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November 15, 2012, 4:10 AM

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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 …
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: VentureBeat, CNET, Bloomberg and AllThingsDTweets: @levie
AppleInsider:
Rumor: Release of new iMacs may be delayed into 2013  —  After Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed last month that there would be a “significant shortage” of the newly redesigned iMac, a report on Wednesday claims manufacturing difficulties may push back the all-in-one's launch date into next year.
Jon Mitchell / ReadWrite:
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 …
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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.
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.
Eric Engleman / Bloomberg:
Cybersecurity Bill Killed, Paving Way for Executive Order  —  U.S. Senate Republicans yesterday killed cybersecurity legislation backed by President Barack Obama, increasing prospects the White House will implement some of the bill's provisions through an executive order.
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 …
More: TechCrunch, Glitch, VG247 and MassivelyTweets: @stlhood
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
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 …
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 …
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
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Queen gets Galaxy Note 10.1, not iPad, for Royal Collection  —  The Royal Collection includes a host of other digital products, including PCs and DVDs.  —  The Royal Collection is getting its first tablet.  —  Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 was chosen as the Royal Collection's tablet …
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: GigaOM
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
Phil Muncaster / The Register:
Internet Explorer becomes Korean election issue  —  Presidential candidate promises to kill crypto standard locking nation into IE  —  Microsoft's Internet Explorer market share may soon take a tumble in South Korea if presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo wins looming elections.
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.

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