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November 13, 2012, 2:45 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 …
More: SiliconANGLE and ZDNet
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Winklevoss Twins Lead Investment in Start-Up Shopping Site  —  While many are still lamenting the failures of the Facebook's initial public offering, two of its most well-known shareholders are no longer wringing their hands.  —  Instead, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss - the twins referred to as the …
More: CNET and Betabeat
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: CNET and GigaOM
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 …

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