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November 13, 2012, 4:25 PM

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Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
Nokia to Offer Its Maps for iPhones and Android Phones  —  Nokia still hasn't found its way to a successful comeback in the smartphone market.  But the company is hoping to get its tentacles into competitors' phones through mapping applications, a move it hopes will help it improve its maps.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Nokia Maps a Course For its Location Business, Unveils “Here” Location Cloud  —  Aiming to make better use of its location assets, Nokia on Tuesday introduced a cloud-based service called Here.  —  Elop has said that location will be one of five key businesses for Nokia going forward …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Hands on with Nokia's HERE, a cross-platform mapping tool that takes on Microsoft, Google, and Apple  —  Welcome to the mapping wars, it would seem.  As Microsoft burnishes Bing, Google cements its market advantage with its own tool, Apple works to right its own ship, Nokia is diving into the ring …
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 …
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google Nexus 4 And Nexus 10 Go On Sale In The U.S. Online Play Store  —  Google has just put its new Nexus 4 smartphone, 3G Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablet up for sale at the Google Play web store.  The phone retails for $299 for the 8GB version, and $349 for the 16GB variety, and the Nexus 10 goes for $399 or $499 depending on capacity.
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.
Reuters:
Exclusive: AMD hires bank to explore options - sources  —  (Reuters) - Advanced Micro Devices has hired JPMorgan Chase & Co to explore options, which could include a potential sale, as the chipmaker struggles to find a role in an industry increasingly focused on mobile and away from traditional PCs …
More: The VergeTweets: @cnbc
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
Dr. Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate:
Surface RT Display Technology Shoot-Out  —  Introduction The new Windows Tablets, led by Microsoft's Surface, provide a third major family of Tablets for consumers and the computing world.  The significance and stakes are enormous because Tablets are among the most important developments …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Akamai acquires digital content delivery specialist VeriVue in cash transaction  —  Internet content delivery network company Akamai today announced that it has acquired VeriVue in an all-cash transaction.  —  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Akamai said it expects …
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
Abu Dhabi / Reuters:
UAE toughens law on Internet dissent  —  (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates has tightened the law on online dissent, imposing jail terms for anyone who derides or caricatures the Gulf Arab country's rulers or state institutions on the web.  —  The UAE did not undergo the popular uprisings …
More: BBC, Bloomberg and The Verge
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 …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
iOS apps hijack Twitter accounts, post false “confessions” of piracy  —  Dictionary app maker's move is the very definition of how not to fight theft.  —  Arrr, matey.  I am not a real pirate.  —  Kate Haskell  —  An iOS application developer has come up with an extreme way of fighting software piracy …

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