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October 12, 2012, 7:55 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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: ZDNet and Reuters
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
More: Daily Dot and Guardian
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.

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