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October 2, 2012, 8:05 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 …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Deutsche Telekom Confirms Talks to Combine MetroPCS and T-Mobile USA  —  Aiming to beef up its U.S. operation, Deutsche Telekom is in talks to combine MetroPCS with its T-Mobile USA operations.  —  In a statement Tuesday, the carrier said it is “holding talks” but said there are “significant issues” yet to be worked out.
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most surprising developments in the ongoing smartphone patent disputes, Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility has just withdrawn its second ITC complaint against Apple.
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 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.
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:
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.
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 …
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Scoop: GoDaddy quietly kills its cloud computing business  —  Perhaps web-hosting giant GoDaddy wasn't cut out to be a cloud computing provider after all.  According to an internal email shared with me by an anonymous ex-employee, the company has decided to shutter its Cloud Servers product offering after less than a year.
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.
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 …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Bing claims 2:1 victory in its blind taste test with Google  —  Today Microsoft announced that its ‘Bing It On Challenge’ has scooted past the 5 million visit mark.  According to its blog post, that figure is in excess of its projections.  I would certainly think so.
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:
RIM, Windows Continue To Lose Mobile Market Share — comScore  —  Today comScore reported August US mobile market share data.  Consistent with the pattern of the last several months, Samsung continued to be the leading hardware maker, although Apple and HTC were the only OEMs to see growth since May.
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 …
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.
Ryan Faughnder / Bloomberg:
Zillow Falls After Saying SEC Questioned Financial Report  —  Zillow Inc. (Z), a real estate website, fell the most in more than 10 months after disclosing that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked the company to respond to questions about how it reported revenue.
More: GeekWire
David Kravets / Wired:
California Governor Vetoes Landmark Location-Privacy Law  —  California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have required the state's authorities to get a probable-cause warrant signed by a judge to obtain location information from electronic devices such as tablets, mobile phones and laptops.
More: TechCrunch
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.
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 …
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.

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