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November 29, 2012, 2:50 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
George Avalos / Mercury News:
Apple expands into Santa Clara  —  SANTA CLARA — Apple (AAPL) is planting its flag in Santa Clara in a big way for the first time during the technology giant's current shopping spree for new offices, agreeing to occupy a site where Apple could locate 1,200 or more workers.
More: The Next Web and TUAWThanks:@mercbizbreak
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 …
More: Betabeat
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.

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