November 26, 2012, 4:01 AM

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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).
Wall Street Journal:
Japan's Masayoshi Son Picks a Fight With U.S. Phone Giants  —  In Japan, Masayoshi Son is known as the eccentric Internet billionaire who upended the country's telecom industry.  In the U.S., he is about to become the cash-strapped underdog who picked a fight with two corporate giants—AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless.
More: PhoneArenaTweets: @spencerante and @erichippeau
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 …
Tweets: @scottros and @jayrosen_nyu
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
E-Commerce Spending On Black Friday Tops $1B For The First Time; Amazon Is The Most Visited Retailer  —  We've seen the reports that Black Friday online sales increased this year, but the numbers are finally in. comScore is reporting that U.S. retail e-commerce spending was $1.042 billion on Black Friday …
Matt Harris / For The Win:
Square Puck  —  There's a famous/trite expression, commonly cited in the venture business, about how you want to skate to where the puck is going, not to where it is right now.  As I watch the payments industry grapple to deal with the phenomenon of Square's micro-merchant processing business …
Tweets: @saif_ajani and @rkhanna
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 …
More: PhoneArena
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 …
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 …
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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