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November 13, 2012, 8:00 PM

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Nokia:
Nokia redefines digital map landscape by introducing HERE as new brand for its location and mapping service  —  Nokia extends its service across devices and operating systems  —  Nokia announces new partnership with Mozilla and planned acquisition of 3D capture company, earthmine
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.
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.
Zynga:
Zynga Announces Executive Appointments  —  Reaffirms 2012 Financial Outlook  —  Zynga Inc. (Nasdaq:ZNGA), the world's leading provider of social game services, today announced a number of changes to the company's executive team.  Among these changes, Mark Vranesh, chief accounting officer, has been appointed chief financial officer.
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 …
Jung-Ah Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Bets On Flexible Displays  —  SEOUL—As the battle for dominance in the smartphone and tablet market intensifies, South Korean conglomerate Samsung is pushing ahead with plans to start mass production of displays using plastic rather than glass, a move that will make mobile devices unbreakable, lighter and bendable.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Says Lees to Head Corporate Development, Strategy  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) said Andy Lees was named head of corporate development and strategy, part of a push by Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer to step up growth and fend off competitors led by Apple Inc.
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft issues Surface software updates, improves app performance  —  Microsoft has started to issue updates to its Surface RT device this week with the company's first monthly Patch Tuesday since Windows 8 and Windows RT's launch on October 26th.  The software maker has taken the opportunity …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google declares Flash is now ‘fully sandboxed’ in Chrome for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS  —  Google today announced that Adobe Flash Player is now “fully sandboxed” in Chrome on all desktop platforms it supports: Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS.  This is a big achievement …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Motorola wants to collect royalties on Microsoft Surface, too  —  Reporting from federal court: Microsoft's patent dispute with Motorola focuses largely on technologies used by Windows and the Xbox 360, but the Redmond company's  —  new Surface tablet computer has been the subject …
More: The Verge and GeekWire
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
Joshua Davis / Wired:
Audio: McAfee, Still in Hiding, Predicts ‘They Will Track Me Down’  —  Antivirus pioneer John McAfee is still on the run, hiding in the bottoms of boats and cars, sleeping on a mattress infested with lice, and finally taking refuge in homes at undisclosed locations in Belize.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Releases Search App For Microsoft Surface & Windows RT  —  Exciting news for Google users who have upgraded to the Microsoft Surface device & Windows RT operating system.  You can now download the Google Search App, which is specifically optimized for the Windows Surface and Windows RT.
Damaster / LiveSide.net:
Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 Preview  —  As we have reported yesterday, today marks the day when Microsoft officially releases Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7.  As expected, the download page for IE10 on Windows 7 Preview is now available on the IE Test Drive website:

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