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November 27, 2012, 8:30 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:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Wii Mini revealed by Best Buy with a release date of December 7th  —  Despite shipping its new Wii U console recently, Nintendo appears to be readying an additional video games system for the holiday season.  Best Buy Canada has revealed a Wii Mini console on its online pages, with pre-orders that appear to be available soon.
Don Reisinger / 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.
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.
Roger Yu / USA Today:
Indoor map technology poses challenges, opportunities  —  Digital cartographers view indoor space as an untapped but potentially lucrative field.  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — Start-ups and tech giants pursue varying solutions, but tapping Wi-Fi networks is most popular method
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 …
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.”
Bill Callahan / Bloomberg:
Apple and LG Electronics Face Trial Over Alcatel-Lucent Patents  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) and LG Electronics Inc. (066570) are set to face trial over claims by an Alcatel-Lucent SA (ALU) unit that they infringed patents for electronic devices including phones and computers.
EurasiaNet.org:
Tajikistan Blocks Facebook Again, Seeks Meeting with Zuckerberg  —  The chief of Tajikistan's communications agency says he has blocked Facebook access in the country because Internet users were begging him to shut that “hotbed of libel.”  And he wants a few words with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
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.
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).
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
New York City Police Amassing a Trove of Cellphone Logs  —  When a cellphone is reported stolen in New York, the Police Department routinely subpoenas the phone's call records, from the day of the theft onward.  The logic is simple: If a thief uses the phone, a list of incoming and outgoing calls could lead to the suspect.

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