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November 15, 2012, 9:50 AM

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Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Microsoft CEO Ballmer suggests more hardware coming  —  Microsoft Corp's chief executive said his company would look at more opportunities to build its own devices, after the launch of its Surface tablet last month, potentially bringing the software giant into competition with its hardware partners …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Steve Ballmer: Android Ecosystem Is Wild And Uncontrolled, Apple Is High Priced And Highly Controlled  —  Tonight during Reid Hoffman's interview with Steve Ballmer, the two talked about everything Microsoft.  Now that Ballmer is talking about his competitors he let out a few bonzo words …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Talks Turkey in Silicon Valley  —  The sales pitch for Windows 8 started early on Wednesday night.  —  Before the doors to the ballroom had opened for Steve Ballmer's speech, Microsoft had an army of its store staff roaming the halls, showing off the Surface to anyone who would stop.
More: CNET, Bloomberg, VentureBeat, CNET and AllThingsDTweets: @levie
Matt Rosoff / CITEworld:
HP's Todd Bradley: Surface is no competition to us  —  Todd Bradley, the head of HP's PC business, does not view Microsoft's Surface tablet as a challenge.  —  “I'd hardly call Surface competition,” Bradley said in an interview with IDG Enterprise.  He listed several reasons, “One, very limited distribution.
John Callaham / Neowin:
Early data shows Surface as most popular Windows 8/RT device  —  Microsoft still won't reveal how well its own home grown Surface tablet is selling a few weeks after its launch, although third party data shows it's doing pretty well so far.  However, some new information from a online ad network …
More: CNET and AdDuplex Blog
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Social Warfare: Israel Live-Tweets Its Military Campaign Against Hamas  —  Cry havoc, and let slip the tweets of war.  —  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.
Kontra / counternotions:
Is Siri really Apple's future?  —  Siri is a promise.  A promise of a new computing environment, enormously empowering to the ordinary user, a new paradigm in our evolving relationship with machines.  Siri could change Apple's fortunes like iTunes and App Store...or end up being like the useful …
More: FortuneTweets: @carnage4life
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 ships today, 4G version to follow next week  —  Did you skip the iPad mini and Nexus 10?  Were you looking for something a little more content focused with a form factor in between the standard sizes?  Well folks, it your lucky day, because the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is here!
David Talbot / MIT Technology Review:
One Simple Trick Could Disable a City's 4G Phone Network  —  High-speed LTE networks could be felled by a $650 piece of gear, says a new study.  —  Why It Matters  —  LTE networks can have 10 times the bandwidth of 3G, and are eyed as the basis for a new wave of data-rich applications worldwide.
More: The Verge and Engadget
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Built to win: Deep inside Obama's campaign tech  —  The tech unit's sign, autographed by its members.  —  The reelection of Barack Obama was won by people, not by software.  But in a contest as close as last week's election, software may have given the Obama for America organization's people a tiny edge …
More: Gizmodo and The Verge
Angus Loten / Wall Street Journal:
How I Built It: Search for Doctor Leads to Creation of Yelp  —  Jeremy Stoppelman was a Harvard Business School student exploring ideas for promising startups when he caught the flu.  His online search for a doctor eventually led to the creation of Yelp Inc., a website that allows users to read and post reviews on local businesses.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Gmail now lets you search for emails by size, with flexible date options, exact match, and more  —  Google just announced yet another improvement to Gmail's search function.  In short, there are a ton of new options available now that let you search through your email with a fine tooth comb.
Frank Cifaldi / Gamasutra:
‘Memory’ board game trademark threatens several iOS games  —  Apple is sending notices to several developers asking them to remove or rename Apps that have ‘Memory’ in their titles.  —  The notices are coming at the request of German company Ravensburger, which claims to hold trademark …
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.
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
A Flickr Cofounder's Second Act Closes Shop  —  Glitch, a quirky, lovely online game, is closing its doors, and its maker, Tiny Speck, appears to be laying off about 30 employees—all except a “small core team.”  —  Tiny Speck was founded by Stewart Butterfield, the cofounder of Flickr …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
California Regulator Issues Citations And Fines Against Transportation Services Uber, Lyft, And SideCar  —  The California Public Utilities Commission has taken its next step against a new breed of transportation startups in San Francisco, issuing citations and leveling fines against the likes …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Android crushes the competition in China as it passes 90% smartphone market share: Report  —  Android has established a clear monopoly in China after achieving more than 90 percent market share there, up from 58.2 percent a year ago, according to a new report from Analysys International (via Tech in Asia).
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple to distribute another $2.5 billion to shareholders via Thursday dividend  —  Apple will pay shareholders its second dividend in 17 years tomorrow, distributing roughly $2.5 billion in $2.65 per share across the company's 935 million outstanding shares.
More: CNET and Edible Apple
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
HomeLight aims to change the real estate business with Google funding  —  Google Ventures' latest portfolio company to launch is HomeLight, a startup that's all about buying and selling real estate.  —  More specifically, it helps you find the real estate agent — the best one for your price point …
More: TechCrunch and GigaOM

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