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November 28, 2012, 5:10 PM

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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 …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft promises Windows Phone 7.8 update in Q1 2013, new models running the software coming shortly  —  Today Microsoft promised to bring the Windows Phone 7.8 update to market early next year for current Windows Phone 7.5 devices, and that new handsets running the software would be sold running …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Sees Surge in Windows Phones on Faster Software  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is selling four times as many Windows phones as this time last year, helped by a new version of its phone software for more powerful handsets with faster screens, Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said.
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.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
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  —  * Nokia files cases seeking to enforce the ruling  —  * Could lead to sales ban on BlackBerry phones  —  * Analysts say deal for RIM to pay royalties more likely (Releads, adds analyst comment, details)
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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Google Drive Blog:
Edit spreadsheets on the go with the Drive mobile app  —  You're making your list, you're checking it twice—and now you can do it from anywhere.  —  Just in time for this year's holiday season, you can edit Google Sheets on your mobile device, just like you can with Google Docs.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Google Acquires Incentive Targeting To Power Super Targeted, Personalized Coupon Programs  —  Google has just acquired coupon targeting company Incentive Targeting.  The acquisition was confirmed in a tweet from Mike Dudas, who is on the team building Google's mobile commerce business.
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 …
Hoang Nguyen / YouTube Blog:
YouTube automatic captions now in six European languages  —  Captions are important to make sure everyone—including deaf, hard-of-hearing, and viewers who speak other languages—can enjoy videos on YouTube.  —  In 2009, you first saw a feature that automatically creates captions on YouTube videos …
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 …
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 …
More: WebProNewsThanks:@lutherlowe
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
First SaaS, Now WaaS?  BitYota Moves From Stealth With $12M in Big-Data Play.  —  BitYota — a data “warehouse-as-a-service” start-up led by a former top Yahoo engineering exec — has emerged from stealth mode with $12 million in funding from some top Silicon Valley investors, including Jerry Yang.
More: ZDNet
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Groupon's Andrew Mason: Of Course My Board Is Discussing Replacing Me.  But I Want to Stay.  —  So that's pretty straightforward: Groupon CEO Andrew Mason says that yes, his board is discussing whether he should be replaced.  —  That's totally normal, he says, for a company whose stock is down 80 percent.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Will.i.am launches pricey i.am+ camera add-ons for iPhone, we go hands on (video)  —  So, we learned two things today.  Firstly, Will.i.am is able to attract quite a media scrum, and secondly, national press photographers have sharp elbows.  Nevertheless, we braved the London debut …
Kyle Rush:
Meet the Obama campaign's $250 million fundraising platform  —  The numbers  — $250 million dollars, 4,276,463 donations  — 81,548,259 pageviews, 17,807,917 unique visitors  — 60% faster time to paint than previous platform  — 240 a/b tests, 49% increase in donation conversion rate
More: GigaOMTweets: @flyosity

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