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November 12, 2014, 1:50 PM

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Washington Post:
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler signals split with Obama on net neutrality: “I am an independent agency”  —  The FCC weighs breaking with Obama over the future of the Internet  —  President Barack Obama shakes hands with then-nominee for Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
YouTube announces YouTube Music Key subscription service; free invite-only beta starts Monday, will cost $7.99/month after 6 months  —  YouTube announces plans for a subscription music service  —  Ad-free music and music videos starting at $7.99 a month  —  After spending months on revisions …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft shocker: Open-source .NET, free Visual Studio, support for Linux, Mac, Android and iOS … In a major strategy change designed to expand its horizons in the cloud, Microsoft will take its key software development technologies into areas that the company has long considered enemy territory …
Reuters:
Top Yahoo shareholders, unhappy with Marissa Mayer, make direct plea to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong to explore merger  —  Exclusive: Some unhappy Yahoo investors asking AOL for rescue  —  (Reuters) - At least two top-10 Yahoo Inc shareholders are so unhappy with Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's turnaround efforts …
Mary Madden / Pew Internet:
91% of US adults say consumers have lost control over how their personal info is collected and used by companies  —  Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era  —  Summary of Findings  —  Privacy evokes a constellation of concepts for Americans …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Google's ad server suffers global failure, causing millions of ads to disappear from web  —  An unusual glitch struck Google's ad serving tool on Wednesday morning, causing blanks spaces to appear in place of advertisements on websites like BuzzFeed, Time, Forbes and VentureBeat.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Square Eschews Free, Starts $29 Pre-Orders For Chip-Based Card Readers  —  Mobile payments company Square is today kicking off pre-orders for its new chip-based card readers, which were first announced earlier this year and intended to replace the current devices that read cards' magnetic stripes.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Beats Debuts $300 Solo2 Wireless Headphones, First New Product Since Apple Deal Closed  —  Beats by Dre is launching a new pair of headphones today, a Bluetooth-powered wireless version of the Solo2 headset it introduced back in June this year.  The wireless edition was tipped by an FCC document last week …
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Microsoft posts critical patch for huge Windows vulnerability that affects all modern machines  —  Remember Heartbleed?  You know, the exploit in SSL that was so bad it got its own brand?  Microsoft may have an issue of similar scale on its hands with a critical patch issued via Windows Update today.
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Samsung Files Counter-Suit & Patent Infringement Claims Against NVIDIA & Velocity Micro  —  Back in September NVIDIA filed patent infringement complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm.  The crux of the issue being that NVIDIA believes that GPUs from Qualcomm, ARM, and Imagination all violate several of NVIDIA's patents.

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