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October 6, 2012, 10:40 PM

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Chris O'Brien / SiliconBeat:
NY Times: Jack Dorsey role at Twitter reduced because he's “difficult” and indecisive  —  Nick Bilton has a nice profile of Dick Costolo today in the New York Times.  But perhaps the most intriguing passages, for me, had to do with his characterizations of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.
Tweets: @qthrul
Reuters:
Foxconn denies China iPhone plant hit by strike  —  (Reuters) - Foxconn, the Taiwanese made-to-order electronics giant that assembles Apple Inc's products, denied reports that a plant in China was crippled by a strike, saying on Saturday that its production is on schedule at an important time for Apple.
Mat Honan / Wired:
Why We'll Never Stop Talking About Steve Jobs  —  Steve Jobs is our era's Edison, Ford or Tesla.  Illustration by Simon Lutrin  —  Let's talk about Steve Jobs.  I know, I know.  It's been a year since his death.  What is there possibly left to say about him, and why are so many people still saying it?
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Why Zynga Failed  —  The year was 2008 and Zynga had it all figured out.  Facebook became a portal to games for those who had never played.  Viral growth there was unchecked.  Facebook ad rates were low, so buying traffic was cheap.  And most games were played on the desktop.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Android users outraged over Motorola's broken promise  —  Company concedes some customers got “a raw deal” in decision not to upgrade 2011 flagship devices to Ice Cream Sandwich  —  Doran Else bought his Photon 4G last October, lured by the fast dual-core processor and by the close relationship …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Amazon once offered to buy Netflix for $12 million  —  In late 1990s, Netflix was still a struggling start-up when CEO Reed Hastings flatly rejected Amazon's acquisition offer, according to an upcoming book.  —  Jeff Bezos might have saved his company some money — and a lot of trouble …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Still Not Enough iPhone 5s to Go Around  —  If iPhone 5 sales have not yet spiked to the heights investors had hoped, it's not because of limited demand.  It's due to a continuing shortfall in supply.  Two weeks after its retail debut, Apple's latest iPhone continues to be difficult to come by …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Music streaming service Deezer has reportedly raised $130m from Access Industries  —  French newspaper Le Figaro is reporting that music streaming service Deezer has raised €100m ($130m) in funding from Access Industries, the company that owns Warner Music Group.  —  There's no doubt that the report holds some truth.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
T-Mobile stores now stocking iPhone 5-friendly nano-SIMs for those with unlocked devices  —  We reported a few weeks ago that T-Mobile had no intention of letting the iPhone 5's smaller nano-SIM card interfere with its newly-bolstered plans to woo unlocked iPhone owners over to its network …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
The bubble that wasn't: what happened to ‘people discovery’ apps?  —  The SXSW festival is known as a launchpad for new trends in mobile apps, and last year the prophets declared that GPS-enabled “people discovery” apps were the next big thing.  Open your phone and up pops a list of potential new best friends.

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