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October 10, 2012, 5:25 PM

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Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Developers: We warned Apple about iOS maps quality  —  Developers say they gave Apple plenty of warning about issues with its iOS maps app revamp.  —  To the casual observer it might appear that Apple was caught off guard by just how bad its its in-house maps app was.  But the company had plenty of warning.
Amar Toor / The Verge:
Samsung to unveil 4-inch ‘mini’ Galaxy S III on October 11th  —  JK Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications, confirmed today that his company will be releasing a four-inch version of the Galaxy S III on October 11th in Germany.  Shin announced the news during a meeting with Korean press on Wednesday.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S III Mini photo, specs and price leak in Germany  —  German site MobileGeeks has just leaked full specs of the new, Mini version of the Galaxy S III that Samsung confirmed this morning.  As expected, we're looking at a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, with a shrunken resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.
Richard Barley / The TweetDeck Blog:
A new look for TweetDeck  —  Today we updated the TweetDeck app on all our supported platforms - web, Chrome, Mac and Windows.  The update is live now on web.tweetdeck.com.  If you use the Windows app, just restart to trigger an auto-update.  Chrome app users should restart Chrome to update …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Office for iOS and Android reportedly confirmed by Microsoft product manager, due March 2013 (update)  —  Microsoft product manager Petr Bobek has confirmed that the software maker is planning to release native iOS and Android versions of Office 2013 next year.
Bloomberg:
Apple Choice of IPhone Aluminum Said to Slow Down Output  —  This Expert Has Five Big Problems With the iPhone 5  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone 5 supply shortfall is being exacerbated by a quality-control crackdown at Foxconn Technology Group that's designed to cut the number of devices shipped …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Apple iPod touch review (2012)  —  Part MP3 player, part tablet — part point-and-shoot?  —  It all started with an iPod touch, a gift from my parents years ago.  I've since bought a half-dozen more iPods, two iPhones, an iPad, and a MacBook Air.  Somehow I'm sure Apple planned it that way.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
eBay announces site redesign, Pinterest-like discovery feed and the debut of eBay Now in NY and SF  —  Today in New York at its “Future of Shopping” event, eBay has redesigned its site to be much neater and more consistent, featuring a cleaner search page, product page and a streamlined, 1 page checkout experience.
Mike Dano / FierceWireless:
HTC tablets fade from U.S. market, but firm keeps options open  —  SAN DIEGO—HTC has discontinued sales of tablets in the United States.  However, a company executive said the Taiwanese handset maker could re-enter the space if it builds a tablet that could “make a splash.”
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Yahoo CTO Ash Munshi Has Left  —  Yahoo CTO Ash Munshi has left the company, a spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider after we inquired.  —  He was at Yahoo for about a year, having been appointed shortly after Carol Bartz was fired as CEO.  A source familiar with Yahoo's inner workings told us …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
RIM officially opens BlackBerry 10 app submissions ahead of Q1 2013 launch  —  RIM's BlackBerry 10 (BB10) devices might still be months away, but developers are now being asked to start submitting their BB10 apps to the BlackBerry App World, meaning that they will be ready for publishing …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Oyster gets $3M to become the Spotify of books  —  While Amazon launched its own lending library on top of its Amazon Prime service, there's still an opportunity for other competitors to create a Spotify or Netflix for books.  That's the hope of New York City-based Oyster …
More: PandoDaily and OysterThanks:@jeffjohnroberts
Dan Primack / Fortune:
IO Data raises $90 million, eyes IPO  —  A big vote of confidence for the modular model.  —  FORTUNE — IO Data Centers has raised $90 million in new venture capital funding, just one month after landing a major client win with Goldman Sachs.  This brings the Scottsdale …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
The Sparrow team was in talks with Facebook for acquisition before it was scooped up by Google  —  In July of this year, those of us who loved the Mac and iOS mail client Sparrow were shocked when we got the news that the team had been acquired by Google to work on Gmail.
Business Insider:
New Video Breaks Down How An Apple Patent Stomps All Over The 1st Amendment  —  A patent granted to Apple in late-August allows governments to disable iPhones and other smartphones, targeting specific apps even, when they enter what is deemed a “sensitive” area.
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Senator Opens Investigation of Data Brokers  —  The multibillion-dollar data brokerage industry, a growing force in online marketing, is coming under siege.  —  On Wednesday, Senator John D.  “Jay” Rockefeller, a Democrat from West Virginia, opened an extensive investigation into nine leading information brokers.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Confirmed: Apple-owned fingerprint software exposes Windows passwords  —  Security consultants have independently confirmed a serious security weakness that makes it trivial for hackers with physical control of many computers sold by Dell, Acer, and at least 14 other manufacturers to quickly recover Windows account passwords.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Canonical asks desktop users to “pay what you think Ubuntu is worth”  —  Canonical has long made the most popular desktop version of Linux, but actually making money off Ubuntu is easier said than done.  When a typical user downloads Ubuntu for free and installs it on a computer …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Starts Showing Birthdays And Selling Gifts At The Top Of The Mobile News Feed  —  Facebook Gifts could make a lot of money on mobile by getting you to buy presents for friends, but birthdays were buried in Events and celebrations weren't shown on mobile.

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