November 19, 2012, 9:30 PM

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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:
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple's App Store has now seen more than 1 million approved apps since launch  —  Today, Apple (unofficially) will be celebrating another important App Store milestone — there have now been 1 million apps submitted to its marketplace since July 2008, according to App Store discovery company Appsfire.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Could Slow Down A Tiny Bit As It Starts Switching All Users To Secure HTTPS Connections  —  When you're dealing with 1 billion people's personal info, security is critical.  But Facebook didn't want to sacrifice speed.  That's why it spent the last two years making infrastructure improvements …

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