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November 14, 2012, 7:50 PM

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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Facebook discloses insider sales  —  Facebook unlocked!  FORTUNE — Facebook announced which of its directors distributed or sold stock on Wednesday as part of the social network's unlocking of nearly 800 million shares.  According to its SEC filing, here are the details …
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.
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 …
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.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Social Warfare: Israel Live-Tweets Its Military Campaign Against Hamas  —  The era of social has officially arrived.  —  The Israeli Defense Force, the official military arm of the state of Israel, has launched a full-scale combat campaign against Hamas, the Islamist party that governs the Gaza Strip area of the Middle East.
Jon Mitchell / ReadWrite:
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.
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.
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.
Jack Clark / ZDNet:
Amazon links mainstay S3 storage to its low-cost Glacier  —  Summary: The free upgrade means companies can set up policies to automatically migrate data from the high-cost easily accessible S3 service into the low-cost long-term Glacier storage according to their own policies.  —  Jack Clark
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft updates its Windows Embedded roadmap; Embedded 8 Handheld is alive  —  Summary: Microsoft has provided yet another update to its Windows Embedded roadmap.  Many products have been renamed.  And a new version of Embedded Handheld is coming.  —  Mary Jo Foley
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 …
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
High-Speed Internet Spawns Prairie Startups  —  Superfast Web Connection Helps Kansas City, Kan., Compete to Attract Technology Ventures  —  KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Around the corner from an antiques district here, a group of entrepreneurs and computer programmers are trying to spawn …
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 …
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.
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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.
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 …

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