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October 13, 2012, 5:25 AM

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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
The Proposed “Cloud Computing Act of 2012,” and How Internet Regulation Can Go Awry (Forbes Cross-Post)  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar has introduced a new bill, the “Cloud Computing Act of 2012” (S.3569), that purports to “improve the enforcement of criminal and civil law with respect to cloud computing.”
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: Reuters, CNET and ZDNet
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 …
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 …
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.
Christina Bonnington / Wired:
Going Walletless on Vacation: First Challenge, Airport Security  —  A sunrise over the southeastern edge of Oahu.  Photo: Christina Bonnington/Wired  — When Will Your Smartphone Really Replace Your Wallet?  — I'm Going to Spend the Next Month Using My Smartphone as a Wallet
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