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October 8, 2012, 5:40 PM

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Jim Wolf / Reuters:
Lawmakers seek to block China's Huawei, ZTE inroads in U.S.  —  (Reuters) - U.S. telecommunications operators should not do business with China's top telecom gear makers because potential Chinese state influence on the companies poses a security threat, the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said in a report on Monday.
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Lawmakers Say Huawei Poses Security Threat  —  Congressional Probe Says Huawei Poses National-Security Threat to the U.S.  —  WASHINGTON—A Chinese telecommunications giant that has been attempting to expand in the U.S. poses a national-security threat and may have violated U.S. laws, according to a congressional investigation.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
iPad Mini Design “Could Outshine the New iPad”  —  More grist for the rumor mill ahead of the so-called iPad mini's expected debut later this month.  —  Chatter from Apple's overseas supply chain indicates that the company has not been cutting corners in its efforts to keep …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Lightning to 30-Pin Adapter Begins Shipping  —  Apple has just begun notifying the first wave of customers who ordered the company's new Lightning to 30-pin Adapter that their orders are now shipping.  MacRumors has received word from several readers located in Australia that their orders …
New York Times:
In Technology Wars, Using the Patent as a Sword  —  When Apple announced last year that all iPhones would come with a voice-activated assistant named Siri, capable of answering spoken questions, Michael Phillips's heart sank.  —  For three decades, Mr. Phillips had focused on writing software …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Points phased out in favor of cash in Windows 8  —  Is this the end of Microsoft's controversial virtual currency?  —  Microsoft has started to remove its Points payments system as the default way to pay for music downloads and movie rentals or purchases in Windows 8.
Lisa Miller / New York Magazine:
Can Marissa Mayer Really Have It All?  —  There comes a moment in every very ambitious person's life when she sees with perfect clarity that the path before her is blocked.  For Marissa Mayer, Google employee No. 20 and Silicon Valley's reigning “geek queen,” this moment occurred last year …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and others join forces to launch new Web standards resource  —  In an attempt to create the “definitive resource” for all open Web technologies, Apple, Adobe, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia, and Opera have joined the W3C to launch a new website called ‘Web Platform’
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Microsoft DMCA Notice ‘Mistakenly’ Targets BBC, Techcrunch, Wikipedia and U.S. Govt  —  In recent months the number of DMCA takedown requests sent out by copyright holders has increased dramatically, and it's starting to turn the Internet into a big mess.  —  One of the problems …
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Facebook pitches new $20 million “Sponsored Stories” settlement  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has proposed a revised $20 million settlement in a class action lawsuit accusing it of violating the rights of users through its “Sponsored Stories” advertising feature after a U.S. judge rejected an earlier accord.
More: CNET and Mashable!
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Google TV starts adding movie, music, and TV purchases from Google Play  —  Google TV owners rejoice: a new update means you'll be able to buy and rent movies, music and TV shows from Google Play and watch them on your Google TV device.  Yes, it's a little hard to believe that Google TV …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Sprint Customers Can Get Their Own Vanity Number — If They Want to Pony Up $3 a Month  —  Sprint will be the first carrier to offer customers the option to get their own StarStar Me vanity number.  —  For $3 a month, Sprint customers can pick a combination of numbers to spell out their name …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Secondhand Clothing Marketplace Twice Is Putting Up $1M To Acquire YC, TechStars Or 500 Startups-Backed Companies  —  Twice, a secondhand clothing marketplace with $4 million in funding, has come up with a creative way to hire new talent.  The company is now putting up $1 million to acquire any Y Combinator …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Twitter's New SEO Play: A Profile Directory Of All User Accounts  —  Twitter has quietly launched a user profile directory that it hopes will bring it more search engine traffic.  —  It's Twitter's second SEO play in recent weeks, coming on the heels of a change in its robots.txt file.
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Yahoo's Mayer Urged to Repurchase Stock With Alibaba Gain  —  Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) investors put off by a stock price that has barely budged this year are urging Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer to buy back shares rather than pay a dividend with the $3 billion raised from selling a stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
Edgar Alvarez / Engadget:
Purported Nexus 7 with 32GB of storage gets accidentally delivered in Japan  —  Back when Google ecstatically unveiled its 7-inch Nexus tablet a few months ago, the company decided to keep things simple by only introducing 8GB and 16GB models — much to the dismay of folks who prefer a device with a bit more storage space.
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET:
So it looks like Samsung might not have tried to copy the iPhone  —  Previously redacted documents presented in the Apple-Samsung case seem not to offer actual evidence that Samsung told its designers to copy the iPhone.  —  You remember the recent court case in which a vast amount of money was awarded to Apple?
More: VentureBeat, BGR and Groklaw
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Romney and G.O.P. Make Inroads in Silicon Valley  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When President Obama makes his latest foray into Silicon Valley on Monday, he will face a technology industry more engaged than ever in the wheeling and dealing of Washington, and much more forthcoming with its political contributions …
More: Mashable!
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
HTC sees $2.397 billion revenue and 79% profit drop in Q3, only just meeting forecasts  —  Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC this morning released (PDF) its final results for the third quarter of this year, reporting revenue of $2.397 billion (NT$70.2 billion) for the three month period.

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