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November 20, 2012, 7:20 PM

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Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Blames $8.8 Billion Charge on Bad Deal  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. HPQ -11.95% surprised investors Tuesday when it claimed it had been duped into overpaying for one of its largest acquisitions, a U.K. software maker, that will result in an $8.8 billion charge.
Jonathan Weil / Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard's Explanation Just Makes No Sense  —  Here's the problem with Hewlett- Packard Co.'s explanation today for why it took an $8.8 billion writedown related to its purchase of Autonomy Corp.: The numbers don't make sense.  —  HP said “more than $5 billion” of the writedown …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Autonomy Founder Mike Lynch Rejects HP Charges, Alleges Mismanagement  —  I just got off the phone with Mike Lynch, the founding CEO of Autonomy.  As you might expect, he has a different view of events surrounding the allegations leveled by Hewlett-Packard today concerning Autonomy's role in an $8.8 billion write-down.
More: Betabeat and DealBook
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
HP requests fraud investigation into Autonomy claims  —  Updated: Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman said “outright misrepresentations” about the state of Autonomy's financial health led to HP overpaying for that company last year and Whitman is recommending civil and criminal investigations into that issue.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Nielsen Wire:
U.S. Kids Continue to Look Forward to “iHoliday”  —  When it comes to devices, kids' holiday wish lists are simple this year.  The most-wanted gifts are predominantly from one company—Apple.  According to a recent Nielsen study, Apple's popularity leading up to the holiday season continues …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Leahy scuttles his warrantless email surveillance bill  —  After public criticism of proposal to allow government agencies to warrantlessly access Americans' e-mail, Senator Patrick Leahy says he will “not support” such an idea at next week's vote.  —  Sen. Patrick Leahy has abandoned …
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Reed Hastings on Microsoft: Watch Windows 8, Not Surface  —  After more than five years on Microsoft's board of directors, Reed Hastings is stepping down at the end of the month.  And if you think the Netflix CEO is going to give you insider dish on what's been going on at Redmond, you're going to be disappointed.
More: CNET, InfoWorld and GeekWire
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
US patent chief to software patent critics: “Give it a rest already”  —  David Kappos speaks at the Center for American progress in 2010.  —  Center for American Progress  —  David Kappos, the head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, offered a strong defense of software patents …
More: Techdirt and NYT Bits
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Lenovo website reveals ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch ultrabook for Windows 8  —  Lenovo is set to expand its growing lineup of Windows 8 devices with a revision of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon tailored for Microsoft's new OS.  According to a page on the company's website, which has been posted ahead …
More: SlashGear and Engadget
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Firefox 17 Launches With New Social API, Preview Of Facebook Messenger Integration  —  Mozilla just launched the latest stable version of Firefox.  This release introduces Firefox's new Social API with a preview of the first social integration with Facebook Messenger for Firefox.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga Appoints Tim LeTourneau as Chief Creative Officer  —  As fast as Zynga has lost high-level employees, the FarmVille maker has been busy cultivating new ones to fill in the gaps.  —  Today, AllThingsD has learned of another appointment: Zynga has promoted Tim LeTourneau to the position …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Isilon vets land $24.5M series A for stealthy data storage startup Qumulo  —  When we first stumbled on stealthy Qumulo a few months ago, the former Isilon engineers leading the charge at the data storage startup didn't want to disclose what they were building.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Here comes Vdio: Janus Friis' video service launches private beta in UK and US  —  Vdio, the online video service founded by Skype co-founder Janus Friis, is finally emerging from stealth mode.  The company just launched a new homepage, which touts a private beta test, and comes with a few surprises …
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
New York City replaces 250 public pay phones with iPad-like screens  —  In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the humble phone booth took on renewed importance as cut-off New Yorkers used pay phones to connect with each other in an emergency.  Now, this quaint but reliable form of public technology is getting a major facelift.
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 …

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