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November 27, 2012, 9:55 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.
Reuters:
HP rebuffs ex-Autonomy CEO, warns of legal action  —  (Reuters) - Hewlett Packard Co rebuffed a request by former Autonomy Chief Executive Mike Lynch to detail accusations of accounting fraud leveled against the British software company and its former executives, and challenged Lynch to submit to questions under penalty of perjury.
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Is Andrew Mason on the Bubble as CEO of Groupon?  —  According to sources close to the situation, several Groupon board members have been seriously discussing making major leadership changes at the Chicago-based daily deals company, including bringing in a more experienced CEO to take over for co-founder Andrew Mason.
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.
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
How Google Plans to Find the UnGoogleable  —  The company wants to improve its mobile search services by automatically delivering information you wouldn't think to search for online.  —  Why It Matters  —  Google could extend its reach by finding ways to deliver information that people don't currently use a search engine to find.
Thanks:@tsimonite
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.
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Setting aside the smartphone: two weeks with Samsung's Galaxy Camera  —  Exploring the world with the hottest cameras and smartphones, I've grown accustomed to drawing discrete glances from curious gadget enthusiasts.  In Tokyo, it was Canon's EOS M camera that netted polite peeks.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
After cashing out to Google and Twitter, Ori Allon is going all in with Urban Compass  —  Can a programming prodigy disrupt the offline world as well?  —  When I meet up with Ori Allon for coffee on New York's Lower East Side, he paid special attention to the stools.
More: The Age
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Obvious-Incubated Lift Lands $2.5M From Spark Capital, SV Angel To Help You Build Good Habits  —  After nearly a year in development, Lift launched its first mobile product in August behind an ambitious goal: Boost human potential by helping people achieve their goals.
More: Lift, AllThingsD and Bijan SabetThanks:@ripemp
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.

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