November 29, 2012, 7:50 AM

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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Hoang Nguyen / YouTube Blog:
YouTube automatic captions now in six European languages  —  Captions are important to make sure everyone—including deaf, hard-of-hearing, and viewers who speak other languages—can enjoy videos on YouTube.  —  In 2009, you first saw a feature that automatically creates captions on YouTube videos …
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Google's Horowitz: Facebook is social network of the past  —  Google+ chief Bradley Horowitz says ads in the Facebook social feed are like sandwich boards — there's no context.  But when you're searching on Google and a friend recommends something, that matters more.
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 …
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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 …
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
CloudFlare Now Uses Authy's Two-Factor Authentication To Keep Its Users Safe  —  CloudFlare, the popular website security and CDN service, suffered an embarrassing security breach earlier this year when the company's CEO's Gmail account was hijacked, giving the hacktivist group UGNazi access to a customer's account and the service.
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 …

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