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November 27, 2012, 6:00 AM

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Frank Strong / PRWeb:
PRWeb Statement on Fraudulent ICOA Press Release  —  PRWeb transmitted a press release for ICOA that we have since learned was fraudulent.  The release was not issued or authorized by ICOA.  Vocus reviews all press releases and follows an internal process designed to maintain the integrity of the releases we send out every day.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
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.
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.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Security Flaw In Common Keycard Locks Exploited In String Of Hotel Room Break-Ins  —  Matthew Allen Cook, who police have charged in one Houston hotel room break-in and suspect in others.  Hotel staff say a hacking tool was used to open its keycard locks.  —  Whoever robbed Janet Wolf's hotel room did his work discreetly.
Wall Street Journal:
Long Before H-P Deal, Autonomy's Red Flags  —  CAMBRIDGE, England—When Autonomy Corp. was starting up in this historic university town, founder Mike Lynch stuck a sign on an office door that read “Authorized Personnel Only.”  Behind the door, he told visitors, were 500 engineers working on “hush-hush” projects.
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.”
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.
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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Bloomberg:
Google Joins Apple in Drawing French Tax Collectors' Indignation  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), Apple (AAPL) Inc. and other Internet-linked companies may soon feel the long arm of the French taxman.  —  In what may be Europe's first such effort, President Francois Hollande's government says it will look …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Internal Apple video documents Apple Store philosophy  —  Washington Square Films (NYC) gave us a rare look at one of the internal videos that Apple has shown its retail store employees.  This one is obviously over a year old, with Ron Johnson at the helm (the date says 7/7/2011).
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 …
Alexis Santos / Engadget:
Nook app packs new features on iOS and Android, makes UK debut  —  Barnes & Noble's Nook app has reached version 3.3 on iOS and Android, bringing a handful of new features in tow.  Headlining the iOS update are screen magnification and support for Apple's VoiceOver feature …

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