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October 9, 2012, 11:45 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 …
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 …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Mulls an In-House Video-Hosting Service  —  If you want something done right, do it yourself.  —  Twitter is considering building its own video-hosting technology, according to sources.  That means users could upload video directly via the service's mobile apps …
Jim Wolf / Reuters:
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?
Jack Dorsey:
Notes on my work at Twitter  —  There was a great profile in the New York Times about Twitter's CEO, Dick Costolo, which mentioned my work at the company.  It's not a common arrangement, so I'd like to clarify a few points.  —  In Spring of 2011, Dick asked me to take an operational role overseeing product, design, and brand.
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.
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia ‘Atlas’ leaked, appears to be a Lumia 820 variant for Verizon  —  Verizon appears to be readying a Windows Phone 8 announcement of its own.  A leaked image from the Evleaks Twitter account shows off a Nokia Lumia phone for Verizon, described as the “Atlas.”
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.
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: Tom Tunguz and GeekWire
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.
David Kravets / Wired:
Copyright Scofflaws Beware: ISPs to Begin Monitoring Illicit File Sharing  —  Photo: Matt Licht, NotionsCapital.com/Flickr  —  The nation's major internet service providers by year's end will institute a so-called six-strikes plan, the “Copyright Alert System” initiative backed …
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
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 …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Lytro adds manual controls as its camera hits stores worldwide  —  The futuristic light-field Lytro camera is finally hitting store shelves today, and to mark the occasion the camera's getting a big update as well.  So the company's added the ability to control shutter speed and ISO into the equation …
Klint Finley / TechCrunch:
Hitbox Alum Raise $4.4 Million For Analytics Startup Anametrix  —  Back in the days before Google Analytics hundreds of thousands of sites relied on WebSideStory's Hitbox service for visitor stats.  If you surfed the web in the late 90s you probably saw a lot of homepages with Hitbox's graphics in their footers.
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 …

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