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October 2, 2012, 5:05 PM

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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 …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Samsung makes good on threat of patent suit against iPhone 5  —  Apple's chief foe in the mobile sector and the courtroom goes after the new iPhone, apparently leveraging its portfolio of LTE patents.  —  Fresh off a courtroom victory against Apple, Samsung filed another legal salvo against its chief foe.
Daniel Rubino / wpcentral:
Microsoft does indeed have their own Windows Phone in the works  —  Yesterday we wrote a fairly lengthy article about a new rumor of a Microsoft Windows Phone.  The source came via China Times and we were hesitant to believe the claim—after all, no evidence or sources were mentioned.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google's Motorola Mobility withdraws its entire second ITC complaint against Apple  —  In one of the most surprising developments in the ongoing smartphone patent disputes, Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility has just withdrawn its second ITC complaint against Apple.
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 …
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 …
Chitika Insights:
60% of iPhones on iOS 6, iPad and iPod Touch Close Behind  —  Apple's newest mobile operating system, iOS 6, has shown unprecedented adoption rates by Apple users.  Following our study on the early adoption rates of iOS 6, Chitika Insights was interested in seeing how the adoption rate varied between iOS devices.
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.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
The Sudden, Mysterious Exit Of A Quora Cofounder Has Silicon Valley Baffled  —  Quora cofounder Charlie Cheever was suddenly bounced from the company almost a month ago, on September 11.  —  This was a huge surprise.  —  Cheever had founded Quora, a Q&A site, with Adam D'Angelo back in 2009 …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple sued over Passbook by hospitality software maker Ameranth  —  Ameranth, a leading developer of internet and software solutions for the hospitality marketplace, filed suit against Apple's Passbook digital ticketing app, claiming patent infringement in an ongoing effort to enforce its wireless technology IP.
Casey Newton / CNET:
Google to let users buy Web content with Google Wallet  —  Looking to profit where others have failed, Google will enable micropayments for articles and other content.  —  Micropayments, a long-discussed way of supporting content on the Web that has yet to catch fire with users, may be getting a big boost from Google.
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google announces plans to give Refine back to the community, will put code up on GitHub  —  Mere days after its spring cleaning reveal, Google today announced it is giving Google Refine back to the community by forking it and rebranding it to something like “Open Refine.”
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Exclusive: PHP, the web's most popular programming language, is coming to mobile  —  A certain kind of developer loves to hate on PHP.  They are really going to hate where PHP's custodians are taking it next.  —  PHP was created by Danish programmer Rasmus Lerdorf in 1995.
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
In Attempt To Get Bums Back On Seats, MoviePass Launches An “Offline Netflix”  —  It might be impossible for Hollywood to reverse the grim cinema attendance numbers, which are at a 25-year low thanks to killer home entertainment systems and on-demand movie services such as Netflix.
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Dyn Raises $38 Million From North Bridge; Jason Calacanis Joins Its Board  —  The state of New Hampshire isn't exactly the place you'd expect to go looking for one of the quiet powers of the Internet, but that's exactly what Dyn is, and it's based in the city of Manchester.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
FTC wins $163 million from woman who tricked 1 million users into thinking their PCs had malware  —  Four years after filing its case, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finally finished its first legal fight against scareware, including instances with names such as WinFixer, WinAntivirus …
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 …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
3D Printer Form 1 Tops $1.4M On Kickstarter In A Week  —  The Form 1 3D printer, which you may recognize from Kickstarter, has topped $1.4 million in pre-orders in just under a week on the crowd-funding platform.  With nearly 1,000 backers already, the FormLabs team has sold …
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