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November 20, 2012, 4:45 PM

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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
HP's CFO Tried To Stop The Company From Spending $11 Billion On Autonomy  —  Now that HP's $11.1 billion purchase of Autonomy is completely blowing up in its face, it's time to look back at how it could have happened in the first place.  —  Wasn't anyone warning HP's board that it might be buying a lousy company?
Ben Rooney / Digits:
Q&A With Autonomy Founder Mike Lynch on H-P Allegations  —  Mike Lynch, the founder of software company Autonomy, spoke with The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday after Hewlett-Packard alleged that Autonomy managers misrepresented the company's revenue before its $11.1 billion acquisition in October 2011.
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:
Paul Sandle / Reuters:
Ex-Autonomy CEO “flatly-rejects” HP charges  —  (Reuters) - Mike Lynch, the former chief executive of Autonomy, on Tuesday “flatly rejected” allegations made by the company's new owner Hewlett Packard regarding “serious accounting improprieties”.  —  In a brief statement released to Reuters …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google wants to take on Apple with an open AirPlay alternative  —  Google is working on an open alternative to Apple's AirPlay, and it's hoping to bring a number of device and software vendors on board to provide the industry with an open technology to exchange data between second screens and TV-connected devices.
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 …
More: CNET, Ubergizmo and WinBeta
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 …
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.
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: 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: Engadget
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.
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.
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Why big data could sink Europe's ‘right to be forgotten’  —  Europe's proposed ‘right to be forgotten’ has been the subject of intense debate, with many people arguing it's simply not practical in the age of the internet for any data to be reliably expunged from history.  —  Well, add another voice to that mix.
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
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 …
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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