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November 13, 2012, 10:05 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: ZDNet and blogs.telegraph.co.ukTweets: @mikeisaac
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
Big Data startup Platfora pulls in $20M to ‘make Hadoop amazing’  —  Platfora, the startup that made a splash at the recent Strata conference with a promise to “unleash the potential of Hadoop” has raised its second round of funding.  —  The San Mateo, Calif.-based company has been baking …
Phone Arena:
Root users: Samsung S-Memo is insecurely storing your Google Account credentials  —  This is a warning for some Samsung Galaxy users out there who have rooted your device: Samsung's S-Memo is not securely storing your Google Account credentials, and because your device is rooted, that data could be at risk.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Kapor Capital's Ross Fubini Joins Canaan Partners, Plans To Back Enterprise Consumerization Startups  —  Ross Fubini, formerly of Kapor Capital, has joined Canaan Partners as a venture partner.  —  At Kapor, Fubini led investments in Pizza, CitrusLane, GingerIO, KarmaLoop, and others.
More: AllThingsD

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