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November 20, 2012, 3:20 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:
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Storify's beautiful new site brings user profiles, focus on search, media and major events  —  Today, the social media aggregation service Storify launches a new version of its site that focuses on fronting user-created media and content, as well as a more prominent search function.
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.
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Janet I. Tu / Seattle Times:
Computer science researcher Jeannette Wing hired as new VP of Microsoft Research International  —  Microsoft announced that it's hired Jeannette Wing, a computer science researcher, as the new vice president Microsoft Research International, overseeing the company's research labs in Bangalore, India; Cambridge, UK; and Beijing, China.
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 …

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