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November 13, 2012, 6:05 AM

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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:
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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Inside Microsoft, a clash of personalities led to Sinofsky's departure: sources  —  As with Scott Forstall at Apple, Sinofsky clashed with core teams and executives  —  The abrupt departure of Windows and Windows Live President Steven Sinofsky this evening has surprised …
More: PolygonTweets: @mikeisaac
CNET:
Sinofsky's memo regarding his departure from Microsoft  —  The internal e-mail Windows chief Steven sent to employees regarding his departure from the software giant.  —  Microsoft announced the immediate departure of Windows President Steven Sinofsky this evening.
More: DailyTech, WindowsWave, 9to5Mac and The VergeTweets: @alex
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 …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google's Nexus 4, 3G Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 go on sale across Europe  —  With its Nexus devices already sold out in Australia, Google has pushed live orders for the Nexus 4, 3G Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 in the UK, France, Germany and Spain allowing customers to get their hands on the heavily-discounted …
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.
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook test makes comments on page posts more like web plugin, including in-line replies and ranking algorithm  —  Facebook has given us an update on its latest test for page post comments: in addition to a new option to reply to specific comments, the entire thread will be sorted …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
The iPad Mini and the cost of Retina  —  The iPad Mini is a conflicted product.  —  It's much better than the iPad 3 and 4 to handle, carry, and hold up during use.  It has the best external design of any iPad to date.  It runs cooler than the iPad 3 or 4, it has almost the same battery life despite …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
DataSift Raises $15M To Help Businesses Mine And Analyze Social Data  —  DataSift, company that provides developers and third parties with access to Twitter, Facebook and other social data sources, has raised $15.25 million in Series B funding led by Scale Venture Partners with Northgate Capital and Daher Capital participating.
Zach Honig / Engadget:
SugarSync releases version 2.0 beta with new UI, drag-and-drop sharing and cross-device search  —  SugarSync's popular cloud sharing app just got a complete web and desktop makeover.  Version 2.0 beta is now available in desktop, web and Android app flavors, bringing a handful of new features to subscribers on multiple platforms.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Along With New Homepage, Yahoo Also Set to Launch a “Gmail-Like” Email Reboot to Slow Gmail Gains  —  According to sources close to the company, Yahoo is prepping to launch a major overhaul of Yahoo Mail — which sources said has a cleaner, “more Gmail-like” look.
More: CNET
Robert Greene / Fast Company:
The Aha!  Moments That Made Paul Graham's Y Combinator Possible  —  When it comes to funding startups, Y Combinator is an incubation machine.  And behind it all are founder Paul Graham's unique insights about what constitutes true innovation.  —  In the summer of 1995 …
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.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Another Square Copycat: Bank of America Launches Mobile Payments  —  Square may get get a lot of credit for making mobile payments mainstream, but the ability to accept a credit card using a smartphone is turning into an unmistakable commodity.  —  The latest to enter the space is Bank …
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
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: ZDNet, Gizmodo and Reuters
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.

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