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October 12, 2012, 3:50 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Ann Zimmerman / Wall Street Journal:
Best Buy to Match Online Prices  —  Retailer Will Match Online Prices, Shrugs off ‘Showrooming’  —  Best Buy Co. is planning to match the prices of Internet competitors such as Amazon.com Inc. this holiday season, even as it plays down its concerns over shoppers browsing gadgets in stores only to buy them for less online.
Ron Amadeo / Android Police:
Exclusive: Upcoming Gmail For Android 4.2 Will Finally Have Pinch-To-Zoom, Swipeaway Delete/Archive [Video]  —  Today, we are thrilled to share some exciting news about the next version of Gmail for Android.  We may or may not be in possession of an unreleased version of Gmail …
BBC:
Kindle Fire HD and Paperwhite sales make Amazon no profit  —  Amazon boss Jeff Bezos discusses the Kindle Fire HD  —  Amazon has confirmed it will not make a profit from sales of its latest Kindle tablet and e-reader devices.  —  “We sell the hardware at our cost, so it is break-even on the hardware …
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 …
Tim-o-tato / Droid Life:
Version 3.9.16 of Google Play Allows for Removal of Apps From “All Apps” List  —  Today, there is a new version of the Google Play APK out for Android users.  Version 3.9.16 brings the ability to remove a single or a list of applications from the “All Apps” list inside the application.
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 …
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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 …
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 …
More: TechCrunch and PC World
Bloomberg:
Google German Criminal Street View Probe Said to Be Dropped  —  German prosecutors will drop a criminal probe into whether Google Inc. (GOOG) illegally gathered wireless-network data for its Street View mapping service, two people familiar with the issue said.
Casey Newton / CNET:
As mobile rises, desktop search declines for the first time  —  Analysts at the Macquarie Group say mobile devices could account for a third of all search traffic by year's end.  —  In a sign of the mobile-centric times, desktop Web search declined in September for the first time since Macquarie Group began tracking it in 2006.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
First Results Are In: Facebook's New Custom Audience CRM Ads Increase Conversions And Lower Costs  —  Just three weeks after Facebook formally launched Custom Audience ads that can target people by lists of email addresses or phone numbers, TechCrunch has attained the first reports on their performance and they're promising.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Ellison eyes fellow billionaire's AEG empire - sources  —  (Reuters) - Oracle Corp's Larry Ellison, known for his taste for the finer things in life, is now intrigued by a multibillion dollar sports and entertainment empire.  —  Ellison, who recently bought a Hawaiian island …
More: CNET
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 …

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