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November 30, 2012, 1:55 AM

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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:
iTunes 11 finally available for download, features redesigned interface and increased iCloud support  —  Apple gave a sneak peek at iTunes 11 back at September's iPhone 5 event, and the software will finally make its way to consumers today.  The new iTunes features a sleek, streamlined interface …
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
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.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
After Deal Changes With Zynga, Facebook Could Now Make Its Own Games  —  Could Facebook delve into the game-making business?  —  According to documents filed with the SEC, it's possible.  —  Facebook and gaming giant Zynga revised their long-standing contract agreements on Thursday …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
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.
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.
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
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Confirmed: LivingSocial Slashes 400 Jobs in Attempt at Profitability  —  LivingSocial, the second-largest daily deals company in the U.S., has confirmed it is laying off 400 employees, or about 10 percent of its workforce, as it tries to turn a profit.  —  A spokesman confirmed that employees received the news this morning.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
In annual ritual, AT&T declared worst wireless service  —  Each year, Consumer Reports surveys some 60,000 cell phone subscribers to find out which service providers are the best and worst.  AT&T is on a real hot streak in these rankings—a hot streak of finishing dead last in customer satisfaction.
Wall Street Journal:
Leveson Report Urges ‘Self-Regulation’ of U.K. Press  —  Law Is Sought to Underpin ‘Self-Regulation’  —  LONDON—After an exhaustive examination of British press ethics, a U.K. judge issued a withering assessment of some media practices and urged Parliament to pass a law creating …
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 …
More: MashableTweets: @howardlindzon
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
ITC staff supports judge's preliminary finding that Samsung infringes four Apple patents  —  On October 24, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) of the International Trade Commission (ITC), a quasi-judicial agency that can impose import bans on patent-infringing products, made an initial determination …
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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