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November 21, 2012, 6:30 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft ‘Xbox TV’ device due in 2013 with casual gaming and streaming  —  A set-top box to compete with Apple TV and others  —  Microsoft is building an Xbox set-top box.  Multiple sources familiar with Redmond's plans have confirmed to The Verge that the company plans to introduce …
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.
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Apple updates Spaceship campus plans with Cupertino including new mid-2016 completion date  —  Following this morning's report that Apple's grand Spaceship Campus introduced by Steve Jobs in 2011 won't be opening until mid-2016, Apple has sent its revised plans to the city of Cupertino this afternoon.
More: Mac WeekendTweets: @cityofcupertino
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Asks Users If It Can Abolish Their Right To Vote On Future Site Governance Changes  —  Today Facebook will send its largest email blast to date, informing all 1 billion users that it's proposing to modify the site's governance structure and remove the ability for users to vote on changes.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook to share data with Instagram, loosen email rules  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is proposing to combine user data with that of recently acquired photo-sharing service Instagram, and will loosen restrictions on emails between members of the social network.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple has solved its iPhone 5 supply problems - just in time  —  Ship times hit 2 weeks Tuesday and a spot check found it at 9 out of 10 of Apple stores  —  FORTUNE — Despite stock-outs, production hiccups and Foxconn worker unrest, it looks like Apple (AAPL) will have an iPhone 5 available …
BBC:
Kickstarter sued over 3D Systems' printer patent  —  Formlabs's printer was developed by researchers working at Massachusetts Institute of Technology  —  Crowd-funding website Kickstarter is being sued for its promotion of a new 3D printer.  —  More than 2,000 users contributed over $2.9m …
Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
‘No iPhone without Samsung patents’  —  The chief executive of Samsung Electronics has expressed confidence about the ongoing patent battle with Apple, saying that no smartpohone can exist without patents from Korea's technology giants.  —  “The truth never lies.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
A Peek at TV's Future, Via Google Fiber  —  The Google Fiber experiment/maybe-not-an-experiment in Kansas City is important because it shows Google's ability to compete directly with broadband providers for control of the Internet pipe itself.  —  If Google doesn't need to rely on the Comcasts …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Sparrow email client gets iPhone 5 and Passbook support  —  The much-loved email client Sparrow has today been updated with support for the iPhone 5′s larger screen and Apple's Passbook.  The update, noticed by reader Matt Gibstein, should be available to you now.
More: The Verge and 9to5Mac
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
BlackJet, the Uber for private air travel, is now live  —  BlackJet, the Uber for private air travel, founded by the co-founder of Uber, is now live.  If you managed to score an invite, and have the cash - you bastard - you can now “book seats, manage [...] travel and invite [...] friends.”
Tweets: @blackjet
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Checking In on Foursquare's Valuation  —  Facebook's IPO, Flattening Valuations Put Hurdles Before Social Media Startups  —  Some social media startups are finding investors a lot less friendly in the wake of Facebook Inc.'s messy initial public offering.  —  A few months before Facebook went public …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple's journaling system for iOS makes geotagging a system-wide feature  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for an advanced journaling system that timestamps and geotags any iOS device event, such as a phone call, an app download, the playing of a song, and more.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google Maps brings over 10,000 indoor floor plans to the desktop  —  Google on Wednesday announced an update to the desktop version of its mapping service that brings it inline with the Android version: indoor maps are now a go.  There are now over 10,000 floor plans on Google Maps for the desktop.
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.
Andrew Roberts / Bloomberg:
Bionic Mannequins Spy on Shoppers to Boost Luxury Sales  —  Store mannequins are meant to catch your eye.  Soon you may catch theirs.  —  Benetton Group SpA is among fashion brands deploying mannequins equipped with technology used to identify criminals at airports to watch over shoppers in their stores.
More: PSFK and Globe and Mail
Stephen Hall / WindowsWave:
Security Hole Allows Pirates to Get a Legitimate Windows 8 Activation for Free  —  A new security hole has been discovered in Microsoft's product activation process that allows pirates to get a free legitimate activation of Windows 8 using the current Windows Media Center upgrade promotion.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
What's Spotify's Secret For Its Dec 6th Event?  Discovery Via Twitter-Style Influencer Following  —  In the post-FM era of streaming music, anyone can be a DJ.  Spotify wants to provide the audience.  That's why, industry sources confirm, Spotify will launch an enhanced influencer following system …
Thanks:@mattsf
David Kravets / Wired:
Megaupload Assisted U.S. Prosecution of Smaller File-Sharing Service  —  Eighteen months before Megaupload's operators were indicted in the United States, the company complied with a secret U.S. search warrant targeting five of its users who were running their own file-sharing service using …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For some companies, confusion in app-land equals money  —  When News.me, a New York-based company, acquired some assets of the earliest social news sharing service Digg and refocused on Digg, its chances to make it were seen as a long shot.  And while that dark prognosis hasn't changed …
More: BGR

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