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November 26, 2012, 8:55 PM

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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Google Sources Say Company Didn't Buy ICOA Wireless  —  Sources at Google are denying reports that the search giant has acquired ICOA Wireless in a $400 million deal.  —  We have yet to hear from a Google rep on the record.  But people within the company say that contrary to a press release posted …
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Nintendo: 400K Wii U units sold, 1.2M devices total  —  The company's president of America Reggie Fils-Aime says that the Wii U is “essentially sold out of retail.”  —  Nintendo sold more than 1 million hardware units over the last week, the company has confirmed to CNET.
Y Combinator:
The YC VC Program  —  Two years ago Yuri Milner and Ron Conway formed an informal coalition to invest $150k in every startup we funded.  Although we didn't organize this program, over the years we ended up de facto managing it, and it was awkward to manage something we hadn't started.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
11 Apple iPads per hour vs. zero Microsoft Surface tablets  —  A survey compared sales at an Apple Store and a Microsoft Store in the Mall of America  —  FORTUNE — On Saturday we posted side-by-side videos showing Black Friday shopping activity at an Apple Store and a Microsoft Store in Lone Tree …
Patrick McGee / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Taps Bond Market for First Time in Over a Decade  —  The Cyber Monday buying craze is extending to the bond market as Amazon.com Inc. sells its first bond deal in nearly 15 years.  —  The $3 billion bond deal from the largest U.S. Internet retailer has garnered more than $10 billion of orders, according to investors.
Cade Metz / Wired:
Exclusive: Inside Google Spanner, the Largest Single Database on Earth  —  Each morning, when Andrew Fikes sat down at his desk inside Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, he turned on the “VC” link to New York.  —  VC is Google shorthand for video conference.
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Acquired “Lightning” Trademark from Harley-Davidson  —  The EU Patent & Trademark Office officially published two Apple trademark applications for “Lightning” under numbers 011399821/862.  What's interesting about this filing is that it clearly illustrates that Apple had acquired …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The Android engagement paradox  —  IBM's Digital Analytics Benchmark reported US Black Friday sales and the news is reasonably good.  Overall online sales grew by 17.4% while mobile grew to make up 24% of traffic.  —  The data goes further to show the split between device types.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's client-access licensing and pricing changes to hit December 1  —  Summary: Business customers who purchase CALs from Microsoft for use with Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, Windows Server, System Center and other products should be aware of licensing/pricing changes coming soon.
Cristina Cordova:
The Biggest Problem in Mobile: Retention  —  When I read Fred Wilson's post this morning about the tough times consumer companies are having raising money, his second point resonated with me most: … This made me think of how frequently we attribute success on mobile to downloads instead of monthly active users.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
iPhone 5 Costs May Be Eating Apple's Gross Margins  —  How much longer can Apple maintain the high margins it has long commanded for devices like the iPhone?  Not much longer, says Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves, who believes the company's gross profit per device has risen as high as it will ever go.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Tumblr grows to nearly 170 million monthly visitors, up 50 million from January  —  According to data from web measurement firm Quantcast, Tumblr's getting ready to wrap up a year of major traffic growth.  A Tumblr blog post is claiming that the site is now one of the top ten most-visited sites …
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Two consumer groups urge Facebook to back off privacy changes  —  Consumer groups are protesting Facebook's proposal to end its practice of letting users vote on changes to its privacy policies and wants to share more of their data with its affiliates such as Instagram.  (Joerg Koch / Associated Press / November 26, 2012)
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Lanyrd Jumps Into The Space Left By LinkedIn's Events App Closure With New Features  —  As of today, LinkedIn is shutting down its LinkedIn Events application.  As you can see, the events industry is gnashing its teeth over this move.  The events side of the app has been long used …

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