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November 19, 2012, 12:10 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Cisco Acquires Enterprise Wi-Fi Startup Meraki For $1.2 Billion In Cash  —  Networking tech giant Cisco has just agreed to acquire cloud infrastructure startup Meraki, and my industry sources confirm the purchase price was $1.2 billion, all in cash.  I've also gotten ahold of the letter to Meraki employees from CEO Sanjit Biswas.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Nintendo Wii U Teardown  —  When Nintendo announced the Wii U there was a lot of interest in its hardware specs.  The new console could very well end up the fastest kid on the block thanks to the sheer age of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.  I wasn't all that interested in the Wii U …
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo and Facebook Not in Search Alliance Discussions  —  Yahoo and Facebook are not currently in talks about forming a search alliance, according to my sources, who scoffed about such a deal reported in a thinner-than-tissue-paper post by the Telegraph earlier today.
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
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.)
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.
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
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.
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
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Automated Bidding Systems Test Old Ways of Selling Ads  —  Publishers and broadcasters have long tried to offer advertisers the right audience for their products.  Want to sell pick-ups to people who like sports?  Buy ads at halftime during a football game.  Selling luggage or airline tickets?

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