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November 22, 2012, 6:40 AM

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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.
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 …
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.
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.
More: DealBook
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 …
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 …
Tweets: @mkapor, @anildash and @ericries
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
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 and Business Week
Lucian Constantin / Network World:
Security firm showcases vulnerabilities in SCADA software, won't report them to vendors  —  The vulnerability information will be sold to private buyers as part of a commercial service, the company says  —  h(f)){c=a.createElement('script'); c.type='text/javascript';c.src= 'http …
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 …

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