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October 8, 2012, 10:40 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.
Huawei:
Statement regarding HPSCI's report  —  The United States is a country ruled by law, where all charges and allegations should be based on solid evidence and facts.  The report conducted by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (the Committee), which took 11 months to complete …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 and MacNN
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.
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.
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’
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.
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 …
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:
Finally: BitTorrent Piracy Evidence to be Tested in Court  —  Over the past two years a small group of copyright holders have started thousands of mass-BitTorrent lawsuits, targeting more than a quarter million people in the US alone.  —  The copyright holders who start these cases generally provide nothing …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Judge: Takeover of employee LinkedIn account doesn't violate hacking law  —  A federal judge rejected a Pennsylvania woman's argument that her employer violated a federal anti-hacking statute when it took control of her LinkedIn account after firing her.  The court ruled the harms cited …
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.
David Kravets / Wired:
Child Porn in P2P Share Folder Is Smut Distribution, Appeals Court Says  —  A federal appeals court ruled that peer-to-peer file sharers can be prosecuted for distributing child pornography by having the illicit files in their open share folders.  —  That was the ruling by the nation's …

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