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October 10, 2012, 12:35 AM

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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
‘iPad mini’ likely to be Wi-Fi-only - but revised 9.7in model will offer UK 4G  —  Industry sources increasingly confident that Apple will move into 7in tablet market, but will also launch revised iPads  —  Apple's expected “iPad mini” will only come in a Wi-Fi version …
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Ballmer to Microsoft shareholders: ‘a fundamental shift [is] underway in our business’  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has hinted at Microsoft's shift towards a devices and services company previously, but this year's letter to shareholders spells it out very clearly.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft executive pay: CEO Ballmer and President Sinofsky dinged over browser-ballot issue  —  Summary: The salaries and incentive awards for Microsoft's CEO and some of its top executives are public.  Redmond's European browser-ballot problem didn't sit well with the evaluation committee.
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.
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
The Do Not Track standard has crossed into crazy territory  —  Summary: The advertising industry wants to change the definition of Do Not Track into something Orwell would be proud of.  One influential member of the W3C working group says he's lost the energy to go on.  Is it time to kill Do Not Track?
Brandon Savage / The Box Blog:
Announcing the Bigger, Better, All-New Box Experience  —  Our CEO, Aaron Levie, just finished his big keynote at BoxWorks earlier, where he made some major announcements about what we're doing with Box.  Our vision: make it incredibly easy for our customers - 140,000 businesses and 14 million users …
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 …
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:
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 …
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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.
Troy Wolverton / Mercury News:
Exclusive: Assets of Palo Alto gaming company OnLive were sold off for just $4.8 million  —  Venture capitalist Gary Lauder paid just $4.8 million for the remnants of OnLive when the company went through its insolvency process this summer, a letter obtained by this newspaper reveals.
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Slingbox 350 and 500 review: Sling Media finally upgrades its line of media streamers  —  It's hard to believe that the Slingbox has been around for seven years, but that only makes it harder to accept these are the first retail models that have been released since 2008.
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 …

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