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November 18, 2012, 11:15 AM

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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.
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).
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.
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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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 …
Brendan Sinclair / GamesIndustry International:
Xbox Live Turns 10: Reflecting On An Online Revolution  —  We chat with members of the original Xbox team and Bungie in this special look back at the origins of a service that forever changed console gaming  —  Ten years ago today, Microsoft officially launched Xbox Live.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter and developers, a love story  —  To say that Twitter and third-party developers have had an ambivalent relationship over the last couple of years is a massive understatement.  Twitter has been undergoing a deep transformation of its business to one that makes sustainable sense as a public company.

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