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October 10, 2012, 10:40 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Randall Palmer / Reuters:
Huawei faces exclusion from planned Canada government network  —  (Reuters) - Canada indicated strongly on Tuesday it would exclude Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from helping to build a secure Canadian government communications network because of possible security risks.
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.
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.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Widening Scrutiny of Google's Smartphone Patents  —  For more than a year, the Federal Trade Commission has been conducting a broad antitrust investigation into the way Google runs its Internet search and search advertising businesses.  But in recent months it has added another investigation into Google's competitive behavior.
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 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
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 …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Deezer expands its music platform to 160 countries, launches free service to match Spotify  —  Celebrating its first birthday in the UK, music streaming service Deezer today announced that it has expanded availability even further worldwide and will now be available in 160 countries …
Amar Toor / The Verge:
Logitech unveils Windows 8 peripherals: two mice, one touchpad, lots of gestures  —  Logitech today unveiled three new desktop accessories designed specifically for Windows 8 — the Touchpad T650, Touch Mouse T620, and the Zone Touch Mouse T400.  All three will be available in the US and Europe this month …

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