December 1, 2012, 12:40 PM

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James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Could It Happen In Your Country?  —  How hard is it to disconnect a country from the Internet, really?  —  That's the number one question we've received about our analysis of the Egyptian and Syrian Internet blackouts, and it's a reasonable question.  If the Internet is so famously resilient …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Syria Rebels Find Skype Useful, but Dangers Lurk  —  In a demonstration of their growing sophistication and organization, Syrian rebels responded to a nationwide shutdown of the Internet by turning to satellite technology to coordinate within the country and to communicate with outside activists.
Damaster /
Exclusive: Microsoft bringing cloud music player to  —  Rumors about Microsoft bringing a cloud music playing to SkyDrive had been floating around for a long time.  Back in May 2011 when Microsoft first announced Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango”, we reported on some indications that …
John Callaham / Neowin:
Microsoft launches web-based Windows 8 app creator  —  Before now, if a person wanted to make an app for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8, the usual way is to program and create the app with a PC and associated development tools.  Today, Microsoft announced that its research division has come …
More: MSDN Blogs
Ryan Tate / Wired:
Zynga Stock Dives as Facebook Keeps Backing Away  —  Zynga shares are down 7 percent after the social-games maker and Facebook announced they are all but ending their special relationship.  Facebook can develop its own games if it chooses to do so, and Zynga can now host its games …
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
FB shares close at $28, highest since July  —  Facebook shares closed today at $28, up more than 16 percent this week and hitting a new high not seen since July.  —  Shares have been on the rise now that major lockup periods have passed and a number of analysts have improved their ratings for the stock.
More: ETF DAILY NEWS and ForbesTweets: @lexnfx
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
White House draft cyber order adds changes to mollify tech industry  —  The White House has incorporated changes into its draft cybersecurity executive order that attempts to smooth over concerns raised by the high tech industry.  —  The latest set of edits come after White House officials …
More: Techdirt and Politico
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Cinemagram Raises $8.5M Led by Menlo Ventures  —  Have you heard that VCs are taking more of a wait-and-see approach to investing in fast-growing mobile apps so they don't find themselves plunging into a Draw Something or a Viddy just in time for the downslope?  —  Well, not all of them.
More: TechCrunchThanks:@ryanm

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