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November 27, 2012, 6:50 PM

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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Fire Maps Manager After Flaws Hurt IPhone 5 Debut  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) has fired the manager responsible for its troubled mapping software, seeking to win back the trust of users disappointed after the program debuted in September, according to people familiar with the move.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple seeking ‘advice’ from TomTom on how to fix its point-of-interest woes with Maps  —  In an report today about Apple firing Maps manager Richard Williamson over the poor launch of its Maps app, it was also noted that it was looking for ways to improve its point-of-interest data.
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft: We've sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses to date  —  Summary: Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses to date, according to the chief marketing and financial officer of the Windows division.  —  Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses since October 26.
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.
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Ericsson Sues Samsung on Patents  —  BERLIN — Ericsson, the market leader in mobile phone networking equipment, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Samsung, the biggest smartphone maker, claiming that it had infringed on 24 of Ericsson's software and hardware patents.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
On Cyber Monday, Mobile — Not Social — Takes All the Glory  —  On Cyber Monday, Etsy said it completed more sales than at any time in its seven-year history, driven by a number of factors.  —  One standout measurement was the number of visitors coming to the crafts marketplace from mobile devices …
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Bing's top searches reveal iPhone 5 as No. 1 news story  —  What do the iPhone 5, Kim Kardashian, and Pizza Hut have in common?  Top Bing searches.  —  Believe it or not but the No. 1 most searched for news story on Bing this year has been the launch of Apple's iPhone 5.
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 …
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 …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPad driving e-commerce as market shifts from desktop-based purchases  —  A new study claims the rapid rise of tablet computing is not only driving e-commerce, but is changing the market's landscape, prompting many traditional retailers to respond by revamping their online storefronts to accommodate devices like Apple's iPad.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Banks offer to help Sony offload battery unit - sources  —  (Reuters) - Sony Corp has been approached by at least three investment banks offering to sell its battery business as the struggling Japanese group looks to offload non-core assets and focus on reviving its consumer electronics business, banking sources said.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google Returning Month Of December To Nexus Devices With Android 4.2.1 OTA Update  —  Google is in the process of rolling out Android 4.2.1 to at least Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices (with Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus hardware likely to follow) as an over-the-air update, Android Central reports.
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.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
BT website allows anyone to add services to an account with a phone number and postcode  —  A security flaw allowing anyone armed with your phone number and correct UK postcode to add services to your BT account has been spotted by The Register.  The site showed how easy …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
AMAZON: We Doubled Kindle Sales—No, We're Not Telling You What That Really Means  —  Amazon has another (pretty much) informationless press release out about Kindle sales this morning.  —  The closest thing we get to real data: Worldwide Kindle sales over the holiday shopping weekend were more than double last year's sales.
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.

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