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October 8, 2012, 1:45 PM

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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.
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.
Steven Musil / CNET:
Apple reportedly orders 10M iPad Minis for fourth quarter  —  Component makers in Asia say they have received orders for the unannounced tablet that eclipse Amazon's orders for the Kindle Fire, The Wall Street Journal reports.  —  Apple is apparently thinking big for its iPad Mini …
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 …
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 …
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: BGR and Groklaw
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 …
More: AllThingsD
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Collections Lets Retailers Augment Posts With “Want/Collect” Buttons That Save Products To Pinteresque Profile Sections  —  Facebook has just begun testing “Collections” — a new feature it says is “unrelated” to Pinterest but could be a competitor.
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 …
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
First Windows 8 PCs appear early, crapware included  —  Summary: Microsoft's official launch party for Windows 8 is still weeks away, but one well-known retailer has jumped the gun.  Cable shopping giant HSN has five Windows 8 PCs for sale on the web.  All are, unfortunately, fully loaded.

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