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November 20, 2012, 11:05 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.
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:
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.
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?
Scott Austin / Digits:
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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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