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November 26, 2012, 2:20 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 …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
ICOA Says Google Didn't Acquire the Company  —  Google Inc. did not acquire wireless broadband provider ICOA Inc., according to an ICOA executive.  —  Erwin Vahlsing, Jr., ICOA's chief financial officer, said in an email that an online press release claiming Google had acquired ICOA for $400 million “is false.”
More: SplatF and TechnoBuffaloTweets: @pkafka
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 …
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 …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator's YC VC Will Replace The Start Fund; Includes Yuri Milner, Andreessen Horowitz But Offers Less Money  —  Two years ago, Yuri Milner and Ron Conway created The Start Fund to put $150,000 into all Y Combinator companies.  Y Combinator ended up managing the fund, and encountered a few issues.
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.
Dave McClure / 500hats:
What Hasn't Changed: The Internet Keeps Getting Bigger.  —  Recent articles by the WSJ, Fred Wilson, & others are noting a shift in investor interest to enterprise and away from consumer.  If true, this is a huge error... at least for entrepreneurs, angels, and smaller funds.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Samsung's Galaxy Note II hits 5 million channel sales, adding 2 million over the last 24 days  —  Samsung has announced [translation] that the Galaxy Note II, its flagship phone-meets-tablet ('phablet'), has passed 5 million in channel sales, chalking up a further 2 million shipments since November 2.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Amazon enjoys big etail lead as Cyber Monday hits  —  Just in time for Cyber Monday, Deepfield released new numbers ranking online retail sites based on their traffic.  Some of the results are surprising (Shopify, which offers an ecommerce platform for e-commerce sites, shows pretty good numbers) …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Windows Phone 7.8: After Months Of Silence On WP7′s Last Ever Update, Microsoft Says “We Hope To Share More Details In Near Future”  —  Windows Phone fans have had a plethora of news about Windows Phone 8 in recent weeks, with the WP8 launch event taking place at the end of October …
In-Soo Nam / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Addresses Labor Issues at China Plants  —  SEOUL—Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday that it is taking measures to address unfair labor practices at its Chinese factories, including overwork and denial of basic labor rights, in response to a labor group claim in September …
Associated Press:
Web access battles brew before UN conference  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—An upcoming U.N. gathering about Internet oversight is raising alarms from a broad coalition of critics, including the U.S., tech giants such as Google and rights groups, concerned that changes could lead …
More: Forbes
Martin Brinkmann / gHacks Technology News:
Bios embedded Windows 8 product keys  —  If you have purchased a laptop running Windows 8 recently you may have noticed that it may not contain a small label on the back side or battery compartment listing the operating system's product key.  The question that should come up at this point …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
The Facebook Button Is Back On Phones: Nokia Puts Social Networking Knobs On ~$62 Series 40 Asha 205, 205 Dual-SIM Qwerty Handsets  —  Amid all the Windows Phone, luridly coloured Lumia hype, it's easy to forget Nokia sells a far more successful line of mobile phones, based on its Series 40 OS.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Valley Cred: Samsung Plans to Open New Start-Up Accelerator in Downtown Palo Alto  —  While it is one of the largest consumer electronics and mobile companies in the world, Korean's Samsung has a relatively quiet profile in Silicon Valley.  —  In fact, while it has had a longtime facility …
Reuters:
FBI uses Twitter, social media to look for securities fraud  —  (Reuters) - The FBI sees social media as a potential breeding ground for securities fraud, and has agents scouring Twitter and Facebook for tips, according to two top agents overseeing a long-running investigation into insider trading in the $2 trillion hedge fund industry.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The Release Windows Archaism  —  Television and media industry are stuck in a wasteful rear-guard fight for the preservation of an analog era relic: the Release Windows system.  Designed to avoid destructive competition among media, it ends up boosting piracy while frustrating honest viewers willing to pay.
More: Guardian and AllThingsD

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