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November 30, 2012, 5:00 AM

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Miscellaneous Thoughts and Observations on iTunes 11  —  There are redesigns and there are redesigns.  This one's the real deal.  It's not a rewrite though.  Clearly, in its heart, under the hood, this is still the same iTunes.  It's what you see (at least in the main window; see below) that's all new.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Matthew Prince / CloudFlare blog:
How Syria Turned Off the Internet  —  Today, 29 November 2012, between 1026 and 1029 (UTC), all traffic from Syria to the rest of the Internet stopped.  At CloudFlare, we witnessed the drop off.  We've spent the morning studying the situation to understand what happened.
The Seattle Times:
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.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
After Deal Changes With Zynga, Facebook Could Now Make Its Own Games  —  Could Facebook delve into the game-making business?  —  According to documents filed with the SEC, it's possible.  —  Facebook and gaming giant Zynga revised their long-standing contract agreements on Thursday …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Zynga Loosens Its Deal With Facebook: No Longer Tied To Facebook Ad Units, Credits, Or Exclusivity  —  Zynga just filed a document with the SEC outlining new terms in its agreement with Facebook.  Overall, it seems that Zynga and Facebook establishing a little more distance and flexibility …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The cost of selling Galaxies  —  In the post “Google vs. Samsung” I compared the profits of Google and Samsung Electronics' mobile (aka Telecoms) division.  It showed how Samsung has grown its mobile business to such a degree that, if sustained, could conceivably influence the way Android is controlled.
More: Guardian and Fortune
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Scoop: Key pricing and launch details of Redbox Instant revealed  —  The online video joint venture Redbox Instant by Verizon is set to launch sometime before the end of the year.  The service is currently being tested in private beta, and Verizon and Redbox have kept mum on some key details.
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Voice calls over 4G LTE networks are battery killers  —  Every mobile carrier wants to replace their old voice services with new VoIP-based systems utilizing their 4G networks, but it looks like they've got some big kinks to iron out in the technology first.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Plan Next Xbox Console for 2013 Holiday Season  —  The Halo 4 game by Xbox 360 was launched on Nov. 6, 2012.  The next version of Microsoft's Xbox video-game machine is scheduled to be available for the holiday season in 2013.  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S., Europe Antitrust Chiefs to Huddle on Google  —  The top U.S. and European antitrust officials leading separate probes of Google Inc. are set to meet in Europe next week, according to people familiar with the matter, amid indications that the two investigations may not conclude at the same time.
More: CNET
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Atari celebrates 40 years of Pong with new, free iOS Pong game, custom portable Xbox 360  —  Atari's celebrating 40 years of arcade classic Pong today by releasing ... another version of Pong.  Pong World is being dubbed “the first-ever official new Pong game on iOS” (despite our search …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Google Play's revenue rises by 311%, but Apple's App Store sees 4 times more sales, study says  —  In the inaugural study released by app analytics firm, App Annie Intelligence, data shows that, worldwide, the Apple store is seeing revenues four times larger than the Google Play store …
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Peter Thiel And Existing Investors Put Another $49 Million In Accounting Software Company Xero  —  Paypal co-fouder Peter Thiel, along with existing investors, has invested $49 million in Xero, the online accounting software for small businesses.  —  It is Thiel's third investment in Xero.
Mike Senese / Wired:
Staples Announces In-Store 3-D Printing Service  —  Pretty soon you'll be able to print your 3-D projects at the local Staples.  —  A new service called “Staples Easy 3D” will allow customers to upload their designs to Staples' website, then pick up the printed objects at their local office supply megastore …
More: VentureBeat and MashableTweets: @howardlindzon
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Groupon says Mason remains CEO, shares slide  —  (Reuters) - Andrew Mason will remain CEO of Groupon Inc (GRPN.O), a company spokesman said on Thursday after the board of directors decided to retain the company co-founder as head of the struggling online marketer of daily deals.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Apptopia Mobile App Bazaar Gains Momentum  —  So you've built the mobile app, and you've got a bunch of people using it, but it's no Instagram.  Now what?  It's not as easy to raise Series A funding as it used to be, and mobile apps are a tough, hits-driven business.

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Igloo:
All the coding ladies  —  Much has been said about women in technology this week as a result of Barbie once again, letting down the female population (or more appropriately, humankind as a whole) …
 

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