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November 27, 2012, 9:15 AM

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Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces redesigned 21.5-inch iMac will be available Friday, November 30th, 27-inch models still on for December  —  After being unveiled in late-October, Apple has officially announced that the 21.5-inch iMac will be available Friday, November 30th.  The latest iMac is the eighth generation and …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Google Play Gets Real: Reviews Will Now Be Posted With Your Google+ Name And Picture  —  When you visit a review on Google Play for an app, book, song or movie, you won't have to worry as much about whether someone is sheepishly hiding behind a computer firing off nasty words …
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How PRWeb Helps Distribute Crap Into Google & News Sites  —  “What's the use of PRWeb?,” tweeted Megan McCarthy of Reuters, trying to digest how that service ended up circulating a fake Google acquisition story.  Come along, Megan and others, and I'll explain one of the sorriest uses …
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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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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.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Nintendo makes Wii Mini official: exclusive to Canada, launches December 7th for $100  —  That was quick — scarcely two hours after Best Buy spoiled the party, Nintendo is launching the Wii Mini.  The console is a Canada-exclusive and cuts out both GameCube compatibility and, more importantly, internet access.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
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.
More: Digits
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Bitter struggle over Internet regulation to dominate global summit  —  (Reuters) - An unprecedented debate over how the global Internet is governed is set to dominate a meeting of officials in Dubai next week, with many countries pushing to give a United Nations body broad regulatory powers …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
With over a million downloads, Microsoft's Bing translator app comes to Windows Phone 8  —  One of the most popular and useful mobile apps out there on the Windows Phone platform is the Bing Translator app.  This free service combines augmented reality with the phone's camera and speech & text translation …

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