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November 29, 2012, 10:15 AM

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Leo Kelion / BBC:
Tony Fadell: From iPod father to thermostat start-up  —  Father of the iPod  —  Tony Fadell on changes at Apple, Nest and doubts about Kickstarter
Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Eddy Cue: Apple's Rising Mr. Fix-It  —  As Chief Executive Tim Cook shifts executive responsibilities around at Apple Inc., Eddy Cue is emerging as one of the biggest beneficiaries.  —  A member of Apple's old guard, the 23-year company veteran rose through the ranks as co-founder Steve Jobs's right-hand man …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Obama opposes Silicon Valley firms on immigration reform  —  White House announcement before congressional vote on STEM Jobs Act puts president in opposition to many of the Silicon Valley firms and executives who bankrolled his re-election campaign.  —  President Obama opposes …
Paul Mozur / China Real Time Report:
No VPN?  No Problem.  A New Way Around China's Great Firewall … A key method for circumventing China's Internet filters, virtual private networks have come into the crosshairs of the government lately.  During the 18th Party Congress earlier this month many faced blockages …
Ryan Tate / Wired:
How Facebook's Top Engineer Is Trying to Read Your Mind  —  It's been a great year for the Facebook platform, but Mike Vernal wants more.  Facebook's director of engineering tells us the social network is trying to pump up user posts, favoring longer stories and content and adding data …
Rick Falkvinge / Falkvinge on Infopolicy:
Free Market Failure: Telcos Charge More For Sending A Text Next Door Than Cost Of Sending Data From Mars  —  Infrastructure: The telco industry charges more, kilobyte by kilobyte, for sending a text message from your phone to next door than what it costs to send the same message from Mars to Earth.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Millennial: Apple Still Leads Samsung In Overall Impressions, But Android Dominates iOS With 52% Share  —  Leading mobile ad network Millennial Media today released ist Q3 Mobile Mix report, and it would appear that Apple has kept its lead as top manufacturer on the platform, with the top device being the iPhone.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
C. Custer / Tech in Asia:
In Retribution for Huawei Investigation, Chinese State Media is Going After Cisco  —  Earlier today I wrote about an interesting if misleading report in the state-owned and state-run magazine China Economy and Informatization.  Though light on facts, the article takes US tech companies …
Eric Johnson / AllThingsD:
Google, Government Reps Warn Against Internet Regulation Summit  —  If you've ever found yourself at a panel of academics, you know the drill: Really smart people, differing viewpoints, respectful bickering, free sandwiches, aaaand scene.  —  That said, at a panel yesterday on the campus …
More: CNET and Telegraph
BBC:
Piracy site Newzbin2 gives up and closes 15 months after block  —  Newzbin originally claimed it was unaffected by the block as it offered workarounds  —  Newzbin2, once one of the web's most popular sites offering links to pirated content, has decided to close.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Syria Has Disappeared From The Internet  —  A few hours ago, Syria, the middle eastern country in the middle of an especially bloody civil war, disappeared from the Internet.  —  The research firm Renesys, which keeps track of the status and health of the technical underpinnings …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
NPD: U.S. Windows Device Sales Down 21% On Last Year; Windows 8 Tablet Sales “Almost Non-Existent”  —  Microsoft earlier this week made a point of noting that there have been 40 million downloads of Windows 8 since it launched a month ago, putting it ahead of where Windows 7 was at the same point in its sales cycle.

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