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November 20, 2012, 9:00 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.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Nokia's Here Maps out now for iOS, the wait for a true Google Maps replacement continues  —  The perfect iOS maps app is not Here  —  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.
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.
Mari Saito / Reuters:
HTC “happy” with Apple settlement, slams media estimates  —  (Reuters) - Taiwan's HTC Corp is happy with its patent settlement with Apple Inc, but regards media reports on details of the licensing agreement as “outrageous”, chief executive Peter Chou told reporters on Tuesday.
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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
HP Beats Street Amid Sales Declines, Takes $8.8 Billion Charge  —  Hewlett-Packard's Q4 results just crossed the wires, and they're bad, but but quite as bad as some of the more cynical had expected.  —  The good news: Earnings per share were $1.16, beating the consensus view of $1.14.
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 …
Danny Sullivan / CNET:
Why Google ‘vertical’ search shouldn't face antitrust action  —  One of the areas where Google has attracted antitrust attention is “vertical” search.  There are good reasons why it shouldn't be hindered from offering this.  —  It's likely we'll finally see the U.S. Federal Trade Commission …
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.
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.
Lee Hutchinson / Ars Technica:
How goatse.cx went from shock site to webmail service  —  People from my Internet generation, those who came online in the mid-1990s, have rose-tinted memories of early Web “shock sites”—sites with unassuming URLs containing horrible pictures of awful things.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Steve Ragan / SecurityWeek:
Linux Rootkit Found Launching iFrame Injection Attacks  —  Last week, someone posted a module to the Full Disclosure mailing list, which turned out to be a rootkit for Linux.  Experts examined it, and concluded that if anything, it's a unique piece of malware, in addition to it being a credible risk to LAMPP deployments.

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