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November 30, 2012, 8:55 AM

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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:
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:
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Andrew Auernheimer / Wired:
Forget Disclosure — Hackers Should Keep Security Holes to Themselves  —  Editor's Note: The author of this opinion piece, aka “weev,” was found guilty last week of computer intrusion for obtaining the unprotected e-mail addresses of more than 100,000 iPad owners from AT&T's website, and passing them to a journalist.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Tor operator charged for child porn transmitted over his servers  —  Enlarge / A court order served on Austrian Tor operator William Weber.  —  An Austrian operator of Tor servers—that were used to anonymously route huge amounts of traffic over the Internet—has been charged with distributing child pornography.
More: BBC, All Discussions and ZDNetTweets: @csoghoian
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.
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.
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Peter Thiel And Existing Investors Put Another $49 Million In Accounting Software Company Xero  —  PayPal co-founder 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.
Claire Davenport / Reuters:
EU set to fight Internet tax and “spying” at global summit  —  (Reuters) - European Union member states are preparing to fight as a bloc alongside the United States to prevent a move by Russia and countries in Africa to impose a levy on internet traffic and make it easier to track users' activities.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple's iPad Mini, 4th Gen iPad Arrives In China December 7, iPhone 5 Follows December 14  —  Apple has just announced the official release date of the iPad mini, 4th generation iPad and iPhone 5 in China.  The tablets will go on sale next Friday, December 7 in that country …
More: The Next Web and Apple
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
BPI To UK Pirate Party: Shut Down Your Pirate Bay Proxy  —  As soon as the High Court ordered several UK ISPs to block subscriber access to The Pirate Bay earlier this year, the UK Pirate Party launched a proxy service to re-enable access to the site.  —  For millions of UK Internet users …
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.
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.
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) …
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 …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple's new redesigned iMacs go on sale in the US, 21.5-inch models shipping in 1-3 days  —  Announcing earlier in the week that its new iMacs would go on sale at the end of November, Apple has pushed live orders for its new redesigned iMac models in the US but also in Canada and across Europe …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft Surface Pro to have half the Surface RT's battery life  —  Summary: Microsoft has shared not only Surface Pro pricing, but also expected battery-life stats for its Intel-based PC/tablets coming in January.  —  How much does battery life matter to tablet users?  Microsoft may soon find out, first-hand.

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