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November 30, 2012, 5:35 AM

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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 …
More: Google+ and The Next WebTweets: @google
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:
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.
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.
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 …
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) …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.

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