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October 2, 2012, 11:00 AM

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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 …
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 …
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:
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Search Inside Gmail Attachments  —  Gmail has constantly improved its search technology, but there's something you couldn't do until recently: search inside attachments.  Sure, you could find an attachment if you knew the filename or some keywords from the message.
Bloomberg:
Deutsche Telekom Said to Near Deal With MetroPCS in U.S.  —  Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) is nearing a deal with MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS) to bolster its T-Mobile USA division, according to people with knowledge of the matter.  —  Deutsche Telekom's board is scheduled to meet …
More: The Verge and BGR
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.
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Alexa Ray Corriea / The Verge:
Zynga and Hasbro partnership yields board game mash-ups like ‘Cityville Monopoly’  —  Zynga and toy company Hasbro have partnered up to create board games based on several of the game developer's more popular properties, merging them with well-known titles like Monopoly and Hungry Hungry Hippos, Hasbro revealed.
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.
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 …
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.
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
Lenovo to Set Up PC Plant in U.S.  —  Chinese computer-maker Lenovo Group Ltd. will start manufacturing PCs in North Carolina next year.  Company executives said the effort, starting with only a few million dollars and just over 100 workers, will be the beginning of something bigger …

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