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November 15, 2012, 9:05 AM

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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 …
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.
Michael Stone / Examiner:
Anonymous Operation Israel: Gaza under attack  —  Gaza under attack: Anonymous works to keep Gaza connected to the world, hacks and defaces Israeli websites.  As Israel attacks Hamas in and around the Gaza Strip, Anonymous hacktivists use social media to organize and inform the beleaguered masses caught in the crossfire.
Jon Mitchell / ReadWrite:
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Vodafone U.K. Launches Tariff For Perpetual Early Adopters: Rent The Latest Smartphone For A Year Then Switch To The Next Big Thing  —  Another bit of news to add to the ‘tech is now mainstream’ pile: U.K. carrier Vodafone has launched a mobile tariff aimed at perpetual early adopters …
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 …
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
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 …

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