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October 2, 2012, 2:45 PM

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Daniel Ruby / Localytics:
Lawsuit, iPhone 5 Spur Samsung Galaxy Sales  —  Yesterday Samsung added the iPhone 5 to its patent lawsuit against Apple and other manufacturers.  This comes after Apple was awarded $1 billion for Samsung's infringements.  But sales of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III haven't been hurt and appear to have been helped by the news.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
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 …
Paul Allen:
Paul's take on Windows 8  —  The official release of Windows 8 is fast approaching, and for a few months now I've been using a release preview version of Windows 8.  Windows 8 represents a significant evolutionary milestone in Windows development, principally to expand support to tablet devices …
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 …
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most surprising developments in the ongoing smartphone patent disputes, Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility has just withdrawn its second ITC complaint against Apple.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Under Its Original Owners, Webshots Reincarnates as Smile (Video)  —  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
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.

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