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November 30, 2012, 11:05 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.
Lee Hutchinson / Ars Technica:
21" iMac teardown shows newly rearranged innards  —  Tight packaging means design changes over previous model.  —  Image from Kodawarisan  —  The redesigned slimmer 21" iMac has gone on sale on the web and at Apple stores, and Japanese Apple enthusiast site Kodawarisan has what appears …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iTunes — It Goes To 11.  (In Design, If Not Performance.)  —  Yes, that headline.  Obvious.  But appropriate.  —  Yes, after much delay (about a month), iTunes 11 is here today.  And yes, it is one of the biggest overhauls of the media management service yet.  Perhaps the biggest.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Baidu's language R&D centre brings voice unlocking to new Lenovo phone in first product launch  —  Chinese search giant Baidu's new language research centre in Singapore is releasing its first consumer-facing technology after it announced its speaker verification technology is embedded in Lenovo's latest Chinese smartphone.
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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.
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.

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