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November 30, 2012, 4:45 PM

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Matt Hartley / Financial Post:
Google snaps up Waterloo startup BufferBox  —  BufferBox Inc. is moving on up to Google Inc. Quite literally.  —  That's because home base for the team behind the Waterloo, Ont.-based startup — which includes founders Mike McCauley, Aditya Bali and Jay Shah — is currently the VeloCity Garage inside …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Waterloo-Based E-Commerce Startup, Amazon Locker Competitor And YC Graduate BufferBox  —  Google today announced their acquisition of YC alumni BufferBox, a Waterloo-based startup that specializes in providing users with temporary lockers for to receive delivery of packages from online e-commerce retailers.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Apple iMac and Mac mini review (late 2012)  —  From its smallest desktop to its largest, Apple's computers get a 2012 refresh  —  As soon as it was unveiled on stage in October, I started looking forward to getting the new iMac in for review.  See, my main machine is a 13-inch MacBook Air, which I mostly love.
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 …
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 …
Mike Hibberd / Telecoms.com:
Apple vetting operators on LTE network performance  —  Apple is vetting networks before allowing operators to offer the iPhone 5 as an LTE device  —  Apple is not allowing mobile operators to offer the iPhone 5 as an LTE device unless they pass the Californian vendor's own …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple introduces variable cost iTunes Gift Cards to third party retailers for the holidays  —  Rolling out to your favorite supermarket or retail store this holiday season are new Apple iTunes gift cards that can be bought in any denomination between $15 and $500.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google reactivates Speak2Tweet for Syrian Internet cutoff  —  A service to broadcast voice messages over Twitter is back up and running as Google tries to sidestep Syria's Net blackout — but it might not work so well with curtailed Syrians phone services.  —  Google and Twitter have restarted …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Fab Has Its First Million-Dollar Day; Sold More Than $6.5M Worth Of Products This Past Week  —  Design-focused e-commerce site Fab released a number of data this morning, and it's impressive to say the least.  Fab has sold more than $6.5 million worth of product this past week, up from $1.7 million during the same period last year.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Productivity App Evernote Gets Another $85M, ~$64M In Secondary Financing, Led By London's AGC Equity  —  Evernote, the personal data and productivity app that now has over 45 million users, is today announcing it has raised another $85 million, with 75% of that, $63.75 million, in the form of a secondary investment.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook launches Photo Sync automatic picture uploading feature for Android and iOS  —  Facebook on Friday announced it is rolling out photo sync, a feature that makes it easier to share photos from your phone.  If you turn it on, up to 2GB of photos from your phone can be synced automatically …
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.
Reuters:
Insight: How a desperate HP suspended disbelief for Autonomy deal  —  (Reuters) - For Leo Apotheker, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, a July 2011 meeting with Autonomy founder Mike Lynch at a chic seaside resort in France was pivotal to his effort to remake a storied technology giant.
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) …
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 …
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.
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David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
New Verisign deal blocks .com price hikes  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Verisign, the operator of the .com domain name registry for the World Wide Web, will be forbidden from regularly raising registration prices over the next six years.  —  The company renewed its contract with the U.S. Commerce Department …
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.
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iTunes 11 now allows you to redeem gift cards using your computer's camera  —  Awesome touch in the new iTunes 11 iTunes Store: Apple will now allow you to redeem iTunes gift cards using your computer's camera.  It seems like a new type of Apple gift card will be required.

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