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November 27, 2012, 1:05 AM

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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.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google reportedly gearing up to launch its own, 12.85-inch Chrome OS touch notebook in Q1 2013  —  According to news outlets in Asia, Google is set to follow its rivals and launch an own-brand Chrome OS-powered 12.85-inch touch notebook in the first quarter of 2013.
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
Acer C7 Chromebook review: Chrome OS on the cheap, but at what cost?  —  It's been just over a month since Google unveiled its gorgeous and affordable $249 Samsung Chromebook only to surprise us days later with an even cheaper system, the $199 Acer C7 Chromebook.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apollo Plus: Microsoft's next Windows Phone update to include Wi-Fi, audio, and other fixes  —  Microsoft is currently preparing an update for Windows Phone 8, codenamed Apollo Plus.  Sources have confirmed to The Verge that Apollo Plus will bring new features to Windows Phone 8 that weren't fully in scope for the initial release.
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.
Farhad Manjoo / Fast Company:
Walmart's Evolution From Big Box Giant To E-Commerce Innovator  —  Walmart, the world's largest retailer, embraces social, mobile, and the startup spirit to compete against Amazon.  Will it be enough?  —  Jeremy King was ignoring the largest retailer in the world.
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Raises $3 Billion in a Rare Bond Offering  —  Amazon.com Inc. went beyond its usual Cyber Monday deals with a different type of offering: debt.  —  The Seattle-based Web giant on Monday tapped capital markets with its first bond offering in nearly 15 years, raising $3 billion for what it said were “general corporate purposes.”
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.
More: The Verge
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
The Social Commerce Attribution Problem: IBM Says Twitter Referred 0% Of Black Friday Traffic  —  Twitter and Facebook usually aren't the last click before an ecommerce buy, but that doesn't mean they didn't inspire or influence the purchase.  Yet IBM's Black Friday report says Twitter delivered percent …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Verizon Sued For Defending Alleged BitTorrent Pirates  —  The ongoing avalanche of mass-BitTorrent lawsuits reveal that IP-addresses can get people into a heap of trouble.  —  In many cases the person who pays for the account is not the person who shared the copyrighted material.
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 …
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)

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