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October 8, 2012, 9:15 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:
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:
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 …
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.
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’
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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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.
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 …

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