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October 2, 2012, 10:45 PM

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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.
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 …
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most surprising developments in the ongoing smartphone patent disputes, Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility has just withdrawn its second ITC complaint against Apple.
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Machine Gun Kelly gig at Microsoft Store cut short by police  —  Microsoft gets more than it bargained for  —  Upcoming American rapper Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) was booked to perform at Microsoft's Atlanta retail store on Friday, but the software giant got more than it bargained for.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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:
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 …
Jeremy C. Owens / Mercury News:
Juniper lays off 500 employees, more than 5 percent of workforce  —  SUNNYVALE — Juniper Networks confirmed Tuesday that it is cutting 500 workers, about 5.3 percent of its workforce, amid a battle with Cisco Systems (CSCO) for shrinking networking market share.
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.
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.
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.
Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Browser Setting Harms Advertisers, Group Says  —  A feature in the newest version of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s Internet Explorer Web browser that tells websites not to track online activity is harmful for advertisers and will hurt competition, an industry group said.
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.
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Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Phony Facebook Share Scam  —  A South Florida man charged with running an $11 million scam involving non-existent shares in companies including Facebook Inc. (FB) and Groupon Inc. (GRPN) was taken into custody after pleading guilty to criminal charges.

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