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Cook's basic salary was an agreeable $900,000 last year. He was awarded $376m in restricted stock units which, according to Fortune, depend on Cook's continued employment at Apple over the next 10 years.

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"This partnership means Verified Twitter Accounts can be distributed into a wide range of products and brands – from smart TVs and automotive infotainment systems to cloud music services and smartphones," says Gracenote president Stephen White. Got that? Verified accounts only.

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"Total [US] Album sales were up for the first time since 2004 (1.3%) with sales totaling 330.6 million, compared to 326.2 million in 2010." You have Adele and the internet to thank for that.

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"The ads will be marked “Sponsored” and a rate limit will ensure users see no more than 1 Sponsored Story in the news feed per day. They’ll only feature stories about friends or Pages that users already like. Users won’t be able to opt out of seeing Sponsored Stories in the news feed or having their activity used in them, but they will be able to ‘x’ out individual ads. The ads won’t immediately appear in the mobile news feed, though Facebook is considering the idea as we discussed earlier this month."

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"The acquisition is one of the most expensive for Apple since it acquired NeXT in 1996—15 years ago to the day, in fact—and should cement the company's strategic shift to solid-state flash storage for its products."

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"Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Corp. in recent months flirted with the idea of making a joint bid for Research In Motion Ltd., according to people familiar with the matter." So, we're a couple of steps away from a bidding war?

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"Amazon hired an investment bank this summer to review a potential merger with RIM, but it did not make a formal offer, said one of the sources. It is not clear whether informal discussions between Amazon and RIM ever led to specific price talk, or who else had approached RIM about a takeover."

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"…the main reason laptops need to be put away is to prevent them from becoming high-speed projectiles in the event of an impact or sudden deceleration, and from hampering an evacuation. Your computer is a piece of luggage, and luggage needs to be stowed so it doesn’t kill somebody or get in the way. The same holds for iPads and Kindles. Sure, a book can weigh as much as a Kindle, but this is where the line is drawn."

(Via @jforbes. Great stuf)

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"Tom Kang, Director at Strategy Analytics, said: 'western Europe smartphone sales will reach 117m units in 2012, growing 12% from 105m in 2011. We forecast Microsoft Windows Phone to be the fastest growing major platform next year, doubling its share of the western European smartphone market from 6% in 2011 to 12% in 2012. Increased distribution and marketing support from major hardware partners such as Nokia, Samsung and HTC will help to drive growth for Microsoft.'"

First: Windows Phone has 6% of the western European smartphone market? Second: see Tomi Ahonen's commentary below.

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