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October 5, 2012, 8:20 AM

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Élyse Betters / 9to5Mac:
Apple CEO Tim Cook remembers Steve Jobs on first anniversary of death  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook just posted a letter on his company's homepage to pay tribute to the late cofounder, Steve Jobs.  —  ...developing.
Robert Scoble / BBC:
Viewpoint: Steve Jobs is missed by Silicon Valley  —  Steve Jobs died on 5 October 2011 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer  —  Steve Jobs is still missed.  —  You hear it on stages, like when Marc Benioff, chief executive and co-founder of Salesforce, urged 90,000 attendees …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga Lowering Full-Year Results Again; Recording Huge Negative for OMGPOP  —  Zynga is reporting preliminary third-quarter results today, but it won't do much to comfort investors who were already growing wary of the company's prospects.  —  The social games company says that the third quarter …
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Updating our built-in apps for Windows 8 … As we get close to the general availability (GA) of Windows 8, there are many things that the Windows team and other teams at Microsoft have been doing to get ready.  Of course, the most important thing has been working with PC makers to help …
David Fisher / New Zealand Herald:
Suspicion over Dotcom net glitch  —  Telecom engineers investigating internet irregularities weeks before GCSB has said it started spying on him.  —  Kim Dotcom's internet connection was being diverted inside New Zealand weeks before the Government Communications Security Bureau says it started spying on him.
Ann-Christine Diaz / AdAge:
Behind Facebook's Emotional Ad From Wieden & Kennedy  —  Portland Shop Named Agency of Record For Social Network  —  Today, Faceboook announced that it had reached its billion-user milestone, and to celebrate, it has launched a poetic film from its agency of record, Wieden & Kennedy in Portland, Ore.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft to launch Surface at midnight on October 26th  —  Microsoft has started sending out invites to a special “Surface Reception” event on October 25th.  Alongside a Windows 8 introduction, the software giant will launch its highly anticipated tablet at midnight on October 26th — according to a company spokesperson.
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung posts $7.3 billion third-qurter profit, this quarter will be tougher  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics reported a record quarterly profit of $7.3 billion, nearly double last year's figure, as strong sales of high-end TVs and Galaxy smartphones more than offset reduced orders for chips …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Bezos, CIA invest $30M in quantum computing startup  —  Jeff Bezos has put money into a robot factory worker, a 10,000 year clock and private car service.  And he's not done yet.  —  Bezos Expeditions and In-Q-Tel, the venture arm of the CIA, announced Thursday a $30 million investment in D-Wave Systems …
Tom Grossi / Fortune:
Does VC (fund size) matter?  —  Despite what you may have heard, big is beautiful.  —  Many smart venture capital observers have lamented the emergence of VC “megafunds,” like those managed by my firm New Enterprise Associates.  For example, the Kauffman Foundation recently issued a report claiming that …
David Meyer / ZDNet:
Feds charge 11 over $50m secret tech exports to Russia  —  Summary: An unsealed federal indictment suggests $50m worth of microprocessors and other high-tech kit were illegally shipped to Russia, with possible uses including missile guidance systems and detonation triggers.  —  David Meyer
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook confirms it is scanning your private messages for links to increase Like counters  —  Yesterday I spotted a video submitted to Hacker News by the Polish startup Killswitch.me that clearly showed sending a link in a Facebook private message increases the Like counter on the link's originating third-party website.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
High-Profile Facebook Comms VP Joe Lockhart Departs  —  Joe Lockhart, Vice President of global communications at Facebook, has left the company, AllThingsD has learned.  —  His departure comes nearly 15 months after he first joined the company in July of last year, where he worked alongside of Marne Levine …
Reuters:
Motorola wins German patent case against Microsoft  —  (Reuters) - Mobile phone maker Motorola achieved a rare victory against software giant Microsoft in a patent case before a German court on Friday, the latest in a wave of patent lawsuits by technology firms fighting over market share.
Bloomberg:
Sprint Said to Eye MetroPCS Bid to Rival T-Mobile Offer  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), the third- largest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, is in the early stages of evaluating whether it should make a counter offer for MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS) to top Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) …

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