phys.org:
Australian wins $208k from Google for defamation  —  Google was ordered to pay Aus$200,000 (US$208,000) in damages to an Australian Monday after a jury found the Internet giant defamed him by publishing material linking him to mobsters.  —  Milorad Trkulja, an entertainment promoter who is now 62 …
Wesley Yin-Poole / Eurogamer.net:
DirectX 11.1 exclusive to Windows 8, Microsoft confirms  —  DirectX 11.1 is exclusive to the divisive Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft has confirmed.  Microsoft's Daniel Moth wrote on the Microsoft Answers forum that DirectX 11.1 is part of Windows 8, as DirectX 11 was part of Windows 7 when it launched.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Demonoid Is Back, BitTorrent Tracker is Now Online  —  When Demonoid went down at the end of July the site's admin blamed a DDoS attack.  This initial attack resulted in a series of problems that were not easy to fix.  —  However, at the time the tech admin of the site was determined to get the site back online.

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