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November 20, 2012, 9:20 PM

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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.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
HP requests fraud investigation into Autonomy claims  —  Updated: Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman said “outright misrepresentations” about the state of Autonomy's financial health led to HP overpaying for that company last year and Whitman is recommending civil and criminal investigations into that issue.
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.
More: Betabeat and DealBook
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?
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
More: CNET, GeekWire and InfoWorld
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.

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