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Today's e-Reads: Fuel Shortages Contribute to Post-Sandy Communications Blackouts

East Coast communications networks are coming back to life after taking a pounding from Hurricane Sandy, but many cell phone towers are still out of operation, and fuel for the emergency generators that deliver backup power is hard to come by, the Washington Post reports.

The Federal Trade Commission staff is recommending that the agency sue Google for antitrust violations arising from its alleged efforts to prevent competitors from using essential smartphone patents, Bloomberg reports.

Russia's website filtering and monitoring law went into effect on Tuesday. Among other things, it subjects all Russians who use the Internet to monitoring via a technology called deep packet inspection, which logs online activity down to the content of e-mails, Wired reports.

Microsoft is working on its own smartphone design, according to information from the company's parts suppliers, the Wall Street Journal reports.

MIT's Devavrat Shah says he's designed an algorithm that can predict popular Twitter topics before they trend on the network, GigaOM reports.

Google is looking to keep internal business information secret in an upcoming patent case against Microsoft, Reuters reports, including specific information on royalty deals with Google-owned Motorola.

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