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November 20, 2012, 10:55 AM

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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Color, The $41 Million App, Really Is Shutting Down Now  —  Color, a startup which raised $41 million for a photo-sharing service, only to be racked by executive turmoil and consumer anomie, is shutting down its app, the company just announced via its website.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Starts Letting iOS Users Auto-Upload All Their Snapshots With Photo Sync  —  It's not just for Android anymore.  Facebook has figured out how to enable background auto-uploads and is now testing Photo Sync with a few iOS users.  A tipster got us a screenshot and Facebook confirms iOS Photo Sync …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple opens its first eBay store for a trial with select refurbished products  —  Seth Weintraub and Danny DeSilva contributed to this post.  —  Over the last few weeks, we've been posting links to a mysterious Apple refurbished store that appeared on eBay about a month ago and has been hiding in plain sight ever since.
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Is Among Those Mulling a TVGuide.com Bid for About $20 Million  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo is among the companies taking a serious gander at TVGuide.com, the online entertainment listings, video and news site and mobile app.  —  Earlier today …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Yahoo shares reach 18-month high as investors warm to new CEO  —  (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc shares reached their highest level in a year and a half, as investor confidence grows that new Chief Executive Marissa Mayer can pull off a comeback that eluded three of her predecessors.
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
Jail Looms for Man Who Revealed AT&T Leaked iPad User E-Mails  —  Jail Looms for Man Who Revealed AT&T Leaked iPad User E-Mails  —  The case highlights a troubling disconnect between online life and the rule of the law.  —  AT&T screwed up in 2010, serving up the e-mail addresses …
More: TechNewsDaily.comTweets: @anonymousirc
Damon Lavrinc / Wired:
Google Poaches Deputy Director of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  —  Google's autonomous driving program might have engineers, technicians and lobbyists working overtime to bring self-driving cars to the world, but it's been missing one very important post: a government policy expert.
Mat Honan / Wired:
Exclusive: Internal Videos Show Why Microsoft Kin Cratered  —  Do you remember the Microsoft Kin?  It's okay if you don't-Microsoft certainly would like for you to forget it ever existed.  Kin was a family of phones from Microsoft that launched to much fanfare in 2010, sold incredibly poorly …
Steve Ragan / SecurityWeek:
Linux Rootkit Found Launching iFrame Injection Attacks  —  Last week, someone posted a module to the Full Disclosure mailing list, which turned out to be a rootkit for Linux.  Experts examined it, and concluded that if anything, it's a unique piece of malware, in addition to it being a credible risk to LAMPP deployments.
Lee Hutchinson / Ars Technica:
How goatse.cx went from shock site to webmail service  —  People from my Internet generation, those who came online in the mid-1990s, have rose-tinted memories of early Web “shock sites”—sites with unassuming URLs containing horrible pictures of awful things.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
President Obama Chats About Kim Dotcom  —  President Obama arrived at the East Asia Summit in Cambodia yesterday to discuss key issues with other world leaders.  —  While the criminal case against Megaupload and Kim Dotcom are not listed on the agenda, the topic was brought …
More: Stuff.co.nz and Softpedia NewsTweets: @kimdotcom
Kent Walker / Wired:
Google: Don't Let Trolls Exploit Patent System Flaws  —  Abuse of our patent system is becoming a drag on innovation in the software and internet sectors, and it's hurting consumers.  —  Companies are especially concerned about lawsuits - often involving software claims - filed by patent assertion entities commonly known as “trolls.”
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's Skype Takes Its Gift Cards International, Now In 44 Countries, As It Continues Retail Rollout  —  In an effort to get more people using Skype Credits and paid services on the site, today the Microsoft-owned Internet calling giant Skype is expanding its Gift Cards: as of today these are now live to buy online in 44 countries.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Kaltura nabs $25m from Mitsui, ORIX, Intel and more to grow its open source video platform globally  —  Kaltura, the open source video platform that's powering Wikipedia's new HTML5 player, has announced a new $25 million funding round from new investors which include Mitsui & Co. Global Investment …
Rick Falkvinge / Falkvinge on Infopolicy:
Europarliament Scolds Visa, MasterCard, PayPal For Killing WikiLeaks Donations; Initiates Regulation  —  Swarm Economy: Today, the European Parliament ordered new legislation to regulate credit card companies' ability to refuse service.  This regulation follows the unilateral …

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