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November 12, 2012, 7:40 PM

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Sara Forden / Bloomberg:
Google Said to Face Ultimatum From FTC in Antitrust Talks  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) is being pressed by U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jonathan Leibowitz to make an offer to settle the agency's antitrust investigation in the next few days or face a formal complaint, two people familiar with the situation said.
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 …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Email Location Data Led FBI to Uncover Top Spy's Affair  —  U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, presides over a re-enlistment and awards ceremony while visiting Soldiers of Task Force Mountain Warrior.  Photo: U.S. Army Spc. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Matt Thompson / The Mozilla Blog:
Introducing Popcorn Maker  —  Brett Gaylor launching Popcorn Maker at the Mozilla Festival this morning  —  Today at the Mozilla Festival, we're extremely proud to launch the 1.0 version of Popcorn Maker, a free web app that makes video pop with interactivity, context and the magic of the web.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
HTC settlement may pay Apple $8 per phone, act as blueprint for Samsung & Motorola  —  Apple's out-of-court settlement with rival smartphone maker HTC is expected to give Apple a net licensing fee of as much as $8 per phone, and may also serve as a blueprint for future deals with Samsung and Motorola.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
On not being boring: A dramatic reading of Apple's share price  —  Apple's renaissance began with the iPod.  This was not evident right away however.  The product was unveiled on October 23, 2001 at a time when Apple's share price had just fallen 70% from year-earlier levels.
More: Fortune, Fortune and 9to5Mac
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?
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.
Jessica Roy / Betabeat:
Look Out, New York: Randi Zuckerberg Is Casting for a New Techcentric Bravo Show Set in the Big Apple  —  With 634,000 viewers tuning in for last week's premiere of Start-Ups: Silicon Valley, newly-minted Bravo TV producer Randi Zuckerberg already has her sights set on New York.
More: PC Magazine and DigitsTweets: @megan
Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Gives In to Employee Perks  —  CEO Tim Cook Pushes Employee-Friendly Benefits Long Shunned by Steve Jobs  —  When it comes to keeping employees happy, Apple Inc. appears to be taking some inspiration from Google Inc.  —  Earlier this year, Apple told some employees about a new initiative called …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter snags former Google Deputy General Counsel Nicole Wong for legal team  —  Twitter has scored a nice get for its legal team with the addition of former Google VP and Deputy General Counsel Nicole Wong.  Wong joins the team as legal director today, which already sports several ex-Googlers of its own …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google announces 11.6-inch Acer C7 Chromebook with 3.5 hours of battery life, for just $199  —  Google today announced the $199 Acer C7 Chromebook, available tomorrow in the US on Google Play, BestBuy.com, and rolling out this week in select Best Buy stores.
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.
Donna Tam / CNET:
Facebook insiders could sell 773 million shares Wednesday  —  The largest set of employee stock shares since the company's IPO can be sold this week as another stock “lockup” expiration date passes.  —  The largest set of Facebook stock shares available since May, when the company went public …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple improves first-run Passbook experience in iOS 6.1 beta 2  —  A new beta version of iOS 6.1 has been seeded to developers today, and it includes a better, more explanatory first-run Passbook experience for users.  The updated Passbook app now features a card that gives more detail …
More: CNET, iMore.com, OS X Daily and BGRThanks:@alex
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Some LTE iPads getting delivered as early as Friday, Nov. 16  —  Late last week, Apple started notifying customers that orders of LTE iPad minis would begin shipping within 5 business days.  Those same customers were also reporting updated shipping times ranging from Nov. 21 to Nov. 23.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Louis C.K. Comes Back to HBO, but Doesn't Ditch the Web, Either  —  Last year Louis C.K. earned the love of the Internet by cutting out the middlemen and selling his comedy special directly to his fans, over the Internet.  —  Other comedians — and at least one start-up — followed in his footsteps.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
This Facebook “All” Link Lets You See An Almost Unfiltered News Feed, But It Might Get Shut Down  —  Facebook filters the news feed so you only see the 15% or so of stories it thinks you'll find most interesting.  But a newly discovered “All” link shows you almost everything posted by your friends and Pages you Like, Twitter style.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
NEC outs cloud computing facial recognition service for merchants  —  NEC has launched a $880 per month service in Japan that lets merchants profile customers using just a PC and video camera.  The system uses facial recognition powered by the company's cloud computing service to estimate …

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