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November 13, 2012, 10:40 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 …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Who is Julie Larson-Green?  Meet the new head of Windows  —  Summary: Microsoft announced on November 12 that Windows President Steven Sinofsky is leaving, effective immediately.  Meet the new head of Windows engineering, Julie Larson-Green.  —  I don't know the back story here …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Andrea Shalal-Esa / Reuters:
Lockheed says cyber attacks up sharply, suppliers targeted  —  (Reuters) - The Pentagon's No. 1 supplier, Lockheed Martin Corp, on Monday cited dramatic growth in the number and sophistication of international cyber attacks on its networks and said it was contacting suppliers to help them shore up their security.
More: BBC, CNET and ITProPortal
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
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple Stores top Tiffany's in sales per square foot, again  —  But the $45 dollars the average Apple Store customer spends each visit is the least of it  —  FORTUNE — It is likely that there is no retail outlet in the world that generates as much cash per square foot than an Apple Store.
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Everspin ships first ST-MRAM memory with 500X performance of flash  —  The current DIMM has 64MB capacity  —  Everspin Technologies today announced what it is calling the industry's first Spin-Torque Magnetoresistive RAM (ST-MRAM) chip, which offers a non-volatile alternative to non-volatile DRAM sub systems.
Humayun Khan / BetaKit:
With 1.4M Images Uploaded, Foap Adds $500K for Crowdsourced Stock Photo App  —  Foap, an app that lets users sell their iPhone photos, announced today that since it launched in June over 1.4 million images have been uploaded to the app, with almost one million of them approved for purchase …

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Brings World's Fastest Texting to Windows Phone 8.1  —  Gaurav Sharma appeared relaxed but focused in his purple hoodie on Jan. 16, 2014.  Less than 20 seconds later, Sharma, a 15-year-old …
Atlassian:
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