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November 15, 2012, 7:35 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 …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Spotify to begin rolling out browser-based music app in beta today (update: now live for some)  —  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.  From the looks of it, the web player looks a lot …
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.
Jeff Jordan / A16Z:
E-commerce 2.0  —  We at a16z could not possibly be more bullish on the prospects for e-commerce, and we believe growth is poised to accelerate.  —  Part of the reason for this is due to competitive market dynamics.  As I've blogged before, e-commerce players have substantial cost advantages over their physical competitors.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
‘Six strikes’ anti-piracy program won't pull plug on customers  —  Verizon and Time Warner Cable say they won't disconnect customers in response to piracy complaints from the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America.
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Dish Held Talks to Launch Wireless Service  —  Google Inc. has held talks with satellite-TV provider Dish Network Corp. in recent weeks to partner on a new wireless service that would rival the networks of wireless carriers such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, according to people familiar with the discussions.
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 …
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: iMore.com, Macgasm, TUAW and BGR
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.

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Microsoft:
Queensland Government partners with Microsoft to bring Office 365 to 149,000 government employees  —  Queensland, the second-largest state in Australia, will partner with Microsoft to bring Office 365 …
Atlassian:
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Zoho Blogs:
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Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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