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November 20, 2012, 4:00 PM

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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:
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants  —  Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy.  Then law enforcement complained.  Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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 about another appointment: Zynga has promoted Tim LeTourneau to the position …
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 …
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 the People app …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Ahead Of ITU Summit, Google Wants You To Help Preserve A Free And Open Internet With New Campaign  —  Today, Google announced a new initiative to support an open and free Internet called “Take Action.”  The company has set up a website with materials to help educate you on what your rights …
Tomio Geron / Forbes:
Ben Parr, Tracks.by Cofounders Aim To ‘Dominate’ Venture Capital With Celebrity Ties  —  Seed funds, also known as micro-VC funds, have grown in recent years as startups need less funding to get off the ground.  They've become a popular way for startups to build an initial product and get started before raising a larger venture round.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon Offers ‘Amazon Pages’ For Brands To Customize With Their Own URLs, And ‘Amazon Posts’ For Social Media Marketing  —  Just in time for the holiday shopping blitz, it looks like Amazon is opening a new chapter in its role as an online marketplace for third-parties to sell their goods.
More: SocialTimesThanks:@romaindillet
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: Engadget
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
No Apple TV Until November 2013, Says Analyst Gene Munster  —  If Apple does release an all-in-one television, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster thinks it comes out in November of 2013.  —  This is big change in Munster's thinking.  Earlier this year Munster was calling for Apple to announce …

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