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October 2, 2012, 12:15 PM

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Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
HTC One X+ official: 1.7GHz quad-core Tegra 3, 64GB, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+  —  Remember HTC's early 2012 Android flagship?  Well, it's back and plus-sized for the tech-savvy masses.  Officially announced today, the One X+ is a minor refresh of the original that debuted at MWC …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung gets Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban lifted, files infringement contentions against iPhone 5  —  At close of business on Monday, Judge Lucy Koh granted Samsung's request to dissolve the preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, following a limited remand by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
“Like Eating Glass”: Sean Parker on Airtime's Bumpy Launch, Exec Departures and More  —  This is how Sean Parker — the famous and sometimes infamous entrepreneur whose legendary credits include Napster, Facebook and Spotify — described how his newest high-profile venture, Airtime, is going so far:
More: CNET, Business Insider and BetabeatTweets: @om
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Nest Learning Thermostat gets refreshed with a slimmer design, improved scheduling features  —  It's been just about a year since former Apple exec Tony Fadell unveiled his newest project, the Nest Learning Thermostat.  At the time, it was notable for being the sexiest thermostat in the history …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Peak Chrome?  Google's browser falls as Firefox, Internet Explorer stay flat  —  Once again, Firefox has maintained its grip on second place, behind Internet Explorer.  And as Chrome falls away, there's now a gap of more than one percentage point between the browsers.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Under Its Original Owners, Webshots Reincarnates as Smile  —  There are two very different ways to look at this story.  First, it's an incredible tale of entrepreneurs founding, selling, buying, selling, and now buying again the very same company: Webshots.
More: PandoDaily and GigaOM
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
TripAdvisor Acquires Wanderfly To Continue Social Travel Push  —  TripAdvisor, a site that offers free guides and reviews for various traveling adventures, has just acquired Wanderfly.  —  TripAdvisor has been slowly but surely integrating more social layers to its platform …
Connie Guglielmo / Forbes:
Untold Stories About Steve Jobs: Friends and Colleagues Share Their Memories  —  We know a lot about Steve Jobs, thanks to his willingess in the last years of his life to share stories with his biographer about what drove him to co-found Apple Inc. and reinvent the PC, music players, phones and tablets.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Justice Dept. to defend warrantless cell phone tracking  —  Prosecutors say Americans have “no privacy interest” in location records revealing minute-to-minute movements of their mobile devices, even when they're not in use.  —  The Obama administration will tell federal judges in New Orleans today …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone 8: what's the big secret?  —  Microsoft's SDK no-show leaves developers frustrated  —  Even though Windows Phone 8 is lined up for a launch event at the end of this month, many members of Microsoft's developer community still don't have access to vital tools needed to bring …
More: BGR, ZDNet and Delimiter
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
More Mobile News Consumers Choosing Web Over Apps  —  Mobile apps were supposed to be the reset button for the news industry.  The last fifteen years have shown how hard it is to get consumers to pay for content on websites or pay attention to ads there.  In the app environment, all that was going to be different.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Announces New “Lightbox” Ad Format: Advertisers Only Pay When Users Expand The Ad  —  At Advertising Week, Google today introduced a new ad format called Lightbox, which is a standard ad unit that expands into a super-sized canvas takeover ad after a user hovers their mouse cursor over the ad.
Mike Shields / Adweek:
The Long Goodbye?  Despite the missteps, Microsoft insists it's still serious about advertising.  The ad world has doubts  —  There was a time not so long ago when Microsoft threw the biggest digital media event of the year.  In 2006, at the company's once-annual but now-defunct Strategic Account Summit …
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 …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Facebook revamps its Help Center to actually give you the answers you want  —  Facebook has just undergone a drastic redesign of one of the most important parts of its site that you probably never have been to.  Its Help Center has just been redone to make it easier to find the information you need.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to open its holiday pop-up retail stores on October 26  —  Summary: October 26, the launch date of Windows 8, is now confirmed as the date when Microsoft will open its 30-plus holiday pop-up stores.  —  Microsoft will, indeed, open its 30-plus holiday pop-up brick-and-mortar stores on October 26 …
More: The Verge and Neowin
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Jolla nabs €200m funding, preps MeeGo OS for licensing in mid-2013  —  Summary: Jolla's OS, codenamed ‘Sailfish,’ will be the centre of a new Hong Kong-based ecosystem alliance, according to the company, which has picked a datacentre in the region to support its plans.  —  Liam Tung

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