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November 22, 2012, 12:40 AM

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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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Oracle's Ellison Vindicated in Autonomy PR Flap by HP's $8.8 Billion Writedown  —  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and President Mark Hurd look pretty good right now in light of the disclosure of alleged accounting improprieties at Autonomy, the British software firm Hewlett-Packard acquired in 2011.
More: Quartz, ZDNet and Forbes
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
H.P.'s Misstep Shows the Risk in Big Ideas  —  When Hewlett-Packard spent roughly $10 billion on the software company Autonomy, it thought it was buying a slice of the future — investing in the hot trend of big data.  But the deal turned out to be a debacle, and not only because H.P. wrote down $5 billion of the purchase.
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.
Harry McCracken / TIME:
Lotus: Farewell to a Once-Great Tech Brand  —  Wolfgang Gruener of Tom's Hardware alerted me to a bit of news that, while minor, has left me in a wistful mood.  IBM is planning to remove the Lotus branding from its Notes and Domino workgroup products.  It's the apparent end of Lotus …
More: Tom's IT ProTweets: @ericries, @mkapor and @anildash
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Artists Being Asked to Prepare for iTunes 11 Launch in “Next Days”  —  According to a post on the MacRumors Forums, Apple is asking record labels to submit pictures and galleries of their artists to iTunes for use in iTunes 11's new Music Store layout.  —  This email was sent to artists …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
BitTorrent updates uTorrent beta for Android with Wi-Fi only option  —  BitTorrent has released a small but important update to its µTorrent client for Android: Wi-Fi support.  You can download the new version now from the official Google Play store.  —  Version 1.13′s changelog lists …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Following Netflix and Hulu, Amazon brings over 140,000 movies and TV episodes to the Nintendo Wii U  —  Following Netflix and Hulu Plus, Amazon on Wednesday announced the launch of its Instant Video app for Nintendo's Wii U console.  You can now download the app now on the Wii U home screen or grab it from the Nintendo's Wii U eShop.
Dave Herman / Hulu Blog:
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 …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's “iMessage” is now a Registered Trademark  —  Apple's iMessage was first introduced by Scott Forstall at their World Wide Developer Conference in June 2011.  Then in February 2012, Apple announced that iMessage was going to replace iChat in OS X Mountain Lion.
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 and @gmc
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung's lawyers will get to see complete Apple-HTC license agreement including fees  —  On Wednesday Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal held a hearing on short notice, allowing counsel to participate by phone, to discuss Samsung's motion to compel production of the complete Apple-HTC settlement agreement.
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: iFans, 9to5Mac and The Verge
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.
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.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Verizon FiOS Mobile app for iPad updated with streaming access to 75 channels  —  The first time we saw Verizon's FiOS Mobile app for the iPad, it was showing off the ability to stream live TV channels directly to the tablet.  Unfortunately when it was released later in 2010 that feature …
Richard Nieva / PandoDaily:
Umano wants to tell you the news, literally  —  As a Bay Area resident, I think I can speak for most when I say: BART is awful.  The Bay Area Rapid Transit pales in comparison to other metropolis' public transportation trains.  It's overly crowded at rush hour, makes a grand total of eight stops …
Tweets: @akovacs
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 …
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 …

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Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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