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October 1, 2012, 10:35 PM

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Robert Beckhusen / Wired:
3-D Printer Company Seizes Machine From Desktop Gunsmith  —  Cody Wilson planned in the coming weeks to make and test a 3-D printed pistol.  Now those plans have been put on hold as desktop-manufacturing company Stratasys pulled the lease on a printer rented out for Wiki Weapon …
Keith Andrew / Pocket Gamer.biz:
Is Apple clamping down on third-party app promotion services?  —  Guidelines point to promo app update block Media attention may have been focused on the launches of iPhone 5 and iOS6 - including the subsequent ‘MapGate’ and ‘ScuffGate’ backlashes - but it appears Apple itself has turned its attention to the art of app promotion.
Tim Mak / Politico:
White House confirms cyberattack  —  The White House confirmed but sought to downplay a report by a conservative website on Sunday that it had been the victim of a cyberattack, volunteering to POLITICO that no harm had been done.  —  The Washington Free Beacon reported that Chinese hackers …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Passes Microsoft's Market Value as PC Loses to Web  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) has surpassed Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) to become the world's second-largest technology company, in another sign of the expanding ability of the Internet to facilitate computing tasks once completed on desktop machines.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Removes Chomp Website and App, Shuts Down Existing App Installs  —  Following the introduction of the new Chomp-styled App Store layout in iOS 6, built upon Apple's acquisition of the app search and discovery platform earlier this year, Apple over the weekend shut down the standalone Chomp service.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
David Talbot / Technology Review:
Hey, Apple: Mapping Takes More Work than You Think  —  Apple's apology suggests it may underestimate how much effort is needed to build a great map app.  —  In response to scathing criticism over its new Maps app for mobile devices, Apple CEO Tim Cook last week apologized and admitted that the company …
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
AT&T undercuts Verizon with $65 prepaid smartphone plan  —  AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) is introducing a new $65 prepaid plan with unlimited voice, texting and 1 GB of data, undercutting rival Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and bringing its pricing closer to more traditional no-contract offerings.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Poor pre-launch showing plagues Windows 8  —  Now five times less likely to be on a PC than early-adoption benchmark set by Windows 7  —  With just weeks before the public launch of Windows 8, users are five times less likely to be running the new OS than they were Windows 7 at the same point …
More: Computerworld and BGR
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Judge Koh dissolves sales ban on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1  —  Samsung has been pushing for the preliminary injunction on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be lifted ever since Apple won its $1.049 billion victory, and today it got its wish: Judge Lucy Koh has dissolved the US sales ban on the tablet.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Judge decries “excessive” copyright and software patent protections  —  Richard Posner, the federal judge who threw out the entire Apple v. Motorola patent battle in June, has penned a new blog post complaining about the proliferation of patents.  “I am concerned that both patent and copyright protection …
Shalini Ramachandran / WSJ:
Google Rivals in Kansas City Want the Same Incentives  —  To entice Google Inc. to build its ultra-high-speed fiber network there, Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., offered the Internet company sweeteners including several free or discounted city services.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple and Virgin Mobile USA Planning to Launch iPhone 5, But Timeframe Unknown  —  While the three major U.S iPhone carriers launched the iPhone 5 on September 21 and prepaid carrier Cricket and a number of regional carriers followed suit on September 28, one U.S. brand has been curiously silent …
Julia Boorstin / Media Money:
Where Facebook Is Looking to Grow: COO Sheryl Sandberg  —  For the first time since Facebook's IPO, COO Sheryl Sandberg sat down for an exclusive interview to talk about what's happened since the social network went public, and where she's taking the company next.  —  Facebook's IPO Disaster & Stock Slide
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Seattle Police Department Uses Twitter to Report Crime  —  SEATTLE — The business of policing, as cops have known since at least the first bobbies on the beat, is partly about being seen on the job, having a local presence, even if it is just twirling a baton down the avenue.
Tweets: @kennygw and @elyseyates
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
AOL Finally Lands on YouTube  —  Want to be big in online video?  It helps if people can see your stuff on the world's biggest video site.  —  So that's what Tim Armstrong is going to do: After years of keeping its clips off YouTube, AOL is finally going to start distributing its video on Google's site, via 22 branded “channels.”
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Security Flaw Lets Hackers Steal Twitter Accounts  —  “People should be changing their passwords,” says a victim whose account was hacked — and even put up for sale.  —  On Saturday, multimedia producer and Twitter user Daniel Dennis Jones — @blanket, at the time — received a notification that his Twitter password had been reset.

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