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October 12, 2012, 10:50 AM

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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 …
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft completes Office 2013 development, available in mid-November for businesses  —  No date for a consumer launch, but February 2013 looks likely  —  Microsoft announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Office 2013 today.  The company's final build of Office 2013 will be avaialable …
Kirk Koenigsbauer / The Microsoft Office Blog:
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Don Clark / Digits:
Chip Design Luminary Leaves Samsung for Apple  —  Samsung recently raised eyebrows by beefing up its team of Texas-based chip designers, including those whose backgrounds pointed to an interest in chips for server systems.  Now one of the most prominent of those recruits has left the South Korean company for Apple .
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 …
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 …
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.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Microsoft To Make Same Privacy Change Google Was Attacked For; No One Seems To Care  —  Earlier this year, Google announced a privacy policy change that was widely covered by tech blogs, the mainstream press and which generated much governmental concern.  Last month, Microsoft announced the same type of change.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple rumored to be expanding iPhone production to Foxconn subsidiary  —  Foxconn International Holdings, a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology and the largest cellphone manufacturer in the world, will reportedly take orders to build certain iPhone models in the company's first-ever Apple partnership.
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.
IAB:
Internet Ad Revenues Rise to Historic $17 Billion in First Half 2012, Up 14% Over Half-Year 2011, According to IAB  —  Mobile Increases Almost Two-Fold Year-Over-Year  —  In the first half of 2012, internet advertising revenues climbed to an all-time high of $17 billion …
Antonio Regalado / Technology Review:
Nathan Myhrvold's Cunning Plan to Prevent 3-D Printer Piracy  —  A patent that covers digital encryption of “objects” could bring copy protection to 3-D printing.  —  Sometime in the none-too-distant future, replacing your favorite coffee mug or creating a new iPhone case might be as simple …

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