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November 27, 2012, 11:25 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 …
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 …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
The Google-ICOA scandal: with millions at stake, making fake news is easier than you think  —  How — and why — did someone briefly convince the world that Google had bought a Wi-Fi company?  —  The tech world went into a tizzy yesterday morning after a release surfaced …
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 …
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.
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.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
64-bit Firefox for Windows should be prioritized, not suspended  —  The Red Panda, or Firefox, is an adorable inhabitant of forests in foothills of the Himalayas.  —  Flickr user  —  The stable, supported, mainstream version of Firefox on Windows is a 32-bit application.
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Kantar Worldpanel: Apple Shoots Back To Top Of U.S. Smartphone Sales On An iPhone 5 Rocket, Android Leading Elsewhere  —  Samsung may be be the world's most popular smartphone brand, but in the influential U.S. market, Apple has climbed back to the top of the pack on the strength of its iPhone 5 sales.
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.
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 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 …
More: ZDNet
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: Bloomberg
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 …
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 …
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
Vincent Nguyen / SlashGear:
Chevrolet adds Siri to 2013 Spark; Previews next-gen MyLink  —  Siri is hitching a ride in the 2013 Chevrolet Spark and Sonic LZ and RS, with support for the voice control system in the MyLink infotainment systems; meanwhile, an all-new version will debut in the 2014 Impala.
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.
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Facebook Claimant Ceglia Indicted for Wire, Mail Fraud  —  Paul Ceglia was indicted on charges he faked evidence to support his claims that he signed a contract with Facebook Inc. (FB) Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg giving him a multibillion-dollar share in the world's biggest social network,
More: Betabeat
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 …

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