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October 8, 2012, 10:00 PM

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Steve Stecklow / Reuters:
Exclusive: Cisco cuts ties to China's ZTE after Iran probe  —  (Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc. has ended a longstanding sales partnership with ZTE Corp after an internal investigation into allegations that the Chinese telecommunications equipment maker sold Cisco networking gear to Iran.
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone 8 pre-orders to begin on October 21st  —  Microsoft's first Windows Phone 8 devices will be available for pre-order in the US on October 21st.  Sources familiar with AT&T and Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the carrier will start taking pre-orders for its range …
More: CNET and WMPoweruser
Leslie Horn / Gizmodo:
Oh God, Bravo's Silicon Valley Show Looks Even Worse Than We Thought Ugh Why Help  —  If you watch the latest promo for Bravo's Silicon Valley reality show and think, hey these [entrepreneurs] failed actors are just stringing together tech buzzwords, it's because that's exactly what they're doing.
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:
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’
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.
Ben Lee / GigaOM:
Twitter: It's time for patent trolls to bear the costs of frivolous lawsuits  —  Twitter is an engineering company, and engineers like to innovate.  Twitter is also well known, and, as a result, we receive patent threats and lawsuits from time to time.  Many of these are baseless, and our policy is to fight them with all our might.
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.
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Leaked Boxee TV adds HDTV antenna and DVR to let you ditch cable for good  —  The Verge has obtained photos of Boxee TV, a device that aims to combine over-the-air live TV broadcasts, DVR functionality, and web apps into a single home theater solution.  It's a markedly different strategy …
More: Engadget
Killian Bell / Cult of Mac:
Steve Jobs Vowed To Patent Everything Apple Invented After Being Stung By $100m iPod Fine [Report]  —  Apple's overactive approach to defending its patents may sometimes make it look like one of the industry's biggest bullies, but you may be surprised to hear that the Cupertino used to patent hardly anything.
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.
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 …
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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
For Better or Worse, Emirates Passengers Can Now Yammer on Their Cellphones in Flight  —  Dubai-based Emirates said Monday that it will start letting passengers on its A380 aircraft talk using their cellphones while in flight.  —  The service works with standard phones in conjunction with OnAir …
More: SplatF
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft speeds up IE10 Flash patching, matches Google  —  Out-of-nowhere update for Flash likely triggered by upcoming $2 million ‘Pwnium’ hacking contest that Google kicks off Wednesday, says expert  —  Adobe today issued a surprise update for Flash Player that patched 25 critical vulnerabilities in the ubiquitous media software.
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.

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