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November 17, 2012, 4:45 AM

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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.
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.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Wireless charging blazes path toward mainstream  —  Heavyweights are backing the idea of wireless charging capabilities embedded in phones, and public charging stations are beginning to pop up.  Differing standards, however, still make for a rocky adoption.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Former Google lawyer to lead Silicon Valley patent office  —  In what could be a big shake-up for America's much maligned patent system, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has reportedly named lawyer Michelle K. Lee as the first head of its new Silicon Valley patent office.
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.
Reuters:
High-flying Apple falls to earth as investors fret over taxes  —  (Reuters) - Gravity has taken hold of Apple, and a lot of investors have been smacked on the head.  —  Apple Inc, the largest U.S. stock by market value, was headed toward its eighth straight week of declines on Friday …
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Wi-Fi networker Ruckus raises $126 million in IPO  —  Wireless networking startup Ruckus Wireless graduated to public company status on Friday, appearing on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker RKUS after clearing $126 million in an IPO.  Ruckus sold 8.4 million shares at $15 a piece …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
Office space search engine 42Floors lands in NYC with $5M in new funding  —  Searching for office space in New York is notoriously tough, but Y Combinator-backed 42Floors is hoping to make it easier for local businesses.  —  The office space search engine on Friday announced an expansion …

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