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November 20, 2012, 1:30 PM

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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 not 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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
What Exactly Happened at Autonomy?  —  Today's bombshell from Hewlett-Packard concerning an $8.8 billion write-down related to Autonomy, the British software firm it acquired in 2011 for $11.7 billion in combined cash and assumed debt, is a little hard to understand.  Here's how it breaks down:
Steven Russolillo / MarketBeat:
H-P Shares Tumble to 10-Year Lows; Analysts Throw in the Towel  —  Another day, another ugly slide for Hewlett-Packard shar es.  —  Between disappointing quarterly results, a tough outlook and a massive writedown related to H-P's acquisition of software company Autonomy …
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.
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.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows 8 UI vision mockups from 2010  —  A friend recently forwarded me a MetroTwit for Windows 8 cameo in a UX Week 2012 presentation by Microsoft's Jensen Harris from the Windows design team.  Watching through the entire presentation, I noticed that Jensen showed off something I've never seen before …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Promises To Bring December Back To Android 4.2 “Soon”  —  Google says that it will soon bring December back to Android 4.2.  Google's latest version of its mobile operating system shipped with a rather embarrassing oversight: December is missing from the date picker in this update …
Reuters:
France in talks with Google over tax audit: minister  —  France is in talks with Google over an ongoing tax audit and payment of back taxes, the country's budget minister said on Tuesday, adding the administration had “convincing” proof to back up its claims.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
President Obama Chats About Kim Dotcom  —  President Obama arrived at the East Asia Summit in Cambodia yesterday to discuss key issues with other world leaders.  —  While the criminal case against Megaupload and Kim Dotcom are not listed on the agenda, the topic was brought …
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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 …
Ev Williams / Medium:
Medium's director of content: Kate Lee  —  I'm happy to announce the addition of Kate Lee to Medium's team.  Kate has spent most of her career as a literary agent at ICM, discovering authors on the web (among other places) and helping get books published, from conception through production.
Kent Walker / Wired:
Google: Don't Let Trolls Exploit Patent System Flaws  —  Abuse of our patent system is becoming a drag on innovation in the software and internet sectors, and it's hurting consumers.  —  Companies are especially concerned about lawsuits - often involving software claims - filed by patent assertion entities commonly known as “trolls.”

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