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November 29, 2012, 1:15 PM

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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
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Merrill Lynch: T-Mobile USA may get the iPhone next week  —  The deal would give Apple access to 33 million more mobile subscribers  —  FORTUNE — It was only last week that Jim Alling, COO of T-Mobile USA, poured cold water on speculation that his company might finally start selling Apple's (AAPL) iPhones to its 33 million customers.
Wall Street Journal:
Dell, Intel in Talks for Stake in Sharp  —  TOKYO—Sharp Corp. is in discussions with U.S. technology companies to bolster its battered balance sheet and has offered a stake to Dell Inc., among others, in return for a stable supply of breakthrough display technology, according to people familiar with the discussions.
PeopleBrowsr Blog:
PeopleBrowsr Wins Temporary Restraining Order Compelling Twitter to Provide Firehose Access  —  PeopleBrowsr and Twitter appeared in San Francisco Superior Court today.  PeopleBrowsr won a restraining order compelling Twitter to provide full Firehose access.
Paul Mozur / Digits:
iPhone 5 Gets China Network Access License  —  Looks like Apple Inc.'s iPhone 5 may be coming to China soon.  —  According to a regulatory website, an Apple device resembling the iPhone 5 has received approval for a “network access” license in China.  —  The phone is compatible …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Fantastical: the intelligent iPhone calendar app we've been waiting for is here (hands-on)  —  Can the best Mac calendar app transition to the small screen?  —  I'd consistently heard great things about Fantastical for Mac, but I wouldn't buy it.  I wasn't ready to pay upwards of fifteen dollars …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Caitlin McGarry / PC World:
AT&T still at bottom of Consumer Reports rankings, but boasts best 4G network  —  AT&T held onto its last place position in Consumer Reports' ranking of the four major U.S. cellphone carriers.  But the company can point to one bright spot in the annual ratings published by Consumer Reports Thursday …
AppleInsider:
iPhone 5 supply stabilizes in the U.S. for first time since launch  —  With the lucrative holiday shopping season in full swing, the popular iPhone 5 handset is now readily available in the U.S. at Apple's brick-and-mortar retail stores as the company has apparently overcome supply issues experienced since …
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 …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft takes on Internet Explorer's haters in yet another biting video  —  Microsoft has produced a number of videos that highlight persistent negative opinion of its Internet Explorer product among certain groups of technology folks, often with a mocking tone, used to indicate …
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
HealthTap buys Q&A site Avvo Health to bulk up its community of online doctors  —  In a move that will nearly double its network of doctors available to answer patients' questions online, Palo Alto-based HealthTap is acquiring Q&A site Avvo Health.  —  The acquisition, which is HealthTap's …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Groupon CEO Andrew Mason Was Just Put In A Bizarre Situation — And There's Really Only One Way It Can End  —  Yesterday, three news stories appeared that reported essentially the same thing:  —  Board members at Groupon were discussing firing the company's CEO, Andrew Mason.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Silicon Valley, Technology Talent Gap Threatens G.O.P. Campaigns  —  SAN FRANCISCO - I live in Brooklyn, where President Obama won 81 percent of the vote earlier this month.  It's hard to find anywhere in the country that is more Democratic-leaning.  —  But San Francisco qualifies.
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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Senate Committee passes ECPA bill, which requires warrant to access your emails, Facebook posts  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).  The bill, introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy, will require law enforcement agencies …
More: The Hill and Mashable
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.
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.
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