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October 10, 2012, 2:55 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Office for iOS and Android reportedly confirmed by Microsoft product manager, due March 2013  —  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.  Speaking at a press event …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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: CNET
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
David Meyer / ZDNet:
‘Heated debate’ fails to resolve FRAND patent issues, but ITU hails clarification  —  Summary: Apple, Motorola and others gathered in Geneva on Wednesday to thrash out some of their differences over standards-essential patents under the auspices of the ITU.  The organisers claim some progress was made …
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.”
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 …
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 …
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.
More: ZDNet and 9to5Mac

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