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November 21, 2012, 2:45 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.
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 …
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.
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.
Will Connors / Digits:
NTSB May Drop BlackBerrys for iPhones, Citing Reliability  —  Research In Motion Ltd. may be losing another U.S. government customer, but this time the reason isn't fickle employees who prefer to carry around an iPhone.  —  The National Transportation Safety Board said it's looking to switch …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
With Site Badges Debut, “Mobile First” Instagram Is Catching Up to the Web  —  Building on the momentum of its Web profiles launch earlier this month, Instagram announced Wednesday the rollout of badges, small icons that users can post to promote their Instagram pages.  —  They'll certainly look familiar.
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 …
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.
Dave Herman / Hulu Blog:
Hulu Plus Launching on Nintendo Wii U with Integrated Second Screen Experience  —  At Hulu's development center in Seattle, we spend our time focusing on making the Hulu Plus living room experience delightful for our subscribers.  With our latest innovation, we've teamed up with Nintendo …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Jolla gives a first glimpse at its MeeGo-based Sailfish OS  —  As promised, Finnish startup Jolla has given a first demo of its new MeeGo-based OS, Sailfish.  The company, which was founded by a number of ex-Nokia employees, is currently demoing the OS at a live show in Finland, but has uploaded a promotional video to YouTube.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Evernote Outlines Its Roadmap To “Fix” And Improve Skitch 2.0 For Mac  —  At first, the marriage between Skitch and Evernote looked like a perfect match, but after Evernote launched the completely redesigned Skitch 2. for Mac, the company faced quite a bit of backlash as the new version …
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.
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.
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Google's Eric Schmidt Tells Parents To ‘Have Online Talk Before Sex Talk’ With Kids.  Survey Suggests Many Do.  —  “We need to fight for our privacy or we will lose it,” said Google chairman Eric Schmidt to Reuters in a recent on-camera chat.  “[All of the user generated material on the web] …
Julian Pecquet / Hillicon Valley:
Report: French officials accuse US of hacking Sarkozy's computers  —  The United States used U.S.-Israeli spy software to hack into the French presidential office earlier this year, the French cyberwarfare agency has concluded, according to the newsmagazine l'Express.
Moritz Jaeger / ZDNet:
Google Street View: No prosecution in Germany  —  Summary: Prosecutors in Hamburg have decided not to press charges against Google over the collection of Wi-Fi data by its Street View cars.  —  Moritz Jaeger  —  Good news for Google: after two years and nine months of investigation …

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