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October 3, 2012, 10:45 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 …
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 …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Steve Jobs Wanted To Drop Google Search From The iPhone  —  Interesting nugget from Brad Stone, Adam Satariano, and Peter Burrows at Bloomberg BusinessWeek:  —  At the time of his death, Jobs had come to loathe Google, which he felt was copying features of the iPhone while withholding …
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.
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 …
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).
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.
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 …
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 …
Jon C. Ogg / 24/7 Wall St.:
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Sold $130 Million in Shares over Last Week  —  The rise of Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) has been monumental of late.  Analysts have been forcing their price targets higher after Google keeps a huge lead in internet search and as Android keeps gaining market share in the smartphone universe.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Xbox Music to launch on October 26th with free ad-supported streaming  —  Spotify-like service on the way  —  Microsoft is preparing to launch its Xbox Music service on October 26th.  Multiple sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have confirmed the new service will launch at the same time as Windows 8.
More: Engadget
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
$45 Billion Later, Larry Ellison Says No Major Acquisitions For Next Few Years  —  Larry Ellison said today that Oracle does not plan to do any major acquisitions in the next few years but would not rule one out down the road.  He made the remarks in a CNBC interview at OracleOpenWorld in San Francisco.
More: GigaOM
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Rolls Out Surveys - And Reminds Us Why It Cares About “Consistent User Experiences”  —  Here's an interesting new feature for Twitter advertisers: The chance to survey users directly.  —  Twitter is rolling out the tool today, which it will provide for free to some of its biggest advertisers …
Michael Isikoff / NBC News:
Homeland Security ‘fusion’ centers spy on citizens, produce ‘shoddy’ work, report says  —  The Department of Homeland Security has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a network of 77 so-called “fusion” intelligence centers that have collected personal information on some U.S. citizens …
Brad Reed / BGR:
Four-inch Samsung Galaxy S III ‘mini’ rumored for launch next week  —  Intrigued by the Galaxy S III but are put off by its large 4.8-inch display?  Don't worry, it looks like Samsung (005930) has apparently got you covered.  Unwired View got its hands on a flier in Germany teasing the launch …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
EE to launch UK 4G service on October 30th  —  Ten cities at launch, 16 by the end of the year  —  EE will set the UK's first LTE service live on October 30th.  At launch, the network will cover ten (as yet unspecified) cities, expanding to 16 cities — or a third of the UK's population — by the end of the year.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Appcelerator Launches “Innovation Fund” To Help Startups Speed Up Mobile App Development  —  Appcelerator is all about speeding the development of rich, native mobile apps.  One way it does this is with Titanium, its next-gen mobile app development platform.
More: GigaOM
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
WebRTC gets real as Google adds more video chat functionality to Chrome  —  Google added a key component of the WebRTC framework to the latest beta edition of its Chrome web browser Tuesday, enabling third-party developers to build video chat applications that don't require any kind of downloadable plug-in.
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 …
More: Nextgov and ZDNet
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.

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