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November 13, 2012, 2:15 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 …
Pino Bonetti / Nokia Conversations:
HERE: the next generation of location services  —  Mapping and location-based services are integral to Nokia's future and a key way that we stand out from the crowd.  —  Nokia's commitment to building the leading location offering is demonstrated every day around the world in its rich set …
More: Nokia
Elyse Betters / 9to5Google:
LG Nexus 4 now sold out on Google Play within minutes of launch  —  The LG Nexus 4 just became available in the United States, but the Google Play store already sold out of the 8 GB and 16 GB models.  Check it out: $299 8 GB LG Nexus 4 $348 16GB LG Nexus 4 Google made the Nexus 4 …
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: TechCrunch and Piaras Kelly PRTweets: @currybet
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Exclusive: Windows Phone 8 Coming to Sprint in 2013  —  Windows Phone 8 is hitting three of the four big carriers in the U.S. this year, with Nokia and HTC phones coming to AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.  But Sprint is sitting out the 2012 season, waiting to introduce Windows Phones in 2013.
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.
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.
Alana Karen / Google Fiber Blog:
Google Fiber installations kick off today  —  The title says it all!  After months of building a brand new Fiber infrastructure, we're excited to announce that today we're officially starting to connect homes in Kansas City to Google Fiber.  —  We've been working in a few homes …
Reuters:
Apple stops selling customer protection plan at Italian shops  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has stopped selling a customer protection plan that raised concerns with Italy's antitrust authority, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.  —  Italy's competition watchdog had threatened the U.S. giant …
More: GigaOM

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