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November 12, 2012, 12:50 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?
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
YouTube Preps Big New Round of Content Investments  —  Some Partners Will Get Another Check; Others May Quietly Go Away  —  Nearly a year after YouTube sprinkled $100 million across the online video ecosystem to create more than a hundred new “channels,” it's doubling down.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon confirms Droid DNA on its Droid Does portal, promises ‘unboxing’ on November 19th  —  Last we checked, there are about six days between Verizon / HTC's press event in New York City and November 19th.  Which, by most counts, should be just enough time for the two companies …
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.
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.
John Callaham / Neowin:
Steve Ballmer: first Surface sales are “modest”; hypes Windows 8 Pro version  —  When Microsoft started taking pre-orders of its new Windows RT-based Surface tablet in late October, it appeared that sales of the device were pretty high, thanks to high back order numbers.
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 …
Ricardo Bilton / VentureBeat:
LiveU raises $27M to fuel the future of portable video uplink  —  How much money is LiveU's 4G LTE-equipped LU70 backpack worth?  At least $27 million, according to the company's latest funding round.  —  The portable video uplink company has become the go-to for companies looking to uplink HD video while on the field.
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 …
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 …
Jeff Wise / Gizmodo:
John McAfee Wanted for Murder  —  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 Paul …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Apple Stomps On Tapjoy's App Download Circle Jerk (Again)  —  Memories of Scamville have faded, and we don't see the brazen customer ripoff schemes from the big gaming companies these days.  —  But the main company behind Scamville, Offerpal (the company renamed as Tapjoy after the Scamville disaster) …
Élyse Betters / 9to5Google:
AT&T to offer Samsung's Galaxy Camera for $500 starting Nov. 16  —  AT&T just announced the Samsung Galaxy Camera will land Nov. 16 for $499.99 with or without a data plan.  —  The Galaxy Camera is Samsung's first 4G-connected camera to marry point-and-shoot technology with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software.

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