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November 28, 2012, 2:00 PM

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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 8 - 40 Million Licenses Sold  —  As we pass the one month anniversary of the general availability of Windows 8, we are pleased to announce that to-date Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses.  Tami Reller shared this news with industry and financial analysts …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Ballmer says Windows 8 users ‘get it, and like it’  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is addressing the company's annual shareholders meeting right now in Bellevue, Wash. He started by talking about the uptake of Windows 8, citing the 40 million licenses sold, and alluding to the early usage patterns that the company reported yesterday.
More: CNET and WMPoweruser
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Blue is Microsoft's future low-cost OS with yearly updates  —  Microsoft is busy preparing its next-generation Windows client, shortly after shipping Windows 8 in October.  The Verge has learned from several sources familiar with Microsoft's plans that the company is planning …
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Exclusive: Nokia seeks to block sale of some RIM products  —  Nokia wants a US court to enforce an arbitration agreement that could affect most of RIM's smartphones  —  Nokia has asked a California court to enforce an arbitration award that would prevent Research In Motion from selling products …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
BlackBerry maker RIM loses patent dispute with Nokia  —  (Reuters) - Canada's Research In Motion (RIM) has lost a contract dispute over the use of Nokia patents in a case which could halt sales of its BlackBerry phones if it does not reach a deal to pay royalties to the Finnish company.
BBC:
‘Piracy’ student Richard O'Dwyer avoids US extradition  —  Mr O'Dwyer faced a maximum sentence of five years in prison if found guilty in the US  —  A student facing trial and possible imprisonment in the United States has struck a deal to avoid extradition, the High Court has been told.
Loek Essers / Computerworld:
Apple gets sales ban on some Samsung Galaxy products in the Netherlands  —  Dutch court bans sale of Samsung products that infringe on an Apple patent on navigating images in a photo gallery  —  A Dutch court has banned sales of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy products that infringe …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's launches ‘Scroogled’ anti-Google Shopping website  —  Microsoft is launching its latest anti-Google campaign this week.  A new Scroogled site has emerged that directly attacks Google's “unfair pay-to-rank shopping practices” says Microsoft.  “Simply put, all of their shopping results …
Vibhu Norby / philosophically:
Why We're Pivoting from Mobile-first to Web-first  —  There has been much discussion from the venture capitalist angle on the failings of mobile companies, including posts by Fred Wilson and Om Malik.  I wanted to share my perspective, having been the co-founder of a mobile-first startup …
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Shara Tibken / CNET:
Yelp CEO: Yep, Google can be pretty evil  —  Jeremy Stoppelman, speaking during a Business Insider conference, also said doing anything local takes depth and time.  —  NEW YORK—Sure, Google can be pretty evil, Yelp Chief Executive Jeremy Stoppelman said.  —  Stoppelman, speaking …
Reuters:
Italian tax police probe Google Italy again  —  (Reuters) - Italian police launched a new tax probe into Google Italy after earlier investigations found the internet company had failed to declare income and still owed sales tax, an economy ministry document showed on Wednesday.
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
AMD plans to sell Texas campus to raise cash  —  (Reuters) - Advanced Micro Devices Inc plans to sell and lease back its Austin, Texas campus to raise cash and fund its chipmaking business as it diversifies beyond the troubled PC industry into new markets.  —  AMD expects to sell the 58-acre site …
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Hackers steal and publish e-mails from U.N. nuclear agency  —  The IAEA confirms its servers were breached and a hacking group claims responsibility demanding an investigation into Israel's alleged nuclear proliferation program.  —  Hackers have made their way into one of the servers …
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Rep. Darrell Issa introduces a 'don't mess with the Internet for two years' bill  —  If it ain't broke, don't fix it.  Yet, when it comes to the Internet, there are plenty of politicians who believe something is broken.  —  Suffice it to say, the majority of active Internet users …
Bloomberg:
Google Chief Page Said to Meet FTC Over Antitrust Probe  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) Chief Executive Officer Larry Page met with U.S. Federal Trade Commission officials today in Washington as the agency moves to wrap up its 19-month investigation of the company's business practices, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
Gary Marcus / The New Yorker:
Moral Machines  —  Google's driver-less cars are already street-legal in three states, California, Florida, and Nevada, and some day similar devices may not just be possible but mandatory.  Eventually (though not yet) automated vehicles will be able to drive better, and more safely than you can …
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Amazon Web Services:
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