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November 30, 2012, 10:25 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.
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.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
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 …
BBC:
Facebook given 72 hours to remove paedophile monitoring page  —  A convicted sex offender has won a High Court order for the removal of a Facebook page set up to monitor paedophiles in Northern Ireland.  —  A judge ruled some content amounted to prima facie harassment of the man and risked infringing his human rights.
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.
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) …
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.
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 …
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.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Apple begins selling unlocked iPhone 5 in the US, starting from $649  —  It's that special time of the year... that is, when Apple decides to unfetter the iPhone for US shoppers.  The Cupertino crew has quietly started selling the iPhone 5 in an unlocked, off-contract form that will work on GSM …
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.
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.
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.
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
A T-Mobile iPhone next week?  Unlikely.  T-Mo isn't ready  —  A Merrill Lynch analyst is hearing buzz that Apple could make the dreams of millions of T-Mobile customers come true next week by announcing the availability of its iconic smartphone on the nation's fourth largest - and so far iPhone-less - carrier, Fortune reports.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Judge says “no fundamental right to use Facebook,” tosses antitrust case  —  A federal judge ruled that Facebook has the right to exclude users if they install a program that alters the look of its website and swaps out its ad offerings.  —  In a ruling issued Thursday in San Diego …

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