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October 13, 2012, 5:45 PM

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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Asus Vivo Tab RT pre-sales begin, first Windows RT tablet starts at $599.99  —  We were warned that Windows RT tablets wouldn't be cheap, and those warnings have now been confirmed.  The Asus Vivo Tab RT, formerly known as the Tablet 600, is now available for pre-order for $599.99 …
Victoria Barret / Forbes:
What Workday's IPO Success Says About Software  —  Enterprise software firm Workday finally debuted in the public markets this week.  It did so in an anything but Facebook-like manner.  The target price was raised before the IPO, but conservatively enough to leave a 73% pop in the stock at the start of trading.
Olivia Oran / Reuters:
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Amazon to Kindle customers: There's an antitrust refund incoming  —  Amazon has begun notifying Kindle users that they may have a refund on ebook purchases in the pipeline, in the aftermath of the antitrust settlement around price-fixing by publishers.  The message, sent out to users …
More: CNET, Ars Technica and ReutersThanks:@c_davies
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
U.S. Postal Service Plans To Launch Experimental Same-Day Delivery Service In November  —  The United States Postal Service (USPS) just informed the Postal Regulatory Commission that it plans to launch an experimental same-day delivery service called Metro Post.
More: Bloomberg and The Verge
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Apple rethinking Samsung chip partnership, say sources  —  Apple appears to be in the process of shifting chip production from Samsung to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.  —  Apple has begun the process of lessening its dependency on Samsung for chipmaking, an analyst told CNET.
Arno Schuetze / Reuters:
Deutsche Telekom aims closing MetroPCS deal in second-quarter 2013: report  —  (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE) aims to complete the merger of its T-Mobile U.S. unit with MetroPCS (PCS.N) between April and June 2013, Chief Financial Officer Timotheus Hoettges told a German newspaper.

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