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October 10, 2012, 9:35 AM

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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.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
‘iPad mini’ likely to be Wi-Fi-only  —  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 - but there will also be a revised version of the iPad …
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.
Dave Copeland / ReadWriteWeb:
Chrome Extension Protects Privacy Against Google, Facebook & 1,000 Other Sites  —  If you're tired of logging into Facebook to reset your privacy options every time the company updates its user agreement, a new Chrome extension may be the fix you're looking for.
More: Lifehacker
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
How much do Google and Facebook profit from your data?  —  Savvy Internet users know that all the great stuff they get from the Internet for “free”—the searches, the social networks, the games, even the news—isn't really free.  It's an exchange, where companies are able to take user data …
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.
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.
Bloomberg:
Facebook Fought SEC to Keep Mobile Risks Hidden Before IPO Crash  —  When Facebook Inc. (FB) filed its proposal Feb. 1 to go public, it touted the effectiveness of ads linked to customers' friends, citing research from Nielsen, the audience-counting company.
More: Business Insider and bizjournalsTweets: @dhh
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.
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 …
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.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Q&A: Nintendo boss on Wii U vs. AppleTV, Google, Xbox 720 ...  Here are edited excerpts of my interview with Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America.  (photo by Mark Harrison, Times staff photographer)  —  The conversation in his Redmond aerie led to today's column on the upcoming Wii U …
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
To Keep Passwords Safe from Hackers, Just Break Them into Bits  —  Millions of passwords have been stolen from companies such as LinkedIn and Yahoo.  A new approach aims to prevent future heists.
More: BBC and ExtremeTech
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?

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