November 18, 2012, 8:10 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.
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Yahoo! plots alliance with Facebook in new search deal  —  Facebook and Yahoo! are in talks about forging an alliance that could spell the end of Yahoo!'s relationship with Microsoft.  —  Forging an alliance with Yahoo! would allow the social network to take a major leap forward in search
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Android 4.2 bug omits December from the People app, makes end-of-year birthdays even less bearable  —  The launch of Android 4.2 brought a welcome smattering of extra features to the mobile world, but a recently discovered bug omits something slightly important: namely, the month of December.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Apple Can Finish What Microsoft's Sinofsky Started  —  In 2007, Microsoft introduces a new version of Windows called Vista, a grand name for what turns out to be an embarrassing dud.  (Memories of my first and determining interaction with Vista can be found here.)
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 …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
iMessage and FaceTime are currently suffering from systemic downtime (Update: Systems restored)  —  Update: Apple has updated its status page, acknowledging the issues that iMessage is currently suffering from, noting “Users are unable to use iMessage.
Steven Scheer / Reuters:
Israeli government websites under mass hacking attack  —  (Reuters) - More than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government web sites since Wednesday when Israel began its Gaza air strikes, the government said on Sunday.  —  Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz …
More: CNET
Stephan Faris / Business Week:
The Hackers of Damascus  —  Taymour Karim didn't crack under interrogation.  His Syrian captors beat him with their fists, with their boots, with sticks, with chains, with the butts of their Kalashnikovs.  They hit him so hard they broke two of his teeth and three of his ribs.
More: The Verge
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).

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