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October 11, 2012, 1:20 AM

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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Eric Schmidt: Android-Apple Is the Defining Fight in the Industry Today  —  The fight between Google and Apple over mobile devices is great for consumers, but the patent wars that have resulted are awful, said Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, in conversation tonight with our own Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Thomas Gryta / Digits:
T-Mobile Quietly Removes iPhone Image From Marketing Campaign  —  Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile has removed the image of Apple Inc.'s iPhone one month into a marketing campaign that encourages people to bring their unlocked iPhone to the carrier.  —  The marketing push openly invited people …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Amazon gets FCC's OK to sell Kindle Fire 4G tablets  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc received approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to sell its high-end Kindle Fire 4G tablets, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday.  —  Amazon unveiled the new tablets last month, but the devices had not secured FCC clearance.
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 …

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