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October 12, 2012, 11:00 PM

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Likely to Unveil “iPad Mini” at October 23 Event  —  October 10, the date on which Apple was rumored to be distributing invitations to a second fall product event, passed without a word from its Cupertino, Calif., HQ.  The silence from the iconic tech company left some to wonder …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple's hypothetical iPad mini event to have strong iBooks focus  —  In what will likely be completely unsurprising news to many, we've now heard from multiple sources that Apple's as-yet-unannounced iPad mini event will have a strong focus on iBooks.  Since an iPad mini would likely …
More: MacRumors and AppleInsiderThanks:@jerols
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Exclusive: FTC moving closer to Google antitrust case - sources  —  (Reuters) - The majority of top decision-makers at the Federal Trade Commission believe that an antitrust case should be brought against Google Inc (GOOG.O), meaning the search giant could soon be headed into tough negotiations …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Apple agrees on licensing terms for use of iconic Swiss clock design  —  Apple has agreed to pay the Swiss national railway (SBB) for use of its iconic clock design in iOS 6's Clock application.  Last month, Apple was accused of plagiarizing the design, made famous by watchmaker Mondaine …
Chitika Insights:
iPhone 5 Usage Surpasses Samsung Galaxy S III Less than 3 Weeks on Market  —  Apple and Samsung are unquestionably two of the top players in smartphone marketplace.  Following the release of Apple's iPhone 5 on September 21st, Chitika Insights was interested in comparing the Web usage rates of the newest phones from both manufacturers.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Unmasking Reddit's Violentacrez, The Biggest Troll on the Web  —  Last Wednesday afternoon I called Michael Brutsch.  He was at the office of the Texas financial services company where he works as a programmer and he was having a bad day.  I had just told him, on Gchat …
Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
PayPal Said to Be Cutting As Many as 400 Jobs  —  EBay Inc. (EBAY)'s PayPal is cutting as many as 400 jobs, or about 3 percent of the workforce, an effort by President David Marcus to reorganize the payment processor and trim costs, a person with knowledge of the plans said.
More: CNET, Reuters and ZDNet
James Trew / Engadget:
Windows 8 packaging and pricing revealed, standard OEM starting at $99, Pro Pack $139  —  We're almost there.  Just a few more days until the big reveal.  But that doesn't mean there aren't still a few final Windows 8 secrets to be revealed.  Two of those are the price and the packaging …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
AMD to Cut Up to 30 Percent of Workforce  —  Days after warning of a huge sales and earnings miss, chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices is close to announcing a significant reduction in its workforce that could be be made public as early as next week.  —  According to sources familiar …
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Marissa Mayer: Ready to rumble at Yahoo  —  Mayer - No. 3 on the 40 Under 40 - is changing the culture and welcoming new faces to the troubled web company.  But this new chief (and new mom) has miles to go before she sleeps.  —  FORTUNE — On a Friday morning in late August …
Nicole Laporte / Fast Company:
Hulu Struggles To Survive The Influence Of Its Parent Companies  —  Jason Kilar's vision for Hulu transformed web video.  So why is Hulu in trouble and Kilar rumored to be on his way out?  Because his vision transformed web video.  —  It's an unseasonably warm summer day, and Jason Kilar is …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Netflix app for Windows 8 officially available in the Windows Store  —  Windows 8 won't be officially out for another couple of weeks, but that hasn't stopped Netflix from getting its app ready well ahead of time.  The streaming media company just launched its official app for Windows 8 in the Windows Store …
TechCrunch:
Source: Former Nokia Vet Anssi Vanjoki Will Be CEO Of EQT-Owned Vertu, Android To Replace Symbian  —  Word has come through that Nokia has completed its sale of luxury phone brand Vertu to investment firm EQT VI.  But TechCrunch has heard from sources that Anssi Vanjoki …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Driverless Car Draws Political Power  —  Internet Giant Hones Its Lobbying Skills in State Capitols; Giving Test Drives to Lawmakers  —  See one of Google's self-driving cars, which the Internet giant has been developing since 2009.  While the self-driving technology won't be available for years …
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
How Foursquare plans to monetize: no dumb banners, all specific targeting  —  Specific discounts for specific customers — that's the key to Foursquare's future monetization success, according to Dennis Crowley.  —  Speaking to Sarah Lacy at PandoMonthly in New York tonight …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Reading someone's Gmail doesn't violate federal statute, court finds  —  The South Carolina Supreme Court finds that under the Stored Communcations Act, reading someone's cloud-based e-mail is ok.  —  Indrani Soemardjan  —  In a case decided on Wednesday, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled …
Justin Rubio / The Verge:
Asus PadFone 2 video and photos reveal larger 4.7-inch display, redesigned docking station (update)  —  Asus will officially unveil the PadFone 2 during a simultaneous event in Milan and Taipei next week, but Bloomberg TV was able to take an early look at the phone and tablet hybrid, exposing a few never-before-seen features.
Olivia Oran / Reuters:
Shares of Workday soar 72 percent in trading debut  —  (Reuters) - Shares of Workday Inc soared 72 percent in their market debut on Friday, as the market for enterprise software continues to hold strong.  —  The Pleasanton, California-based company, considered a leader in the cloud computing sector …

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