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October 10, 2012, 4:50 AM

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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
‘iPad mini’ likely to be Wi-Fi-only - but revised 9.7in model will offer UK 4G  —  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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
More: Techie Buzz and BBC
Brandon Savage / The Box Blog:
Announcing the Bigger, Better, All-New Box Experience  —  Our CEO, Aaron Levie, just finished his big keynote at BoxWorks earlier, where he made some major announcements about what we're doing with Box.  Our vision: make it incredibly easy for our customers - 140,000 businesses and 14 million users …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Lightning Authentication Reportedly Cracked, Unauthorized Third-Party Cables Coming  —  Chinese firm iPhone5mod has introduced (via M.I.C. gadget) a new iPhone 5 Flash Lightning Dock, marking one of the first claimed efforts to implement Apple's Lightning connector standard on a mass production basis.
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?
Andrew Klein / Backblaze Blog:
Farming hard drives: how Backblaze weathered the Thailand drive crisis  —  The rain started in August and by mid-October 2011, violent floods in Thailand had crippled the factories that helped produce nearly half of the world's hard drives.  As an online backup company, Backblaze fills more than 50 TB of new drives every day.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Reed Hastings Won't Be Returning To Microsoft's Board, Will Skip Re-Election  —  Today, Microsoft announced a shakeup on the board side of the company by announcing that Reed Hastings will not be seeking re-election.  —  Here's what Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, had to say about the departure:
David Kravets / Wired:
Supreme Court Terminates Warrantless Electronic Spying Case  —  Behind this door at an AT&T San Francisco office is a switching room where the NSA allegedly siphoned Americans' communications.  Photo: Mark Klein  —  The Supreme Court closed a 6-year-old chapter Tuesday …
More: CNET and Ars Technica
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.
More: The Verge
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Slingbox 350 and 500 review: Sling Media finally upgrades its line of media streamers  —  It's hard to believe that the Slingbox has been around for seven years, but that only makes it harder to accept these are the first retail models that have been released since 2008.

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