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November 21, 2012, 12:00 AM

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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.
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.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
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 …
Tammy Parker / Fierce Broadband Wireless:
T-Mobile exec: iPhone isn't worth sacrifices  —  T-Mobile USA has lost customers because it does not carry Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone, but the company is not willing to make major sacrifices to add the device to its portfolio, said a T-Mobile executive.  —  “Make no mistake about it: We would love to carry the iPhone.
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 …
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
World's oldest original digital computer is turned back on after 61 years  —  The world's oldest, original, still-working digital computer has been unveiled at the National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park, the home of the United Kingdom's Second World War encryption and codebreaking efforts …
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.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
New York is beaten by Tel Aviv, LA and Seattle in a new global ranking of the top 20 startup ecosystems  —  A new report released today by Startup Genome ranks the world's top 20 startup ecosystems.  While there's no surprise what comes out on top, the overall list makes for some interesting reading.
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.
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 …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Ray of Hope?  Carriers Seem to Like BlackBerry 10.  —  The tide of negative sentiment that dragged shares of Research In Motion deep into the mud and kept them there for well over a year is letting up ahead of the launch of the company's new BlackBerry 10 operating system.  Why?
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Another Big YouTube Bet: Time Warner Leads $40 Million Maker Studios Round  —  Here comes more money for YouTube videos.  But these dollars don't come from YouTube: Time Warner is leading a big round of financing for Maker Studios, a startup that specializes in creating and distributing clips for the video giant.
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
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Bug that allowed stolen iPhones to continue receiving iMessages has been fixed in iOS 6  —  Earlier this year a series of stories exposed an odd bug in Apple's iOS software that allowed stolen iPhones to continue receiving iMessage messages, even if the SIM was deactivated and password changed.
Paul Sloan / CNET:
Marc Andreessen sells $54.1M in Facebook stock to pay Uncle Sam  —  The Facebook board member is bullish on Facebook — but he has a whopping tax bill.  —  If you think your tax bill was bad, try being Marc Andreessen.  —  The venture capitalist and Facebook board member disclosed today …
Larry Downes / CNET:
Russians back down from leaked U.N. Internet proposal  —  Following the disclosure by CNET of a secret proposal to transfer Internet governance to the U.N., the Russian Federation has revised its plan, toning down the language but not the thrust of the document.
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.
More: VentureBeatTweets: @spencerchen
Lisa Dembiczak / Reuters:
Microsoft vs. Google trial over patents finishes up  —  (Reuters) - A Google expert witness testified on Tuesday that Microsoft will make roughly $94 billion in revenue through 2017 from its Xbox game console and Surface tablet that use Google's patented wireless technology.
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.

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