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November 13, 2012, 12:05 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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
In the Sinofsky Departure, Bill Gates Sided With the Other Steve (Ballmer) at Microsoft  —  Sometimes — even in the most complex of organizations, which software behemoth Microsoft most certainly is — it does come down to a simple choice.  —  And, in the case of the seemingly sudden departure …
More: The Verge
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 …
Eric Savitz / Forbes:
Microsoft Shares Slump On Concerns About Sinofsky's Exit  —  Microsoft shares are trading lower Tuesday morning on investor concerns about the implications of the company's announcement last night that Windows and Windows Live President Steven Sinofsky is leaving the company.
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 …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google Nexus 4 And Nexus 10 Go On Sale In The U.S. Online Play Store  —  Google has just put its new Nexus 4 smartphone, 3G Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablet up for sale at the Google Play web store.  The phone retails for $299 for the 8GB version, and $349 for the 16GB variety, and the Nexus 10 goes for $399 or $499 depending on capacity.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Joshua Davis / Wired:
Murder Suspect John McAfee: I'm Innocent  —  As Belizean police combed the property of expat antivirus pioneer John McAfee Sunday afternoon, McAfee was closer than they could have known.  He'd seen them coming, and says he hid — burying himself in the sand with a cardboard box over his head so he could breathe.
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 …
Dan Lyons / ReadWrite:
Mark Cuban: Facebook Is Driving Away Brands - Starting With Mine  —  Tech billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he is fed up with Facebook and will take his business elsewhere.  He's sick of getting hit with huge fees to send messages to his team's fans and followers.
More: Piaras Kelly PRTweets: @currybet
Dorothy Chou / The Official Google Blog:
Transparency Report: Government requests on the rise  —  We think it's important to shine a light on how government actions could affect our users.  When we first launched the Transparency Report in early 2010, there wasn't much data out there about how governments sometimes hamper the free flow of information on the web.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple's 2012 Holiday Gift Guide goes live  —  Apple's Holiday Gift Guide just went live as part of the online Apple Store.  The new page, which breaks down gifts by product line, catalogs the best of the Apple Store which Apple also notes offers free shipping on all products.
Erin Griffith / PandoDaily:
Loosecubes shuts down after raising $7.8 million in June  —  Loosecubes, the New York-based co-working startup, has shut down its operations, according to a cryptic blog post on its site.  In June, the company raised $7.8 million in venture backing from New Enterprise Associates, Accel Partners …
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Visa's Digital Wallet V.me Exits Beta With 50 U.S. Banks Participating; Point-of-Sale Integration, Mobile Apps Due In Early 2013  —  As the digital wallet battle rages on here in the U.S., with Google Wallet, Amex's Serve, MasterCard's PayPass, Square, PayPal, carrier-backed Isis …
Damaster / LiveSide.net:
Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 Preview  —  As we have reported yesterday, today marks the day when Microsoft officially releases Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7.  As expected, the download page for IE10 on Windows 7 Preview is now available on the IE Test Drive website:
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Fender launches new $199 Squier USB Stratocaster for iOS devices exclusively at the Apple Store  —  While there are a quite a few USB guitar solutions on the market already, Fender is bringing a USB version of its popular Squire Stratocaster series exclusively to the Apple Store.
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: Betabeat and CNET
Samantha Murphy / Mashable!:
Facebook Tests Ranked Comments to Boost Engagement  —  Facebook is testing a new comments format on brand and subscriber pages by placing the most engaging comments up higher on posts, the company confirmed on Monday.  —  “We are testing a new format for comments on Page posts,” Facebook said in a statement to Mashable.

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