November 15, 2012, 10:55 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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube Blocks Israeli Hamas Assassination Video  —  Israel has gone to war with Hamas in Gaza, and it is using the Internet as weapon, employing services like Twitter, Facebook and Flickr on its behalf.  —  The idea is familiar to anyone who has a message to push in 2012 …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Exclusive: Spotify to begin rolling out browser-based music app in beta today  —  Spotify today plans to begin the roll out of its first ever browser-based music player, The Verge has learned from sources close to the company.  The web player looks a lot like its desktop counterparts on Mac and Windows …
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
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
First Pre-Orders of LTE iPad Mini and Fourth-Generation iPad Models Arriving in U.S.  —  In line with tracking information, a number of U.S. customers who pre-ordered LTE models of the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad have either already received their shipments this morning or are seeing their packages out for delivery.
More: 9to5Mac and iClarified
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.
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.
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
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, TUAW and Edible Apple
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).
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Google's Nexus 7 Tablet With Cellular Data Has Already Sold Out  —  Google's new Nexus 7 tablet with mobile data is now sold out in the company's online Play store.  —  The tablet is an updated version of the one that launched this summer.  It offers 32 GB of storage plus a data connection from AT&T for $299.
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.
Cade Metz / Wired:
Why Microsoft Says the Patent System Is Peachy Keen  —  Bart Eppenauer grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and after moving away for college and law school and a first job in Chicago, he came back to his hometown, joining a Kansas City law firm called Shook, Hardy & Bacon.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Fab goes to free shipping.  Permanently.  —  We can't bear to say it, but the holidays are sort of upon us, and design-centric flash sales site is getting into the swing of things early with free shipping.  —  There's no special code, and this isn't a limited-time offer just for December.
More: CNET and TechCrunch

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