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November 25, 2012, 7:40 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).
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Droidfooding: After Years Of Giving Employees iPhones, Posters At Facebook HQ Beg Them To Test Android  —  “In the early days we gave employees iPhones primarily”, a Facebook spokesperson tells me.  That decision and the rise of Android has left Facebook scrambling to get employees dogfooding its apps for Google's OS.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Bullet points on Ev's new startup  —  I listened to a podcast interview between Evan Williams and Jeffrey Zeldman yesterday.  It had a few bits about Medium, which is his new startup.  I am interested in know what his thinking is on this — as we've been exploring the same territory for a number of years …
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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google shuts down dedicated Motorola Mobility sites for Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa  —  Soon after purchasing Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, Google announced it would make deep cuts into the company's staff, reducing headcount by some 4,000.  As part of that effort …
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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 …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
‘CHANGE OR DIE’: Why Federated Media Has To Reinvent Online Advertising All Over Again  —  Federated Media Publishing was once a game-changing startup poised to shake up the digital advertising world.  —  Now, it's the one that's been shaken by a fast-moving industry, with layoffs and turnover in its executive ranks.
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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 …
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.  Officials dealing with the destruction in the U.S. Northeast say one of their biggest headaches is debris-removal fraud committed …

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