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October 2, 2012, 10:55 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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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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
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple and Virgin Mobile USA Planning to Launch iPhone 5, But Timeframe Unknown  —  While the three major U.S iPhone carriers launched the iPhone 5 on September 21 and prepaid carrier Cricket and a number of regional carriers followed suit on September 28, one U.S. brand has been curiously silent …
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 …

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