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October 2, 2012, 2:30 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.
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.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
More: CNET, BGR and Ars Technica
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
Ozge Ozbilgin / Reuters:
YouTube opens Turkish site, giving government more control  —  (Reuters) - Turkey said on Tuesday it had won a long-running battle to persuade the video-sharing website YouTube to operate under a Turkish web domain, giving Ankara a tighter rein over the site's content and requiring the firm to pay Turkish taxes.
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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