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November 28, 2012, 8:30 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 …
Dena Aubin / Reuters:
Audit firms sued in HP's Autonomy acquisition  —  (Reuters) - A new shareholder lawsuit over Hewlett-Packard's acquisition of British software firm Autonomy has named Big Four audit firms Deloitte and KPMG as defendants, alleging they missed numerous red flags about Autonomy's accounting.
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.
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: @davemcclure
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 …
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 …
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
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
iPad And Android Tablet Market Share Margin Narrows Much Faster Than Originally Predicted  —  Apple continued to win out in terms of tablet market share this past quarter, according to the latest figures from ABI Research, with a 55 percent share of all shipments during the period.
George Avalos / Mercury News:
Apple expands into Santa Clara  —  SANTA CLARA — Apple (AAPL) is planting its flag in Santa Clara in a big way for the first time during the technology giant's current shopping spree for new offices, agreeing to occupy a site where Apple could locate 1,200 or more workers.
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 …
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.
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 …
Liz Tay / iTnews:
CommBank unveils Facebook banking  —  Targets ‘profound’ peer-to-peer payment market.  —  The Commonwealth Bank has developed a Facebook version of its Kaching mobile app, allowing customers to make and request payments from within the social network.  —  The Facebook application …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Flurry: China On Track To Top U.S. iOS And Android Install Base By Q1 2013  —  Mobile analytics and ad company Flurry today released a new report examining the global growth of the smartphone ecosystem, including which countries have the largest install base, which are growing the quickest …

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