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November 20, 2012, 4:25 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 …
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
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:
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
LEAKED: MySpace's Master Plan To Raise $50 Million And Relaunch As A Spotify Killer  —  The parent company of MySpace is trying to raise $50 million in order to re-launch MySpace as a direct competitor to Spotify and Pandora in 2013.  —  This is according to documents obtained by Business Insider, which we have included in this post.
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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Who's Next to Run Intel?  A Look at the Internal and External Contenders.  —  Aside from the headline that CEO Paul Otellini is retiring in May, the most important part of Intel's press release on the subject was this: … For the first time in Intel's 45-year history …
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren courts Reddit users for a crowdsourced copyright reform bill  —  When it comes to Reddit users, its much better to work with them than against them.  And at least one U.S. representative has decided to get proactive.  —  Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) …
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Tiger Global Hedge Fund Takes 9.9% Stake in Groupon  —  Tiger Global Management LLC, the $8 billion hedge fund run by Chase Coleman and Feroz Dewan, acquired a 9.9 percent stake in daily deal site Groupon Inc. (GRPN) as it bets on technology companies attempting turnarounds.

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