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November 27, 2012, 12:15 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 …
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.
More: The Verge
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).
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.
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.
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 …
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.

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