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October 2, 2012, 1:40 AM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Mashery Is the Latest to be Snared by Craigslist's Copyright Crusade  —  First, Craigslist went after PadMapper for arranging its apartment rental listings on a map; then, when the start-up shifted to data supplier 3Taps, Craigslist sued them both for copyright infringement …
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.
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
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.

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