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November 14, 2012, 3:35 PM

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The Official Google TV Blog:
Google TV: Now faster and easier  —  Last year, your Google TV received an update which added Google Play and simplified the entertainment discovery experience.  Our next update makes finding whatever you want on Google TV even faster and easier.  The update starts to roll out this week to LG devices and to other devices thereafter.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOm:
Google TV update adds voice control, taps into Knowledge Graph  —  Google announced the next big update for Google TV Wednesday, bringing advanced voice control, a new programming guide app and all kinds of smarts derived from Google's Knowledge Graph to the platform.
Yonhap News Agency:
Samsung rules out patent talks with Apple  —  Top smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co. does not intend to hold talks with Apple Inc. to reach an agreement on their ongoing patent tussle, its mobile business chief said Wednesday, raising views the company will rely on legal means rather than settling the issue out of court.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Skype plugs security hole letting anyone hijack accounts, says ‘small number’ of users affected  —  A number of hours after The Next Web revealed a flaw in the way Skype handled password resets, allowing third-parties to hijack accounts using just an email address, Skype has said that it has now fixed the issue.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Class-action lawsuit filed against Uber by San Francisco taxi drivers for unfair competition  —  Uber is facing another challenge to its service and this time it's happening on its home turf.  Attorney Gary Oswald has just announced he's filed a class-action lawsuit against the transportation startup due …
More: CNET, Betabeat and GigaOM
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Adobe says user forum was breached, takes site offline  —  (Reuters) - Adobe Systems Inc, the world's biggest maker of design software, said on Wednesday that its Connectusers.com customer service site was compromised in a data breach by an unknown party.  —  The company said it took the site offline on Tuesday evening.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Pinterest Removes Ban on Commercial Use as It Adds Business Accounts  —  On a site where people share pictures of stuff they want to buy, it makes sense that people who make stuff would want to share it themselves.  And so Pinterest is full of businesses posting their own content and products.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Gartner: Android Accounted For 72% Of Smartphone Sales In Q3, Overall Sales Of Mobile Handsets Down 3%  —  Gartner has this morning published its numbers on the performance of the mobile handset industry in Q3.  The topline figure is that the mobile industry overall continues to see pressure …
Media Decoder:
Spotify Attracts Investments From Coca-Cola and Fidelity  —  Coca-Cola is becoming a minority investor in Spotify, as part of a new round of financing that will bring in $100 million and value the streaming music service at about $3 billion.  —  Spotify has completed the financing round …
Ian Austen / NYT Bits:
RIM's Chief Is Confident of BlackBerry 10 Success  —  Thorsten Heins, the chief executive of Research In Motion, visited The New York Times readily tells his employees, developers and customers, BlackBerry 10, the name for the new phones and the software platform running it, is a very big bet for RIM.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Facebook And Partners Launch Social Jobs App With 1.7M Listings  —  The Social Jobs Partnership — an initiative that includes The US Department of Labor, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), DirectEmployers Association, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies …
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Ex-Windows Chief Seen as Smart but Abrasive  —  On a warm night in late October, Steven Sinofsky stood on a platform in New York's Times Square, smiling as a huge crowd roared at the unveiling of a Microsoft retail store, where Windows 8 and the company's new Surface tablet were about to go on sale.
Wall Street Journal:
Icahn vs. Hastings: The Fight for the Future of Netflix  —  Corporate raider Carl Icahn called Netflix Inc. Chief Executive Reed Hastings on Halloween with a message that no executive wants to hear: His company was about to be put in play.  —  During the brief call, Mr. Icahn told Mr. Hastings …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
TaskRabbit Acquires Kids' Clothing Startup One Jackson To Add Marketplace Expertise  —  TaskRabbit, the online marketplace that lets people outsource small jobs and tasks, has acquired One Jackson, an e-commerce site for kids' clothing.  —  Financial terms of the deal haven't been disclosed.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
New BlackBerry Messenger will offer free voice calls over Wi-Fi, open beta starts today  —  RIM may be focusing most of its energy on the upcoming launch of the BlackBerry 10 OS, but it's also getting ready to roll out a major new feature to BlackBerry Messenger users.
Dalton Caldwell:
Understanding Like-gate  —  Several prominent people are up in arms about Facebook charging for access to users who have already Liked their page.  —  I believe this debate is missing the big picture, and what we are in fact witnessing is the unfurling of the full-fledged Facebook business model.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Yoga PC Flips and Bends, but as a Tablet, It's Clumsy  —  Windows 8 presents a dilemma for PC makers.  It contains two very different user interfaces: a touch-oriented, tablet-like one with clusters of tiles, full-screen apps and an on-screen keyboard; plus the traditional Windows desktop and apps …
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.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Obama signs secret directive to help thwart cyberattacks  —  President Obama has signed a secret directive that effectively enables the military to act more aggressively to thwart cyberattacks on the nation's web of government and private computer networks.  —  Presidential Policy Directive …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
iPad Mini Creates More Demand Than It Cannibalizes  —  Now that the iPad mini has arrived at market and is evidently selling well, there's no doubt that the original iPad will suffer some cannibalization by its smaller sibling.  But according to a survey from Cowen and Co. it may turn out to be minor …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Profitable Billtrust Takes $25M to Supercharge Growth  —  Billtrust may be in the unglamorous business of outsourced bill processing, but Bain Capital Ventures finds it so irresistible, it's provided the company with $25 million in funding.  —  How to explain Billtrust's appeal?

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