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November 21, 2012, 9:40 AM

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Peter Burrows / Bloomberg:
Jobs's Spaceship-Like Apple Offices to Arrive Later Than Planned  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) said the construction of a new spaceship-like headquarters with a circular design in Cupertino, California, won't be completed until mid-2016, later than originally projected, as the company revises its plans.
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
FBI Said to Be Looking Into HP's Allegations on Autonomy  —  The FBI, responding to an inquiry by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, is looking into Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ)'s allegations of accounting improprieties at its Autonomy Corp. unit, a person familiar with the matter said.
Jonathan Weil / Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard's Explanation Just Makes No Sense  —  Here's the problem with Hewlett- Packard Co.'s explanation today for why it took an $8.8 billion writedown related to its purchase of Autonomy Corp.: The numbers don't make sense.  —  HP said “more than $5 billion” of the writedown …
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.
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 …
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?
Bloomberg:
U.S. Said to Waver on Antitrust Case Against Google  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) may skirt the most serious antitrust allegations under investigation by the U.S. as regulators waver on whether they can prove consumers are hurt by the way the company ranks its search results, three people familiar with the matter said.
More: CNET and AllThingsD
Tammy Parker / Fierce Broadband Wireless:
T-Mobile exec: iPhone isn't worth sacrifices  —  T-Mobile USA has lost customers because it does not carry Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone, but the company is not willing to make major sacrifices to add the device to its portfolio, said a T-Mobile executive.  —  “Make no mistake about it: We would love to carry the iPhone.
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 …
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.
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook confirms it is testing Upcoming Events and Recently Released Albums in the News Feed  —  Facebook is testing at least two new features in its News Feed: Upcoming Events and Recently Released Albums, though it won't go into detail on either of them.  “We're always testing new features,” a Facebook spokesperson told TNW.
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 start-up that specializes in creating and distributing clips for the video giant.
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 …
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.
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
Eliza Kern / GigaOM:
Kleiner Perkins adds Design Fellows program to promote design in technology  —  Coming off the success of the investment firm's engineering fellows program, Kleiner Perkins is launching a Design Fellows Program on Tuesday that will give promising design students a three-month internship …
More: TechCrunch and Digits

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