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November 28, 2012, 7:45 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 …
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 …
Bill Flook / Washington Business Journal:
LivingSocial expected to lay off 400 in U.S. … LivingSocial Inc. is slated to launch a major round of layoffs Thursday, with as many as 400 job cuts expected across its U.S. workforce, according to sources with knowledge of the daily deal giant's plans.  —  Those cuts are expected to span …
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 …
More: broadstuffTweets: @pkedrosky
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.
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.
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Watch: Full interview with Yahoo's Marissa Mayer  —  Here is Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer talking with me Tuesday evening in her first interview since she joined the troubled web giant from Google (GOOG) in July.  —  At the Fortune Most Powerful Women dinner in Palo Alto, California …
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 …
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Six Strikes Anti-Piracy Plan Delayed Till 2013  —  During the summer of 2011 the MPAA and RIAA teamed up with five major Internet providers in the United States, announcing their a plan to warn and “punish” BitTorrent pirates.  —  The parties launched the Center for Copyright Information …
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
The Series A crunch is hitting now.  Have we even noticed?  —  I've been hearing about the so-called Series A Crunch for at least six months, and in recent weeks, I've spoken with more than 20 venture capitalists, angel investors, incubator heads, lawyers, and other necessary cogs in the ecosystem trying to get some details about it.
Tweets: @davepell and @ponystasia
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Gives New Mobile Page Ads More Color And Context To Make Every Pixel Count  —  You scrolled right past the old design for Facebook's “Pages You Might Like” mobile ads.  Too much gray, not enough description.  But they just got updated to show colorful banners and explain what a business does.
More: Inside FacebookThanks:@ryanlawler
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
Tweets: @flyosity

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16-year-old uses Windows 8 to reconnect after being sidelined by a rare disorder  —  Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects Alejandra Tristan's wrist, finger and other joints, making it difficult for her to do schoolwork and connect through social media.
Intel:
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