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November 25, 2012, 12:20 PM

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Fred Wilson / A VC:
What Has Changed  —  As I read this post in the WSJ about the changing nature of VC funding of consumer web companies, I thought that we may be looking at the symptoms and not the disease.  As the WSJ notes, VC funding of consumer web and mobile companies is down 42% in this first nine months of 2012 (vs the first nine months of 2011).
John Markoff / New York Times:
Scientists See Promise in Deep-Learning Programs  —  Using an artificial intelligence technique inspired by theories about how the brain recognizes patterns, technology companies are reporting startling gains in fields as diverse as computer vision, speech recognition and the identification …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Black Friday Online Sales Surged 21 Percent Thanks To Mobile Shopping, More Retailer Promotions And Personalized Deals  —  After a particularly strong Thanksgiving for online sales, shoppers continued to look for e-commerce deals on Black Friday.  IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark is reporting …
Chris Francescani / Reuters:
Fighting Sandy debris-removal crooks: There's an app for that  —  A devastating storm like Sandy can bring out the crooks - and not just opportunistic looters and burglars.
Julian Pecquet / Hillicon Valley:
Gaza violence leads lawmakers to call for shuttering terror groups on Twitter  —  The past week's violence in Gaza has rekindled calls for Twitter to shutter the accounts of U.S.-labeled terror groups such as Hamas.  —  Seven House Republicans asked the FBI in September to demand that Twitter …
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Windows Phone Team: This is No Way to Treat Early Adopters  —  Once seen as a nice gesture, Windows Phone 7.8 is now seen for what it is  —  When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7.8 in June, I knew it was too good to be true.  At the time, it seemed like Microsoft was throwing a bone …
Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
Cyber Corps program trains spies for the digital age  —  At the University of Tulsa school, students learn to write computer viruses, hack digital networks and mine data from broken cellphones.  Many graduates head to the CIA or NSA.  —  Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta highlighted the need …
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Gareth Beavis / TechRadar.com:
LG admits reason behind dropping 4G in Nexus 4  —  Because it's secretly another phone … The redundant 4G chip in the Nexus 4 caused confusion, but now LG has told TechRadar why it's there.  —  The presence of the LTE connectivity hardware in the Nexus 4 caused some to believe that it could be next-gen speed-enabled in the future.
Joe Palazzolo / Wall Street Journal:
Can Police Locate Wireless Internet Moochers Without a Warrant?  —  Beware, wireless Internet moochers.  A federal court in Pittsburgh has ruled that the government can track you to your location, sans search warrant, using free anti-moocher software.  —  The courts have ruled …

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