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October 9, 2012, 10:15 AM

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Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Google to co-brand 10-inch Nexus tablet with Samsung  —  Web giant will co-brand its first high-end tablet with Samsung, an analyst tells CNET.  —  A Google Nexus 10-inch class tablet is in the works, CNET has learned.  —  The 10.1-inch tablet will boast a pixel density that is higher …
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
New iPod Touch and iPod Nano Begin Shipping, Photos and Benchmarks Posted  —  Numerous MacRumors readers have reported that their orders for Apple's new fifth-generation iPod touch and seventh-generation iPod nano have shipped, with delivery due for late this week or early next week.
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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft project tracks hand from wrist, could alter how we control devices  —  Motion tracking and gesture controls have become common with the rollout of Microsoft Kinect and other sensor-based devices.  But what if the sensors were on your wrist, not across the room?
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
AMD enters Windows 8 tablet fray with Z-60 chip: ‘all-day’ battery life, graphics ‘you would never expect’  —  If you know AMD mainly for its laptop and desktop processors, then some readjustment may be in order: as of now, the company is rushing head-long into the market created by Surface fever …
Tero Kuittinen / BGR:
Angry Birds Star Wars and the evolution of the app market  —  Rovio has picked up the pace of its game launches — Angry Birds Star Wars is the third major Rovio title to debut in seven months.  And unlike most of its rivals, Rovio is not focused on maximizing game revenue.  It's after merchandising opportunities.
More: ABCNEWS and VentureBeat
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
AOL relaunches Games.com with a library of 5,000 titles, designed with a “mobile first mentality”  —  It has been more than six years since AOL acquired Games.com from the now-defunct Infogrames, former parent company of Atari.  The ailing Infogrames offloaded a number of its assets for around $25m …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Advertising Becomes Amazon's Newest Low-Price Weapon  —  Like Everything Amazon Does, Advertising Will Make Products Cheaper  —  There's no more customer-obsessed company than Amazon, which has long forsaken high profits in pursuit of giving shoppers the best possible experience and the lowest possible price.
More: GeekWire
Melena Ryzik / New York Times:
Art.sy Is Mapping the World of Art on the Web  —  Any music fan knows that there are myriad ways to find new songs online: a scroll through digital playlists and streaming radio services like Pandora, which serve as musical recommendation engines.  Likewise, Netflix subscribers are regularly showered …
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Zynga executive overseeing key poker game departs  —  (Reuters) - Zynga Inc's executive overseeing its key poker game has quit, hitting the gamemaker in a particularly vulnerable spot as it struggles with a steady employee exodus and falling revenue.  —  The exit of former Zynga Poker General …
More: AllThingsD, Digits and CNET
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 …
Bloomberg:
Avoiding Facebook Fate Is Twitter CFO Goal on Way to IPO  —  Ali Rowghani got a voice mail on his mobile phone from Steve Jobs on a Saturday in early 2010.  The Apple Inc. (AAPL) co-founder wanted to keep Rowghani, then chief financial officer at Walt Disney Co. (DIS)'s Pixar, from leaving to become finance chief at Twitter Inc.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Lodsys Offers Update on In App Purchase Patent Dispute, Claims Licensing Momentum  —  Nearly a year and a half ago, patent holding firm Lodsys threatened to file suit against App Store developers making use of Apple's In App Purchase mechanism, claiming that they were infringing upon patents held by Lodsys.
Ryan Mac / Forbes:
Square To Announce Cabs Partnership With City Of New York  —  After closing out a deal to implement its technology in Starbucks stores across the nation, mobile payment company Square may be taking to the streets to find more revenue streams.  Literally.  —  Late Monday, private company expert PrivCo …
Tweets: @privco
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
IBM Expands PureSystems Family With New PureData Big Data Box  —  IBM has expanded its family of expert integrated PureSystems with the new PureData System, which features analytics and the ability to handle big data in the box.  —  To help global organizations make sense of the massive influx …
Esther Addley / Guardian:
Julian Assange to publish book about freedom and the future of the internet  —  WikiLeaks founder to be co-author of book entitled Cypherpunks, despite being confined to Ecuadorean embassy in London  —  Julian Assange's last foray into the publishing world ended in an acrimonious and highly costly dispute …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Study: Malicious Search Results More Common In Bing & Image Search  —  Almost two of every three malicious redirects in major search engines are found on Bing, according to a new report from the web security firm Sophos.  —  Looking at data “from the last couple of weeks,” …

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