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October 9, 2012, 6:10 PM

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AllThingsD:
Twitter Buys Vine, a Video Clip Company That Never Launched  —  If Twitter ends up running its own video service, this should help: The messaging service has bought Vine, a video sharing startup.  —  We don't have terms for the deal, but this looks like a lot like an acqhire …
Tim Westergren / Pandora:
Pandora and Artist Payments  —  Have you heard of Donnie McClurkin, French Montana or Grupo Bryndis?  If you haven't you're not alone.  They are artists whose sales ranks on Amazon are 4,752, 17,000 and 183,187, respectively.  These are all working artists who live well outside the mainstream …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Tim Westergren: Some artists make over $2 million with Pandora  —  Updated.  Pandora founder Tim Westergren revealed at the SF Musictech Summit in San Francisco Tuesday that some artists are making over $2 million dollars in revenue with his company's service.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Lightning Authentication Reportedly Cracked, Unauthorized Third-Party Cables Coming  —  Chinese firm iPhone5mod has introduced (via M.I.C. gadget) a new iPhone 5 Flash Lightning Dock, marking one of the first claimed efforts to implement Apple's Lightning connector standard on a mass production basis.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Box announces it has over 14 million users with 92% of Fortune 500 companies using service  —  Aaron Levie took the stage today at Box's second annual Boxworks conference to give an address about the company and its future, complete with his humorous commentary.
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 …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Reed Hastings Won't Be Returning To Microsoft's Board, Will Skip Re-Election  —  Today, Microsoft announced a shakeup on the board side of the company by announcing that Reed Hastings will not be seeking re-election.  —  Here's what Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, had to say about the departure:
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone Usage Among U.S. Teens Hits 40% as iPad Continues to Gain Traction  —  Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster today released a report outlining the results of his semi-annual survey of U.S. teenagers, revealing that iPhone and iPad usage continues to surge among the demographic.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
As of today, developers can let you try subscription content before you buy it in their Google Play apps  —  Google developers now have the option to offer a ‘try before you buy’ for subscription content in their Google Play apps.  Google launched in-App subscriptions back in May of this year …
Eric Savitz / Forbes:
Research In Motion: No BB10 Debut Until March, Analyst Says  —  Research In Motion is not likely to launch the much-anticipated BlackBerry 10 operating system software until March 2013, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek asserts in a research note.  To date, the company has only said it expects …
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET:
McDonald's offers free use of iPads  —  An enterprising McDonald's in Virginia Beach, Va., decides that a suitable incentive for its customers is to offer them mounted iPads to peruse while they chew.  —  I have it on very good authority that many Apple fanpersons eat at McDonald's simply because they serve Big Macs.
More: VentureBeat and 9to5Mac
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Is this LG's Nexus phone? (update)  —  A steady stream of recent rumors have suggested that Google's next volley of Nexus devices will include an LG smartphone, and a new gallery of photos posted by an xda-developers forum member might give us our first peek at what the handset is going to look …
DealBook:
Workday Raises I.P.O. Range to $24 to $26  —  Initial public offerings have largely sputtered in the last few weeks, but the dismal environment has done little to dent investors' enthusiasm for Workday, a maker of human resources software.  —  The company disclosed on Tuesday that it was raising …
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.
More: Fortune and Wired
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Walmart Begins Testing Same-Day Delivery In Select Markets  —  The world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer, Walmart, is today announcing its plans to test a “same-day” delivery service in select markets called “Walmart To Go.”  The program, beginning now, will run through the holiday season …
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
Twitter Founders, Valley Tech Giants Launch Concept Video To Make SF Smarter  —  “It'd be awesome to use technology to fix some of the problems that San Franciscans see every day,” says Twitter chairman and Square founder Jack Dorsey, in an all-star video promoting San Francisco's new open government and tech advocacy group, sf.citi.
David Kravets / Wired:
Supreme Court Terminates Warrantless Electronic Spying Case  —  Behind this door at an AT&T San Francisco office is a switching room where the NSA allegedly siphoned Americans' communications.  Photo: Mark Klein  —  The Supreme Court closed a 6-year-old chapter Tuesday …
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 …
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 …

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