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October 10, 2012, 8:05 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.
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 …
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.
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Microsoft CEO sees company becoming more like Apple  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has signaled a new direction for the world's largest software company, pointing to hardware and online services as its future, taking a page from long-time rival Apple Inc.
More: TechEye, The Loop and memeburnTweets: @rajatagr
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 …
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 and CNN
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.
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 …
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.
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.
AllThingsD:
Twitter Buys Vine, a Video Clip Company That Never Launched  —  If Twitter ends up running its own video service, this should help: The messaging service has bought Vine, a video sharing startup.  —  We don't have terms for the deal, but this looks like a lot like an acqhire …
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?
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
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.
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.

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