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November 21, 2012, 6:30 AM

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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 …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Hacker Found Guilty of Breaching AT&T Site to Obtain iPad Customer Data  —  A hacker charged with federal crimes for obtaining the personal data of more than 100,000 iPad owners from AT&T's website was found guilty on Tuesday.  —  Andrew Auernheimer, 26, of Fayetteville, Arkansas …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
AT&T Seems to Be Extending FaceTime-Over-Cellular to All Customers  —  AT&T appears to be quietly extending FaceTime-Over-Cellular capabilities to all their iPhone customers.  Earlier this month, AT&T announced that they would allow any customer “with an LTE device” on a “tiered data plan” to use iOS 6's FaceTime over Cellular feature.
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 …
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.
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.
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?
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
First Details On Facebook's “View Tags” Cookie Ad Tracking That Shows Sales From Impressions  —  Facebook is on a quest to quantify the value of its ads, and TechCrunch has attained the first public details on its recently expanded ad tracking program called “View Tags” that looks beyond clicks.
Julian Pecquet / Hillicon Valley:
Report: French officials accuse US of hacking Sarkozy's computers  —  The United States used U.S.-Israeli spy software to hack into the French presidential office earlier this year, the French cyberwarfare agency has concluded, according to the newsmagazine l'Express.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Leahy scuttles his warrantless e-mail surveillance bill  —  After public criticism of proposal that lets government agencies warrantlessly access Americans' e-mail, Sen. Patrick Leahy says he will “not support” such an idea at next week's vote.  —  Sen. Patrick Leahy has abandoned …
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.
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.
Brad Hill / Engadget:
Vanishing ‘copywrong’ document blasts RIAA, suggests radical reform, and should be taken seriously  —  Something startling happened over the weekend.  It came and went in a flash, but the repercussions could, and should, be lasting.  An unexpected and most unusual policy brief from the Republican Study Committee was released.
Kimber Streams / The Verge:
DirecTV prices ViaSat satellite broadband bundle, up to 25GB for $119.99  —  Earlier this year DirecTV revealed it had two partnerships in the works to bring broadband to rural customers that don't have access to fiber or cable — and today it announced pricing for its bundle with provider ViaSat.
More: Engadget
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
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 …

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