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November 29, 2012, 3:40 PM

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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.
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
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.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
iTunes 11 finally available for download, features redesigned interface and increased iCloud support  —  Apple gave a sneak peek at iTunes 11 back at September's iPhone 5 event, and the software will finally make its way to consumers today.  The new iTunes features a sleek, streamlined interface …
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Microsoft's Surface Pro will be $899 for 64GB and $999 for 128GB models, as predicted  —  Earlier in the year we brought you the news that Microsoft's surface pricing would run in the $999 range.  Now, Microsoft has confirmed the pricing in a post by Surface GM Panos Panay.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Basis Science reveals its health-tracking wristwatch and fitness web service  —  Fitness tracking devices have invaded our lives, seeking to quench our thirst for data about whether we're healthy or not.  But Basis Science is hoping to create the mother of all devices with the unveiling today …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Hack could let browsers use cloud to carry out big attacks on the cheap  —  Enlarge / An overview of a browser-based exploit that abuses cloud services.  —  Vasant Tendulkar et al.  —  Scientists have devised a browser-based exploit that allows them to carry out large-scale computations …
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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 …
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 …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Confirmed: LivingSocial Slashes 400 Jobs in Attempt at Profitability  —  LivingSocial, the second-largest daily deals company in the U.S., has confirmed it is laying off 400 employees, or about 10 percent of its workforce, as it tries to turn a profit.  —  A spokesman confirmed that employees received the news this morning.
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.
More: PandoDaily
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 …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
First Look At The Scanadu SCOUT, A Gadget To Bring Your Vital Sign Data To Your Smartphone  —  It was a year ago that Scanadu first came on the scene after raising some $2 million for a very interesting idea: Bringing the ability to monitor and track your body's vital signs to a portable …
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.

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