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October 9, 2012, 1:10 PM

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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 …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Jack Dorsey Is At Twitter Officially On Tuesday Afternoons; All His Direct Reports Moved Back To Costolo In January  —  Jack Dorsey has spoken out to comment on the profile of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, out this weekend in the New York Times, which painted a slightly less than flattering picture of his role as chairman at the company.
More: CNET and SocialTimes
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 …
Philip Blenkinsop / Reuters:
EU holds fire on ZTE, Huawei telecom trade case  —  (Reuters) - The European Commission has delayed a trade case against two Chinese telecom equipment makers also under scrutiny in the United States, easing tensions between the European Union and its second-biggest trading partner.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Acer Iconia W510 preview: a week with a true Windows 8 PC  —  We finally get our hands on some real hardware for Microsoft's new OS  —  Windows 8 won't be formally available until October 26th, but over the last week or so we've had a chance to test out one of the first round of devices optimized …
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?
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.
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.”
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.
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 …
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
U.S. court denies MegaUpload request for dismissal  —  Federal district judge says just because MegaUpload doesn't have a U.S. address doesn't mean criminal charges against it must be dismissed.  —  MegaUpload has been on a winning streak in court but last week, a U.S. district judge denied …
David Meyer / GigaOM:
SoundCloud reveals its big strategy: audio-licensing through Getty  —  Although it's probably best-known as a music platform, SoundCloud has a fast-growing business in other kinds of audio too, from weird field recordings to the spoken word.  There are all kinds of sounds in there.
Nick Peers / BetaNews:
Firefox 16 is available — get it NOW!  —  Ahead of its official unveiling, Mozilla has made Firefox 16 FINAL available for download.  The latest version provides little in the way of major new features, and in some ways is more noteworthy for the features missing from this release …
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
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Variety bought by Deadline owner Penske Media, Third Point  —  Variety has been acquired by Penske Media Corp., owner of Deadline.com (Variety / October 8, 2012)  —  The Hollywood trade paper Variety has been acquired by Penske Media Corp. and its financial backer, hedge fund Third Point …

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