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November 20, 2012, 1:05 AM

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Chris Dixon:
a16z  —  VCs are experts at analyzing industries and identifying new opportunities, which is why it's odd that the VC industry itself has so stubbornly resisted change.  —  Two years ago I wrote a post where I argued that innovative new VC firms are finally starting to change this:
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Hunch, SiteAdvisor Founder And Angel Investor Chris Dixon Leaves eBay To Join Andreessen Horowitz As General Partner  —  Hunch and SiteAdvisor founder, and prolific angel investor Chris Dixon is leaving his current position at eBay to join Silicon Valley VC firm Andreessen Horowitz as a general partner.
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 past 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 site ever since.
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 …
Intel:
Intel CEO Paul Otellini to Retire in May  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 19, 2012 - Intel Corporation today announced that the company's president and CEO, Paul Otellini, has decided to retire as an officer and director at the company's annual stockholders' meeting in May …
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 …
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.
More: CNET
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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Early builds of Apple's upcoming OS X 10.9 include Siri and Maps integration  —  Early builds in testing of the next-generation Mac operating system, OS X 10.9, point to Siri and Maps integration coming to Mac computers next year, according to our reliable sources.
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 …
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 …
Dominic Patten / Deadline.com:
Disney Pulls Plug On Online Movie Service  —  Disney Movies Online will cease to exist at the end of the year, Disney announced today.  The little-known Internet movie service will close as of December 31, said the company in an email to users and on the site.
More: CNET and The Next Web
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Microsoft building clean powered data center at waste water plant  —  Microsoft has unveiled details of an experimental small data center that it's building next to a waste water treatment plant in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  The tiny data center will be powered by a fuel cell that uses biogas …
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 …

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