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November 22, 2012, 1:15 PM

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Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Samsung accuses iPad mini of patent infringement in latest legal salvo  —  Samsung successfully added the iPhone 5 to its newest patent battle with Apple, and today the company accused several more of Cupertino's products of infringement — including the iPad mini.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple-HTC license agreement would terminate automatically after change of control  —  I have found, in a place where few people look for this kind of information, a heavily-redacted (more than 90% of the content is blacked out) public version of the Apple-HTC license agreement that was signed …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
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.
Erica Orden / Wall Street Journal:
DreamWorks Releases Software Used in ‘Guardians’  —  DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., after spending years developing specialized software used to make one of its most expensive movies ever, is giving it away free to competitors.  —  The studio released onto the open market one of the primary tools used …
Reuters:
Hard drive maker OCZ says facing SEC probe  —  OCZ Technology Group Inc said it is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and it received a subpoena requesting certain documents and information related to its Sep. 5 and Oct. 10 announcements.
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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Police Raid 9-Year-Old Pirate Bay Girl, Confiscate Winnie The Pooh Laptop  —  Very soon in the United States, letters will be sent out to Internet account holders informing them that they should stop sharing copyrighted material on BitTorrent.  —  The message in the US from mainstream rightsholders …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Skobbler Launches Hybrid Online/Offline Maps App For Android As Showcase For What Its OpenStreetMaps-Powered Map Engine Can Do  —  You'd think the last thing mobile users need right now is another digital mapping service — what with Google, Apple and Nokia all duking it out …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Mozilla quietly kills Firefox 64-bit for Windows, despite an estimated 50% of testers using it  —  Mozilla Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg last Friday quietly posted a thread over on the Google Groups mozilla.dev.planning discussion board titled “Turning off win64 builds.”
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 …
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 …
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 Pasternack / MOTHERBOARD:
No More Lulz: Should Weev, the World's Most Notorious Troll, Go to Jail for ‘Hacking’?  —  Hacking is really about making things better, but it's also about causing havoc, and Andrew Auernheimer's most infamous hack sits somewhere between the two.  But according to a federal court in New Jersey, it leans in the latter direction.
James Grubel / Reuters:
Australian tax crackdown to target Google, other multinationals  —  (Reuters) - Australia released draft revisions to tax laws on Thursday, which it said were designed to stop big firms, including the local arm of Google, from shifting their income to countries such as Holland or Ireland where the tax rates are lower.
Lucian Constantin / Network World:
Security firm showcases vulnerabilities in SCADA software, won't report them to vendors  —  Malta-based security start-up firm ReVuln claims to be sitting on a stockpile of vulnerabilities in industrial control software, but prefers to sell the information to governments and other paying customers instead …

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