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November 14, 2012, 5:35 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.
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify Closes $3 Billion Funding Round  —  Spotify has closed its latest funding round, which values the company at around $3 billion, according to a person familiar with the transaction.  The Wall Street Journal had previously reported that Goldman Sachs would lead a group …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Finally Launches “Share” Button For The Mobile Feed, Its Version Of “Retweet”  —  Facebook has just confirmed with me that it is launching a retweet-style “Share” button for the mobile news feed.  The much-requested feature is now rolled out for the mobile site, and will soon come to the iOS and Android apps.
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 …
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.
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.
Eric / Droid Life:
Owner of CyanogenMod Domain Shutting Down Sites After Asking Team for $10,000  —  The CyanogenMod team took to their blog and Facebook page a few minutes ago to explain some shocking news to the Android community.  Back in the day, before CyanogenMod was the huge name that we know of it today …
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.
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 …
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 …
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
Lawyer sues Microsoft over Surface tablet storage  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California lawyer is suing Microsoft Corp., claiming the Surface tablet he bought doesn't have all the storage space the company advertised.  Andrew Sokolowski, a lawyer in Los Angeles, claims that he bought a Surface with 32 gigabytes of storage last week.
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.
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.
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 is eliminating 1,700 jobs or almost 5 percent of its global workforce to cut costs in its wireless business as it moves away from making smartphone application chips, sending its shares up almost one percent in late trade.
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