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November 19, 2012, 8:20 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.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Touch Laptops  —  I'm a little embarrassed to admit how much I like the Surface RT. I wasn't expecting a lot when I ordered it, but after a day of use, I realized this was more than Yet Another Gadget.  It might represent a brave new world of laptop design.  How can you not love a laptop that lets you touch Zardoz to unlock it?
More: TechSpotTweets: @mariovilas and @bwyatt
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone 8 users report random reboots and battery issues  —  Windows Phone 8 devices have been available since the beginning of the month and users are starting to report early issues across HTC and Nokia handsets.  In a thread over at WPCentral with 143 replies, a variety …
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's redesigned iMac launches not delayed until 2013, still on track for November-December  —  According to our sources, Apple's already announced plans for November and December launches of the redesigned 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac lines are still on track.
Eric Mack / CNET:
Steve Jobs' yacht gives insights into his design process  —  Jobs and noted designer Philippe Starck spent five years working out the details of the super yacht Venus.  —  Last month, we stumbled upon videos of Steve Jobs' yacht, the Venus, which was reportedly unveiled a year after Jobs' death.
Tweets: @jarrettfuller
Mark Cuban / blog maverick:
What I Really Think About Facebook  —  First, I'm not recommending to any of my companies that we leave facebook.  I am recommending that we de-emphasize pushing consumers or partners to like us on FB and focus on building up our followings across all existing social media platforms …
Tweets: @parmy and @pkafka
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: A $1 Billion Start-Up Might Not Be So Fun  —  Congratulations!  Your start-up is now valued at over $1 billion!  —  This might seem exciting, as though you've won a lottery.  But in reality, when you recheck your lottery ticket, you might find you were off by a single number.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
This Trend Is Very Worrisome For Apple  —  Over the past couple of years, we have written often about a major long-term risk for Apple, which is the gradual loss of mobile market share to the Android platform.  —  This trend has continued in recent months, to the point where Apple …
More: Howard LindzonTweets: @levie
Tim Shipman / Daily Mail:
PM steps in to curb menace of online porn: Cameron to ensure parents are led through a filter process on all new computers  —  David Cameron is to toughen up controls on internet pornography to protect children.  —  In future, anyone buying a new computer or signing up with a new internet service provider …
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.)
Tim Fernholz / Quartz:
Why Opera thrives in Europe's last dictatorship  —  Opera lives on in Belarus.  Not the musical drama, but the world's fifth most popular web browser.  —  StatCounter, which uses data on browser usage across some 3 million websites, identifies Belarus as the only country in the world where Opera …

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