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October 3, 2012, 7:00 AM

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Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Asia's Apple Suppliers Begin Mass Production on Mini iPad  —  TAIPEI—Apple Inc.'s Asian component suppliers have started mass production of a new tablet computer smaller than the current iPad, people with knowledge of the situation said, as the Silicon Valley company tries to stay competitive …
Marcel Brown / Life, Liberty, and Technology:
The “Lost” Steve Jobs Speech from 1983; Foreshadowing Wireless Networking, the iPad, and the App Store  —  In 1983, Steve Jobs gave a speech to a relatively small audience at a somewhat obscure event called the International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA).
Steven Musil / CNET:
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Breaking: Ellen Pao Says Kleiner Perkins Has Now Fired Her  —  Ellen Pao, the Kleiner Perkins partner who sued her own firm for gender discrimination and retaliation in May, has been fired, she said late Tuesday night.  —  In an update to a previous answer she had left on Q&A site Quora …
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia considers selling its Espoo headquarters for an estimated $250 million  —  Finnish company struggles to transition  —  Nokia's recent financial results show the company is clearly struggling to transition over to Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system, with CEO Stephen Elop admitting that Nokia …
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most surprising developments in the ongoing smartphone patent disputes, Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility has just withdrawn its second ITC complaint against Apple.
Kontra / counternotions:
Apple Maps: The Next Turn  —  Maps have changed.  —  Cartography used to be fairly simple and largely a novelty:  —  Unimaginable to the users of that Genoese world map from 1457, today's maps are used daily by hundreds of millions of ordinary people around the globe to accomplish what's …
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Donna Tam / CNET:
Zuck's Moscow night: A turn on a Russian talk show  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg yucks it up in an awkward interview about McDonald's, meeting the prime minister, and why he doesn't like suits — at least, that's what his half of the conversation suggests.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Best Buy founder presses forward on possible $11 billion buyout plan  —  (Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc founder Richard Schulze and at least four private equity firms have started examining the books of the world's largest consumer electronics chain, early steps toward what could become …
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.
Bloomberg:
Deutsche Telekom in Talks to Merge T-Mobile With MetroPCS  —  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 …
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.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Google Moves Ahead in Fight to Dominate the Map Apps  —  Apple has been taking lots of justified heat for its decision to replace Google Maps on the iPhone with a fledgling, and flawed, maps app of its own.  In my otherwise favorable review of the new iPhone 5, I called Apple's maps app …
Robert Pepper / Forbes:
Net Threat: The Dangers From Global Web Regulation  —  A grave threat to the Internet as we know it has emerged as part of well-intentioned, but fatally flawed proposals to update an international telecommunications treaty.  If these radical changes are adopted, the results could be devastating.
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.

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