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November 14, 2012, 5:00 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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Jon Mitchell / ReadWrite:
Heads Up: The IDF Is Live-Blogging Its Attack On Hamas [Video]  —  We've never seen anything quite like this.  The verified social media accounts of the Israeli Defense Forces are providing live updates on a concerted military effort against Hamas.  Using the hashtag #PillarOfDefense …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
LTE 4th-gen iPads arrive at U.S. Apple Stores, not yet for sale  —  While shipments have begun of the LTE variants of the new fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini, Apple has begun stocking its U.S.-based retail stores with LTE versions of the fourth-generation iPad.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Big Data App Platform Continuuity Raises $10M From Battery, Andreessen Horowitz And Others  —  Continuuity, a company that provides a big data platform as a service for developers, has raised $10 million in Series A funding led by Battery Ventures and Ignition Partners.
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 …
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Texas Instruments to cut 1,700 jobs to reduce costs  —  (Reuters) - Texas Instruments said on Wednesday that it would eliminate 1,700 jobs worldwide to cut costs in its wireless chip business as it is moving away from making application chips for smartphones.
More: Engadget
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.
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.

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