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October 3, 2012, 4:55 PM

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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 …
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.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Turning to Select Retail Store Employees to Help Improve Maps for iOS 6  —  MacRumors has learned that Apple is piloting a program to tap into its vast number of retail store employees to help improve the company's new Maps app for iOS 6.  Details on the initiative remain unclear …
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
HP's Whitman: Wait till 2014 for turnaround  —  HP's turnaround effort won't see results till 2014, HP CEO Meg Whitman said at the company's analyst meeting on Wednesday.  —  “We believe that 2014 will be the year you will see real recovery and expansion at HP.  You should see every business unit recover and grow.
Phil Dzikiy / iLounge:
Apple tightens MFi rules, stalls 3rd-party Lightning add-ons  —  Following up on prior reports that Apple had not made Lightning connectors available to developers, multiple reliable sources have confirmed to iLounge that Apple has made significant changes to its Made For iPad/iPhone/iPod …
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.”
Facebook Engineering:
Under the Hood: Building the App Center recommendation engine  —  As more apps on Facebook Platform have launched over the years, the types of apps available have become more diverse, making it crucial that people see the most relevant and highest quality apps in channels like news feed and App Center.
Steve Lohr / NYT Bits:
A Big Data Road Map for Government  —  No entity produces, gathers and stores more data than the American government.  So the challenges and opportunities of so-called Big Data loom large for the many agencies and departments of the United States government.
More: GigaOM and SiliconANGLE
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
A VC opens up: Union Square Ventures starts sharing internal market research publicly  —  Here's an interesting move: New York City-based Union Square Ventures (USV), an investor in a few companies you might have heard of (Boxee, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, Meetup, Kickstarter and Twilio …
More: Union Square Ventures and A VCTweets: @semil
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Kindle Paperwhite sold out until November  —  Amazon's new front-lit e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite (our review here), only started shipping on Monday to those who'd pre-ordered it, but it's already sold out.  If you order a Kindle Paperwhite today, it won't ship for four to six weeks.
Kyle Wiens / iFixit:
Chemical Analysis Reveals that New Phones Have Fewer Toxics  —  High technology feels so clean—no coal or steam or mess, just cool aluminum, sleek plastics, and polished glass.  But that clean surface hides an interior that is far messier and more toxic.  In partnership with HealthyStuff.org …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Now Lets US Users Pay $7 To Promote Posts To The News Feeds Of More Friends  —  Facebook is expanding to the U.S. the controversial Promoted Posts feature that lets users pay to get their posts more visibility in the news feed.  It will cost $7 per post and Facebook hopes it will be used …
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 …
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 …

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