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November 29, 2012, 10:30 AM

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Leo Kelion / BBC:
Tony Fadell: From iPod father to thermostat start-up  —  Father of the iPod  —  Tony Fadell on changes at Apple, Nest and doubts about Kickstarter
Wall Street Journal:
Dell, Intel in Talks for Stake in Sharp  —  TOKYO—Sharp Corp. is in discussions with U.S. technology companies to bolster its battered balance sheet and has offered a stake to Dell Inc., among others, in return for a stable supply of breakthrough display technology, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Eddy Cue: Apple's Rising Mr. Fix-It  —  As Chief Executive Tim Cook shifts executive responsibilities around at Apple Inc., Eddy Cue is emerging as one of the biggest beneficiaries.  —  A member of Apple's old guard, the 23-year company veteran rose through the ranks as co-founder Steve Jobs's right-hand man …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Silicon Valley, Technology Talent Gap Threatens G.O.P. Campaigns  —  SAN FRANCISCO - I live in Brooklyn, where President Obama won 81 percent of the vote earlier this month.  It's hard to find anywhere in the country that is more Democratic-leaning.  —  But San Francisco qualifies.
Paul Mozur / China Real Time Report:
No VPN?  No Problem.  A New Way Around China's Great Firewall … A key method for circumventing China's Internet filters, virtual private networks have come into the crosshairs of the government lately.  During the 18th Party Congress earlier this month many faced blockages …
Ryan Tate / Wired:
How Facebook's Top Engineer Is Trying to Read Your Mind  —  It's been a great year for the Facebook platform, but Mike Vernal wants more.  Facebook's director of engineering tells us the social network is trying to pump up user posts, favoring longer stories and content and adding data …
More: ValueWalk
Rick Falkvinge / Falkvinge on Infopolicy:
Free Market Failure: Telcos Charge More For Sending A Text Next Door Than Cost Of Sending Data From Mars  —  Infrastructure: The telco industry charges more, kilobyte by kilobyte, for sending a text message from your phone to next door than what it costs to send the same message from Mars to Earth.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Syria Has Disappeared From The Internet  —  A few hours ago, Syria, the middle eastern country in the middle of an especially bloody civil war, disappeared from the Internet.  —  The research firm Renesys, which keeps track of the status and health of the technical underpinnings …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Millennial: Apple Still Leads Samsung In Overall Impressions, But Android Dominates iOS With 52% Share  —  Leading mobile ad network Millennial Media today released ist Q3 Mobile Mix report, and it would appear that Apple has kept its lead as top manufacturer on the platform, with the top device being the iPhone.
C. Custer / Tech in Asia:
In Retribution for Huawei Investigation, Chinese State Media is Going After Cisco  —  Earlier today I wrote about an interesting if misleading report in the state-owned and state-run magazine China Economy and Informatization.  Though light on facts, the article takes US tech companies …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
BBC:
Piracy site Newzbin2 gives up and closes 15 months after block  —  Newzbin originally claimed it was unaffected by the block as it offered workarounds  —  Newzbin2, once one of the web's most popular sites offering links to pirated content, has decided to close.
Eric Johnson / AllThingsD:
Google, Government Reps Warn Against Internet Regulation Summit  —  If you've ever found yourself at a panel of academics, you know the drill: Really smart people, differing viewpoints, respectful bickering, free sandwiches, aaaand scene.  —  That said, at a panel yesterday on the campus …
More: CNET and Telegraph
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Chill.com takes a page from Lous CK, starts selling DRM-free content  —  Los Angeles-based Chill.com launched a DRM-free content marketplace for independent creators on Thursday, letting content owners sell streams and HD downloads of their movies, live comedy recordings and other types of videos directly to consumers.
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
The Series A crunch is hitting now.  Have we even noticed?  —  I've been hearing about the so-called Series A Crunch for at least six months, and in recent weeks, I've spoken with more than 20 venture capitalists, angel investors, incubator heads, lawyers, and other necessary cogs in the ecosystem trying to get some details about it.

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