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November 28, 2012, 4:25 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 …
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.
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.
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  —  (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.
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …

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