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October 10, 2012, 11:05 PM

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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.
Lance Ulanoff / Mashable!:
Want to Dispose of Apple's iPod Packaging?  Just Add Water  —  This is a first, at least from Apple.  A portion of the new Fifth-Generation iPod Touch and Seventh Generation iPod Nano's packaging is biodegradable.  Just add water and the EarPod holder dissolves.
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 …
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.
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.
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.”
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Images Dominated By Pictures Of Romney For “Completely Wrong” Search  —  It's not a Google Bomb, but that doesn't make it less embarrassing for US presidential candidate Mitt Romney or Google, that a search on Google Images for “completely wrong” brings up results that are dominated by Romney's picture.
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.
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.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
B.org, M.org, or UR.org sound good?  Public Interest Registry releases 94 never-used short domain names  —  There's a reason why startups have names like BizeeBee and Erply, and it's not just the need to look and sound cool.  Rather, good domain names are hard to find.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook confirms researcher exploited privacy settings to quickly collect user phone numbers  —  Update at 6:00PM EST - How to protect your phone number on Facebook: Three options you and your friends need to know about  —  On Friday, a researcher by the name of Suriya Prakash claimed …
David Kravets / Wired:
Judge Says Fair Use Protects Universities in Book-Scanning Project  —  A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a copyright infringement lawsuit against universities that participated in a massive book-digitization project in conjunction with Google without permission from rights holders.
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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.
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 …
Simon Goodley / Guardian:
Facebook accused of taking UK for a ride over taxes  —  Figures suggest only 11% of sales in UK are declared, with company benefiting from basing its HQ in Dublin  —  Facebook has been accused of taking the British taxpayer for a ride after experts suggested the company had depressed sales figures …
David Meyer / GigaOM:
MyTaxi rides into U.S. market with a trick up its sleeve  —  When it comes to taxi apps for the smartphone, the U.S. has a few to choose from - depending on the city, there's Uber, Hailo... and now, if you're in Washington D.C., there's myTaxi.  —  MyTaxi is actually an older service than the aforementioned upstarts.
Kara Swisher / Harpers Bazaar:
The Other Zuckerberg  —  In the summer of 2005, Randi Zuckerberg was 23 years old and ensconced in her dream job at the advertising firm Ogilvy & Mather in New York City, when her brother, Mark, then 21, sent her an e-mail.  He followed it up with an instant message and a JetBlue ticket.
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 …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Mozilla pulls day-old Firefox 16 from download site over security risk  —  One day after the release of Firefox 16, Mozilla said it has “temporarily removed” the latest version of its browser because of a security flaw that the company is trying to fix as quickly as possible.

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