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November 13, 2012, 11:50 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
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Google Fiber is live in Kansas City, real-world speeds at 700 Mbps  —  Mike Demarais posted this to Twitter during the first few minutes that Google Fiber went live in his Kansas City home.  —  Mike Demarais  —  After months of fanfare and anticipation, gigabit home Internet service Google …
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 …
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
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.
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.
Olivia Smith / CNNMoney.com:
Papa John's faces $250 million spam lawsuit  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Popular U.S. pizza chain Papa John's faces a $250 million class-action lawsuit for blasting customers with illegal text messages.  —  The plaintiffs allege that Papa John's ( PZZA) franchises sent customers a total of 500,000 unwanted messages in early 2010.
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.
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 …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 takes on Google Glass in 2013  —  Vuzix has revealed its challenge to Google's Glass, the Vuzix Smart Glasses M100, a wearable Android computer set to hit the market in early 2013.  Resembling an oversized Bluetooth headset, the Ice Cream Sandwich-based M100 consists …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Eric Savitz / Forbes:
Facebook: Better Brace Yourself; It's Mega-Lockup Eve  —  Brace yourself.  —  Tomorrow, the lock-up agreement covering 777 million shares held by Facebook insiders will expire, making the giant pile of shares - which accounts for 36% of the stock outstanding - free trading.

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