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November 18, 2012, 12:35 PM

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Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Nintendo Wii U review  —  Nintendo's new console is an anomaly in the game console ecosystem, but not for Nintendo.  The company that — in just the last decade — popularized stylus-powered gaming, microphone-powered gaming and motion-based gaming, is once again pushing game control inputs forward.
Damon Krukowski / Pitchfork:
Making Cents  —  I'm sure each generation of musicians feels they've lived through a time of tremendous change, but the shifts I've witnessed in my relatively short music career— from morphing formats to dissolving business models— do seem extraordinary.  The first album I made was originally released …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
When the Nerds Go Marching In  —  How a dream team of engineers from Facebook, Twitter, and Google built the software that drove Barack Obama's reelection  —  Three members of Obama's tech team, from left to right: Harper Reed, Dylan Richard, and Mark Trammell (Photo by Daniel X. O'Neil).
Rochelle Sharpe / Washington Post:
Many health apps are based on flimsy science at best, and they often do not work  —  When the iTunes store began offering apps that used cellphone light to cure acne, federal investigators knew that hucksters had found a new spot in cyberspace.  —  “We realized this could be a medium for mischief …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
New York Techie Chris Dixon in Talks to Be Next Partner at Andreessen Horowitz  —  According to sources, well-known New York techie Chris Dixon is in the final stages of discussions to become a partner at the high-profile Silicon Valley venture firm Andreessen Horowitz.
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Mat Honan / Wired:
Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore  —  You have a secret that can ruin your life.  —  It's not a well-kept secret, either.  Just a simple string of characters—maybe six of them if you're careless, 16 if you're cautious—that can reveal everything about you.
Euan Rocha / Reuters:
RIM to spice BlackBerry 10 AppWorld with local flavors  —  (Reuters) - Research In Motion is pushing for app quality, not quantity, with its make-or-break BlackBerry 10 devices set for launch on January 30, and targeting applications to customers in various regions.

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