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October 3, 2012, 12:30 AM

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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 …
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.
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:
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most surprising developments in the ongoing smartphone patent disputes, Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility has just withdrawn its second ITC complaint against Apple.
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.
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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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.
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 poised to let users buy Web content with Google Wallet  —  Looking to profit where others have failed, Google is planning to enable micropayments for individual articles and other content.  —  Micropayments, a long-discussed way of supporting content on the Web that has yet to catch fire with users …
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 …
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Live Twitter Feed Appears in Print Ad [VIDEO]  —  The CW Television Network is promoting its fall lineup with a first-of-its kind print insert in the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly.  The insert contains a small LCD screen that features looping video and the six latest tweets from @CW_Network beneath the words, “Follow Us Now.”
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 …
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.
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.
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.

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