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September 30, 2012, 10:40 PM

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Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Kindle Paperwhite review  —  Amazon's fastest, most feature-packed e-reader hits a crowded market with a few new moves under its belt  —  I was looking forward to the review of the Kindle Paperwhite for one simple reason: I would finally have an excuse to read more.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
How a rogue appeals court wrecked the patent system  —  In 1972, the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals (CCPA) got a new chief judge named Thomas Markey.  At Markey's investiture ceremony, patent attorney Donald Drunner spoke of the “anguish of the patent bar about the treatment of patents in various federal courts.”
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Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
The Case for Abolishing Patents (Yes, All of Them)  —  Our patent system is a mess.  It's a fount of expensive litigation that allows aging companies to linger around by bullying their more innovative competitors in court.  —  Critics have suggested plenty of reasonable reforms …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Simon Cowell And Will.i.am Are Teaming Up To Create An X Factor To Find The Next Mark Zuckerberg  —  Simon Cowell is on the hunt for the next Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates.  According to The Sun, the former American Idol and current X Factor judge is teaming up with Black Eyed Peas rapper …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Unannounced Slingbox 350 & 500 Hit Best Buy  —  Whoa!  I hit Best Buy looking for this unannounced Logitech Harmony Touch... but, instead, stumbled upon a pair of unannounced Slingboxes.  To put these new products in perspective, the last significant retail Slingbox hardware refresh …
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Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Meg Whitman's Toughest Campaign: Retooling H.P.  —  IT'S not as easy being Meg Whitman as Meg Whitman might have expected.  —  At 56, Ms. Whitman, the eBay billionaire who spent a fortune unsuccessfully trying to become the governor of California, has found her Act III.
More: NYT BitsTweets: @digiphile and @lessien
John D. Stoll / Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Seals Mapping Deal With Oracle  —  Nokia Corp., looking to increase use of its mapping software, will unveil a new deal with Oracle Corp. intended to give Oracle's stable of customers access to Nokia's growing vault of map data and location services.  —  The deal, set to be announced Monday …
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Microsoft: 'To fill 6,000 jobs, we'll pay $10K per visa'  —  Plus $15K for green cards - other companies could buy in, as well  —  Microsoft has entered the US immigration debate with a novel proposal for expanding the number of visas available for foreign techies: have companies pay …
Technology Review:
PlaceRaider: The Military Smartphone Malware Designed to Steal Your Life  —  The US Naval Surface Warfare Center has created an Android app that secretly records your environment and reconstructs it as a 3D virtual model for a malicious user to browse  —  The power of modern smartphones is one of the technological wonders of our age.

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