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November 13, 2012, 4:35 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 …
More: Wired
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.
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: AllThingsD and The VergeTweets: @cnbc
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.
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 …
Euan Rocha / Reuters:
RIM sees BB10 devices available soon after launch  —  (Reuters) - Research In Motion is confident that its new BlackBerry 10 devices will be 100 percent ready for the January 30 launch, and available in stores “not too long after” that, Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear said on Tuesday.
More: NYT Bits and Pocketnow
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
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 …

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