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November 15, 2012, 1:30 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 Steve Ballmer's interview by Reid Hoffman, 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 and AllThingsDTweets: @levie
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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: 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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Google vs. Samsung  —  Samsung's recent success in mobile phones has been spectacular.  It overtook Nokia for the top spot in overall unit sales.  It went from having almost no smartphone sales to selling over 50 million units per quarter in a matter of two years.  —  It now accounts for nearly 40% of all industry profits.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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

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