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November 29, 2012, 10:50 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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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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 …
Reuters:
RIM jumps 10 percent in Toronto trade after Goldman upgrade  —  TORONTO - Shares in Research In Motion Ltd rose more than 10 percent at the open on the Toronto Stock Exchange after Goldman Sachs upgraded the BlackBerry maker's stock to a “buy” from a “neutral” recommendation.  —  Related Topics:
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Owen Williams / Neowin:
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.
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 …
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.
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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