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October 3, 2012, 9:55 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).
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
More: Mashable!
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.

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