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November 20, 2012, 7:30 AM

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Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Color Labs And Bill Nguyen Sued By Ex-Employee Alleging Retaliation, Emotional Distress  —  Today, Adam Witherspoon, a former employee of Color Labs who was laid off during the photo and video sharing startup's recent wind-down period filed suit against the company and its CEO Bill Nguyen alleging retaliation …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google wants to take on Apple with an open AirPlay alternative  —  Google is working on an open alternative to Apple's AirPlay, and it's hoping to bring a number of device and software vendors on board to provide the industry with an open technology to exchange data between second screens and TV-connected devices.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple opens its first eBay store for a trial with select refurbished products  —  Seth Weintraub and Danny DeSilva contributed to this post.  —  Over the last few weeks, we've been posting links to a mysterious Apple refurbished store that appeared on eBay about a month ago and has been hiding in plain sight ever since.
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Chris Dixon is not only joining Andreessen Horowitz; he's leaving New York  —  Chris Dixon has long been one of the most vocal advocates of the New York tech scene.  —  He's heavily involved with HackNY a program that promises to “keep kids off the street” — Wall Street that is.
Tweets: @cdixon and @aweissman
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Starts Letting iOS Users Auto-Upload All Their Snapshots With Photo Sync  —  It's not just for Android anymore.  Facebook has figured out how to enable background auto-uploads and is now testing Photo Sync with a few iOS users.  A tipster got us a screenshot and Facebook confirms iOS Photo Sync …
Mat Honan / Wired:
Exclusive: Internal Videos Show Why Microsoft Kin Cratered  —  Do you remember the Microsoft Kin?  It's okay if you don't-Microsoft certainly would like for you to forget it ever existed.  Kin was a family of phones from Microsoft that launched to much fanfare in 2010, sold incredibly poorly …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google after antitrust: The good, the bad, and the ugly  —  U.S. and European antitrust regulators are poised to crack down on the dominant search company.  What changes to Google search might the cases trigger?  —  Tim Carter was blindsided when his home-improvement site AsktheBuilder.com fell …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft investigating reported Windows Phone 8 reboots  —  Summary: Some Windows Phone 8 users (including yours truly) are experiencing spontaneous reboots and email sync problems.  Microsoft officials say they are investigating.  —  Windows Phone 8 devices just started hitting the market …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Yahoo shares reach 18-month high as investors warm to new CEO  —  (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc shares reached their highest level in a year and a half, as investor confidence grows that new Chief Executive Marissa Mayer can pull off a comeback that eluded three of her predecessors.
Gizmodo:
All the Black Friday Deals: 2012  —  It's the biggest shopping day of the year.  There are tons of deals—and not-really-deals—out there.  So we combed through every one we could find, and ranked them all.  Here's your Ultimate Black Friday guide: happy hunting.
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Why big data could sink Europe's ‘right to be forgotten’  —  Europe's proposed ‘right to be forgotten’ has been the subject of intense debate, with many people arguing it's simply not practical in the age of the internet for any data to be reliably expunged from history.  —  Well, add another voice to that mix.
Ron Miller / CITEworld:
The incredible persistence of email  —  The rise of enterprise social software and easy-to-use online collaboration tools were supposed to be the undoing of corporate email.  Yet while we continue to hear stories about email killers, email still thrives and is even projected to grow in businesses.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Amazon Kindle Fire HD review (8.9-inch, 4G LTE)  —  What a difference a generation makes.  While the original Kindle Fire impressed, there was only one thing that really made it worth considering: it was cheap.  Really cheap.  But, when we got our hands on the 7-inch …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Is Among Those Mulling a TVGuide.com Bid for About $20 Million  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo is among the companies taking a serious gander at TVGuide.com, the online entertainment listings, video and news site and mobile app.  —  Earlier today …
Damon Lavrinc / Wired:
Google Poaches Deputy Director of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  —  Google's autonomous driving program might have engineers, technicians and lobbyists working overtime to bring self-driving cars to the world, but it's been missing one very important post: a government policy expert.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Oprah's attempt to promote the Microsoft Surface backfires: iPad used to send tweet  —  Oprah is out plugging the Surface for Microsoft, stating that she is buying several of the devices as gifts.  —  However, in sending out that specific tweet, she, or whoever was running her account that day …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Nokia's Here Maps out now for iOS with turn-by-turn, public transit, and real-time traffic  —  It's not the iOS maps app we've been waiting for  —  Nokia's new Here Maps app for iOS has made its way to the App Store today, promising free turn-by-turn voice navigation, public transit information, and rich traffic reports.

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Amazon Web Services:
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Rackspace:
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