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AllThingsD Week in Review: Wearable Computing Comes to Clothes, and Yahoos Hate Yahoo Mail

The fiery activated threads are a visualization; the clothing won't literally turn the wearer into a girl on fire.In case you missed anything, here’s a quick roundup of some of the news that powered AllThingsD this week:

  1. Change is hard for many, but the latest iteration of Yahoo Mail has collected a chorus of complainers — including quite a few Yahoo employees, only 25 percent of whom have heeded management pleas to switch away from Outlook.
  2. Nokia’s first phablet, the Lumia 1520, boasts a six-inch full-HD display and a 20-megapixel camera. In All Things Reviewed, Bonnie Cha found it to be “a solid phablet” with “fast performance and good battery life,” but that, like other phablets, it can be cumbersome to handle.
  3. What’s next for wearable devices? They’re already on our wrists, but what about activity trackers in our clothes? That’s the idea behind a startup called Athos, but there are still plenty of unanswered questions about how to turn that idea into a consumer-friendly reality.
  4. Black Friday has once again come and gone, but some of the deals on videogame consoles that rolled out on Thursday and Friday are still available today. This buyer’s guide explains the differences among all the different types of consoles, and which games work with which systems.
  5. If you did line up for doorbuster deals on Black Friday yesterday, though, you might have wasted your valuable time, according to one business school professor. Sorry!
  6. According to teardowns by research firm IHS, both of the big new gaming consoles are only barely profitable. Last week, we learned that Sony’s $399 PlayStation 4 costs $381 to build. This week, it was Microsoft’s turn; the $499 Xbox One similarly costs $471, according to the teardown.
  7. As AllThingsD reported it would, Yahoo this week announced that Katie Couric would become its “global news anchor.” Details about the hiring were scant, but, like many other media stars, Couric has a long history of dipping her toe into the online space.
  8. Apple lost its antitrust e-book trial over the summer. Part of its punishment? Paying for a court-appointed “compliance monitor,” whose $1,100-per-hour fees and demands for corporate access are making Cupertino very unhappy.
  9. The law firm Morrison & Foerster recently surveyed around 200 senior tech executives and other dealmakers about the pace of mergers and acquisitions, and their results suggest that M&A might see a surge in 2014.
  10. Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Microsoft’s enterprise chief Satya Nadella are still the insider favorites as the software giant looks for someone to replace outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer. But more than a dozen tech leaders outside Microsoft, as well as some high-ranking folks within, told Kara Swisher this week that former Skype boss Tony Bates might be the dark horse to watch out for.

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