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November 13, 2012, 7:30 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.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Verizon to offer free Windows Phone 8 smartphone before the end of the year  —  Verizon Wireless recently announced availability of its first Windows Phone 8 devices, the HTC Windows Phone 8X and Nokia Lumia 822, both of which are shipping before the Thanksgiving holiday this year.
More: CNET and WindowsWave
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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:
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Bloomberg launches financial app store, offers Angry Bonds  —  It's not exactly Angry Birds or Call of Duty but, well, this is Wall Street.  Financial giant Bloomberg this morning launched an app store with offerings like Trade Navigator, Market Grader and, yes, Angry Bonds.
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.
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.
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 …
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