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November 15, 2012, 6:45 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Google Preps Maps App for Apple Devices  —  The head-to-head battle between Apple Inc. and Google Inc. in mobile maps is drawing nearer.  —  Google has distributed a test version of its new mapping app that will work on Apple's iPhones and iPads to some individuals outside the company …
Mike Torres / The Windows Blog:
SkyDrive usage has doubled in the last 6 months, now you can select what to sync  —  About 6 months ago, we released the first sync apps for SkyDrive making it easy to view and manage your personal SkyDrive from the File Explorer in Windows and Finder in OS X. We're excited to announce that since then …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Launches Ingress, a Worldwide Mobile Alternate Reality Game  —  What's the wackiest thing you can imagine Google launching?  How about a game to fight for control of the minds of everyone on earth?  —  Or maybe that's not so wacky.  —  Meet Ingress, a new free mobile app …
New York Post:
Crooks steal $1.5M in iPads from JFK  —  Like ‘GoodFellas’ job  —  It beats waiting in line at an Apple Store.  —  A pair of brazen crooks punched another hole in the lax JFK security when they stole a trove of new Apple iPad minis — worth $1.5 million — from the same cargo building …
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.
Stefan Filip / Twitter Blog:
Sharing Tweets just got easier  —  If you're like me, you probably come across Tweets every day that you'd like to share.  They might be funny or include a striking photo.  They might be breaking news or feature old news.  Of course, you can retweet any of these to your Twitter followers …
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:
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Twitter Makes Search Results More Visual With Top Photos, Videos & Instant Previews  —  Twitter is rolling out an update to its search results that will put a new “Top Photos” section above matching tweets.  “Top Videos” may also appear.  Twitter will also begin automatically showing tweeted pictures …
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).
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google's lawyers under siege  —  Predatory pricing and using its listings to advance its own products are two of the legal issues dogging the search giant  —  Google is threatened by a “perfect storm” of litigation with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the European Commission …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube Blocks Israeli Hamas Assassination Video - And Puts It Back Up Again  —  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 …
Andy Skelton / WordPress News:
Pay Another Way: Bitcoin  —  At WordPress.com, our mission is making publishing democratic — accessible and easy for anyone, anywhere.  And while anyone can start a free blog here, not everyone can access upgrades (like going ad-free or enabling custom design) because of limits on traditional payment networks.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Sorkin: Steve Jobs biopic to be 3 real-time scenes from backstage at Mac, NeXT, iPod launches  —  Today at the Hero Summit, an invitation-only “theatrical-journalism event' being covered by The Daily Beast, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin made some comments about the upcoming Steve Jobs movie based …
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 Fab.com 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.
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.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Flipboard teams up with Apple to launch new iBookstore-powered “Books” section in its iOS apps  —  Expanding upon what is now surely one of the most important roles of Flipboard, commerce, the magazine-like app has partnered with Apple (yes, Apple) to launch a slightly surprising new section: “Books.”

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