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October 3, 2012, 2:10 PM

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Business Week:
Mapping a Path Out of Steve Jobs' Shadow  —  Like all companies, mighty Apple (AAPL) is not immune to bungling a new product, though its apologies haven't always seemed heartfelt.  After slashing the price of the first iPhone by $200 only a few months after its debut in 2007 …
AppleInsider:
Bob Mansfield stayed at Apple after CEO Tim Cook offered him ‘exorbitant’ $2M-per-month  —  A new look at the corporate culture of Apple before and after the death of Steve Jobs reveals that Senior Vice President Bob Mansfield went back on his decision to retire after being offered a large sum …
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 …
HP:
HP Details Turnaround Strategy, Provides 2013 Outlook  —  At HP's annual Securities Analyst Meeting, being held today in San Francisco, the company's leadership is mapping out strategic priorities for the future and providing a detailed multiyear roadmap to turn the company around.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Deutsche Telekom and MetroPCS agree on $1.5 billion T-Mobile merger  —  Apparently the “significant issues” that stood in the way of a prospective T-Mobile and MetroPCS deal couldn't have been too onerous.  Just a day after acknowledging that talks were underway both boards have approved the deal according to the Wall Street Journal.
T-Mobile Newsroom:
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Samsung Claims Jury Foreman Misconduct Tainted Apple Case  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) asked a judge to throw out Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s billion-dollar trial victory in August, saying the jury foreman failed to disclose a lawsuit and his personal bankruptcy when he was chosen for the panel.
Nicole Perlroth / NYT Bits:
Google Warns of New State-Sponsored Cyberattack Targets  —  In June, many Google users were surprised to see an unusual greeting at the top of their Gmail inbox, Google home page or Chrome browser.  “Warning: We believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account or computer.”
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
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, Pao wrote, “I have been terminated from my job at KPCB.
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Returns After 2 Days Downtime  —  On Monday The Pirate Bay went offline.  By itself the downtime isn't really news as it happens every other week, but this time it took longer than expected to return.  —  The Pirate Bay was quick to inform TorrentFreak that they were dealing …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz Invests $15M In Text Annotation Startup Rap Genius  —  Here's an investment out of left field, but not really.  Andreessen Horowitz is dropping $15 million into startup Rap Genius.  It's not just about rap, though.  Think of it as “crowdsourced explanations of lyrics and historical texts.”
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AOL looking to spin out Techcrunch's CrunchBase  —  AOL, the New York-based media company that is the corporate parent of The Huffington Post and TechCrunch, is looking to spin out CrunchBase, the Techcrunch-owned database of technology companies and people that has become a useful resource for the technology business.

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