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November 21, 2012, 4:50 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.
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.
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 …
More: WebProNews and WiredThanks:@leokelion
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Elaine Burke / Silicon Republic:
BitTorrent seeks broadcasters to help develop live streaming tool  —  BitTorrent has put the call out to qualified broadcasters and content creators to sign up to help build BitTorrent Live, which it believes is the next generation of live streaming.  —  Currently in beta mode …
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
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
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple and HTC fine with showing license agreement to Samsung — but not the royalty rate  —  On Friday Samsung's counsel in the Apple case in California brought a motion to compel, demanding access to the newly-minted Apple-HTC license agreement that settled Apple's first Android patent case ever.
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 …
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.

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