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November 12, 2012, 9:50 PM

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Leadership Changes to Drive Next Wave of Products  —  Steven Sinofsky to leave the company; Windows executives Julie Larson-Green and Tami Reller take expanded roles.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that Windows and Windows Live President Steven Sinofsky will be leaving …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Breaking: Windows Head Steven Sinofsky to Leave Microsoft  —  Windows unit president Steven Sinofsky is leaving the company, effective immediately, AllThingsD has confirmed.  —  The move comes less than a month after Sinofsky presided over the launch of Windows 8 and Microsoft's Surface tablet-products seen …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Steve Ballmer's letter to team on Sinofsky departure  —  We've just learned that Windows chief Steven Sinofsky has left Microsoft, less than a month after the Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface launch.  Here's what CEO Steve Ballmer had to say about the executive departure …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Changing Channels: YouTube Will Pull the Plug on at Least 60 Percent of Its Programming Deals  —  YouTube has helped fund about 160 “channels” as part of a new strategy to make the video site more TV-like.  —  And just like the TV world, YouTube isn't going to renew all of last season's programs.
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.
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?
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
CoTweet Founders Reunite, Raise Seed Round For Their New Company “Seesaw”  —  An interesting team is getting back together for something new, and it's worth noting.  The founders of CoTweet, a company which was acquired by ExactTarget, is joining forces for a new startup called Seesaw.
More: The Next WebThanks:@compellasearch
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.
CNET:
France says Amazon owes $252 million in back taxes  —  Tax claim just the latest flare-up between U.S. tech companies operating overseas.  —  The French government says that Amazon owes it $252 million in back taxes.  The sum includes interest and penalties.
More: Reuters

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Microsoft:
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Zoho:
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