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November 28, 2012, 7:00 AM

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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.
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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Says It Has Identified Windows Phone Rebooting Issue, Plans Fix for December  —  Microsoft said it believes it has identified a problem that was causing some Windows Phone 8 devices to reboot without warning.  —  The company said it hopes to deliver an over-the-air software fix next month.
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 …
Jack Shafer / Reuters:
Fake press releases are a public service  —  Yesterday, an enterprising clown used PRWeb to publish a fake press release about the purported purchasing of WiFi provider ICOA by Google for $400 million.  The Associated Press, Business Insider, Forbes, Techcrunch and other websites ran stories …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Marissa Mayer's First Live Interview (Which ATD Had to Virtually Sneak Into): God.  Family.  Yahoo.  —  Tonight, new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer gave her first public interview since becoming the leader of the troubled Silicon Valley Internet giant.  —  Not to cranky me, of course …
More: Fortune and FortuneTweets: @fortunempw
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 …
Sarah McBride / Reuters:
Special Report: Silicon Valley's dirty secret - age bias  —  (Reuters) - When Randy Adams, 60, was looking for a chief-executive officer job in Silicon Valley last year, he got turned down from position after position that he thought he was going to nail — only to see much younger, less-experienced men win out.
More: broadstuffTweets: @ingridlunden
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.
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
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Nokia Lumia 920 Review - High Quality But It's Heavy  —  Both Nokia and Microsoft were once titans in the smartphone world, but the pair have struggled to find favor with consumers, carriers and developers in the iPhone-Android era.  Now, the two companies, which have become close partners …
More: CNET
BBC:
Richard O'Dwyer strikes deal to avoid 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.
More: CNETTweets: @iankatz1000
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.
Stefan Tanase / Securelist:
Google.ro and other RO domains, victims of a DNS hijacking attack  —  Earlier today, Softpedia reported that an Algerian hacker using the nickname MCA-CRB has managed to deface the Romanian sites of Google (google.ro) and Yahoo! (yahoo.ro).  —  Screenshot of the defaced Google.ro domain
More: Softpedia News and TechCrunchTweets: @ingridlunden
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Rdio Revamps Its iOS And Android Apps Bringing Improved Looks, Navigation, New Playback Controls & More  —  Streaming music startup Rdio continues its battle with Spotify, today updating its two flagship mobile applications for iOS and Android.  The new apps have been redesigned with a cleaner layout …
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.
Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
U.S. Senate to consider long overdue reforms on electronic privacy  —  In 2010, electronic privacy needed digital due process.  In 2012, it's worth defending your vanishing rights online.  —  This week, there's an important issue before Washington that affects everyone who sends email …
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Deezer takes on Spotify apps platform with its own App Studio  —  Flush with their recent funding rounds, the battle is on between streaming music services Deezer and Spotify for users, new territories and now app developers.  Spotify's desktop app platform and iOS API are well established …
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.

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