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November 12, 2012, 9:20 AM

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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?
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: Guardian and CNETTweets: @dbfarber, @djbressler and @hermione1
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.
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.
Tony Romm / Politico:
Obama 2.0 will revitalize tech agenda  —  The reelection of President Barack Obama along with another politically divided Congress means the tech policy battles from the past few years are going to intensify, even if a few of the faces fighting are about to change.
Scott Thomas Bruce / The Diplomat:
The Information Age:N. Korean Style  —  The “Hermit Kingdom” has slowly embraced cell phones and cyberspace - on its own terms.  Those expecting that technology will lead to a “Pyongyang Spring” will be disappointed.  —  During the floods and famine of the 1990s, the North Korea regime …
Tom Bergin / Reuters:
Starbucks, Amazon and Google to face UK lawmakers over tax  —  (Reuters) - UK lawmakers will quiz executives of Starbucks (SBUX.O), Google (GOOG.O) and Amazon (AMZN.O) on Monday about how they have managed to pay only small amounts of tax in Britain while racking up billions of dollars worth of sales here.
More: Guardian and The Verge
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: Betabeat, Internaut and NeowinTweets: @spencerchen
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