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November 16, 2012, 9:30 PM

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Bloomberg:
Apple, Google Consider Arbitration Over Standard Patents  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Motorola Mobility unit are talking about a way to resolve part of their dispute over patents related to critical smartphone technology, according to a court filing.
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Windows 8 Sales Well Below Projections, Plenty of Blame to Go Around  —  Uncertainty could turn Windows 8 into the next Vista  —  Sales of Windows 8 PCs are well below Microsoft's internal projections and have been described inside the company as disappointing.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo CEO Mayer Cuts End-of-Year “Week of Rest” for Employees, While Prepping Plans to Cull Bottom 20 Percent of Staff  —  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is now starting to unveil the flip side of free lunches and smartphones, with two employee-focused moves that are a little more tough love in nature.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Television Launch Probably Not Imminent  —  Now that the iPad mini has successfully transitioned from rumor to reality, Apple-watchers are turning their attention back to another of the company's mythical products — the Apple Television.  According to a new report out of Jefferies …
Matt Buchanan / BuzzFeed:
What The New Twitter Will Look Like  —  If you want to know what your Twitter timeline is going to look like, there's a preview already hidden in your Twitter app.  —  The new Discover page, full-screen photos and retweet style.  —  The message from Twitter over the last year has been consistent about one thing: Change is coming.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
HTC Droid DNA review  —  HTC is back on Verizon Wireless in force, but does the Droid DNA have what it takes to stand out?  —  Big phones are getting bigger.  This trend doesn't seem to be slowing down in the least, and the new HTC Droid DNA for Verizon Wireless is the latest member of the giant smartphone clan.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
With Amazon Publishing Stonewalled By Retailers, Tim Ferriss Taps BitTorrent To Market His New Book  —  Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention, and a stalemate between Amazon and big retailers, including Barnes & Noble, over the sale of books from the online giant's publishing imprint …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook offering e-retailers sales tracking tool  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc wants more credit for making online cash registers ring.  —  Facebook will begin rolling out on Friday a new tool which will allow online retailers to track purchases by members of the social network who have viewed their ads.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
The U.S. government is suing eBay over a hiring pact with Intuit  —  eBay agreed with Intuit to not hire its workers, even if they approached the company for work.  For that pact, the U.S. government is suing the company as in breach of anti-trust laws.  —  According to a lawyer …
Eytan Bakshy / Facebook:
The 2012 Election Day Through the Facebook Lens  —  This year's presidential election was an exciting race, and activity on Facebook was no exception.  Just as we did during the 2008 presidential election and the 2010 midterm election, Facebook allowed users to tell their friends they voted through …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
PS3 neck and neck with Xbox 360 at 70 million consoles sold worldwide  —  Sony has announced that 70 million PlayStation 3 consoles have been sold worldwide.  That more or less exactly matches the figure set by Microsoft's Xbox 360, which the company revealed to have hit the 70 million milestone …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Myspace burning: As new site rolls out, how it hopes to rise from the ashes and back into prominence  —  Two brothers decided that they wanted to take on the challenge of rebuilding one of the most popular sites of the past decade.  Why?  Because, although others tried and failed, it was something they felt they could bring back.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
AMD Prepares for January Reorganization, Including More Job Cuts  —  Having recently laid off about 1,700 people — amounting to nearly 15 percent of its workforce — whispers around the offices at chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices are already focusing on another corporate reorganization that would probably include even more layoffs.
More: ZDNetThanks:@ahess247
Michael Steeber / Cult of Mac:
Apple's Messages Beta Program For OS X Lion Ends December 14th  —  Apple has just sent out the following Email to OS X Lion users, alerting them that the Messages Beta program for OS X Lion will end on December 14th.  Messages for Mac, originally launched as a beta application before the release …
More: AppleInsider and 9to5MacThanks:@revinriley
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Forrester finds mixed prospects for Windows 8 in the enterprise  —  Summary: Forrester Research adds some more data to the list of early indicators as to how Windows 8 may do.  And so far, it's a mixed bag, based on its survey data.  —  There's mixed news for Windows 8's prospects in the enterprise …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Sony promises top-end handset to compete with GS III and iPhone, implies its existing flagship doesn't  —  Sony Mobile's sales chief, Dennis van Schie, has gone on the record with a pledge that just about crosses the line from marketing to manifesto.  Speaking to the Financial Times Deutschland …
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Google, Facebook, Netflix defend net neutrality rules in court  —  A coalition of technology companies are coming to the aid of the Federal Communications Commission and urging a federal court to uphold the agency's net neutrality regulations.  —  In a filing on Thursday with the U.S. Court …

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