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November 21, 2012, 8:10 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”
More: CNETTweets: @blackjet
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.
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
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
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 …
Digits:
Fab's Newest Distribution Channel: LivingSocial  —  Designer e-commerce company Fab today is beginning to sell “gifts” through LivingSocial's website and marketing channels.  —  Fab will feature 50 of its “top picks” from its Holiday Shops in LivingSocial's gift guide.
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.
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
Ionut Arghire / Softpedia News:
Nokia's NFC-Based YouSendIt App Arrives on Windows Phone 8  —  Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has made available for download a new application for its Windows Phone 8 devices, namely YouSendIt.  —  The application takes advantage of the Near Field Communication (NFC) …
Paul Sloan / CNET:
Feds aim to kill .Army, other military domains  —  Demand Media wants to run three military domain extensions that — big surprise — Uncle Sam isn't too happy about.  —  Here's a cyberfight it seems anyone could have seen coming.  —  Among the hundreds of new generic top-level domains under consideration …
More: Guardian and BBC
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 …

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