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November 13, 2012, 1:00 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 …
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 …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 Android 4.2 updates available to download  —  Today's the day the Nexus 4 goes on sale, but if you're a Galaxy Nexus owner not quite ready to upgrade to Google's latest flagship phone, don't worry — there's still something to look forward to.
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.
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Brad Molen / Engadget:
HTC Droid DNA coming to Verizon on November 21st for $200, pre-orders begin today  —  It's not much of a secret at this point, but HTC and Verizon have finally made their king-sized smartphone official at today's press event: the Droid DNA, which is essentially Big Red's variant …
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.
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 …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Tech CEOs urge Obama, Congress to avert ‘fiscal cliff’  —  Nine chief executives of major technology companies wrote to President Obama and members of Congress on Tuesday, urging them to avoid the “fiscal cliff” — a combination of spending cuts and expiring tax breaks set to take effect on Jan. 1.
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.
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 …

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