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October 10, 2012, 6:00 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 …
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.
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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
PC shipments to decline in 2012 for the first time since dot-com bust, can Windows 8 save the day?  —  The global PC market will see worldwide shipments decline this year, which will mean a drop for the first time in 11 years, according to IHS' iSuppli.  More specifically …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Google tweaks mobile home page with new hidden services sidebar  —  Google offers a host of apps for both Android and iOS, but that doesn't mean it is neglecting its mobile web presence.  The company often rolls out little tweaks to various services, the latest of which is a redesign of its mobile search homepage.
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 …
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Here's Business Insider's Crazy New Strategy to Boost Ad Revenue  —  Sponsored Content Business, ‘Brand Insider’ Expected to Generate 50% of Ad Revenue  —  Get ready for more slideshows on Business Insider, but this time with a twist: they'll be paid for by an advertiser and likely include some nod to a brand's product or service.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Says Its Ads Make Money for Politicians  —  Can you sway someone's vote with 140 characters?  Hard to tell.  But you can get them to cough up some money for your campaign.  —  That's the thrust of a new study from Twitter and Web traffic tracker Compete out this afternoon.
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.
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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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.
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 …
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 …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Cuts Back On Open Graph Actions, Automated Wall Spam  —  Facebook giveth and Facebook taketh.  When the company first talked about the Open Graph at the last f8 developer conference in San Francisco last year, there was the promise of a whole slew of apps that would have many types …

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