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October 15, 2012, 10:40 PM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Apple Nabs Amazon A9 Exec Stasior to Run Siri — But Does Hire Signal a Bigger Move Into Search?  —  Apple has hired major Amazon exec and prominent search technologist William Stasior to run its Siri unit, according to sources.  —  At the online retail giant, Stasior has been in charge of A9 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple also planning new Mac minis for launch alongside smaller iPad  —  Alongside the smaller iPad, Apple plans to announce a new version of its Mac mini.  Sources say that these Mac minis will come in two standard configurations, with different storage and processor options, and a third model that runs OS X Server.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display confirmed for Apple event  —  Alongside the smaller iPad, Apple will debut a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, according to a consistently reliable source at a high-profile U.S. retailer.  —  This new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina Display …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
The $56 Million Man: Yahoo Confirms Hiring of Google's De Castro as COO  —  Yahoo said today in a regulatory filing that it had hired one of Google's top sales execs, Henrique De Castro, as its COO.  —  Earlier today, I had reported that CEO Marissa Mayer had been close to nabbing the exec …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
First Microsoft Surface ad airs on national TV ahead of October 26th release  —  Microsoft's first ad for its Surface tablet will start to air on national TV this evening.  The software maker will air the ad during Monday Night Football on ESPN.  Following the initial Windows 8 TV ads …
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Xbox: The new face of ‘entertainment’ at Microsoft, beyond just video games  —  The most striking takeaway from a recent meeting I had with Xbox Music GM Jerry Johnson wasn't the Spotify-like service he was in New York City to show off, but rather what he said about a much larger internal change at Microsoft.
More: Joystiq and TechSpot
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Apple's new iPod touch takes a step back: No light sensor  —  After raving about my new iPod touch last week, I've continued to happily use the device; until this weekend, that is.  I actually thought my iPod touch was broken, in fact.  Turns out that the device is just fine and functioning as it should.
Tim Cushing / Techdirt:
Textbook Publisher Pearson Takes Down 1.5 Million Teacher And Student Blogs With A Single DMCA Notice  —  If there's one thing we've seen plenty of here at Techdirt, it's the damage a single DMCA takedown notice can do.  From shuttering a legitimate ebook lending site to removing negative reviews …
More: Ars TechnicaTweets: @dangillmor
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Circa's New iOS App Will Change The Way You Consume News  —  The way that we consume information on the Internet has changed dramatically over the years.  The main reason is because there is simply more content available to us than we could ever consume during our time on Earth.
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Americans Paying More for LTE Service  —  BERLIN — Does LTE, the superfast wireless service based on Long Term Evolution technology, cost too much in the United States?  A recent study by the research arm of the GSM Association, a group based in London that represents mobile operators, suggests that may be the case.
Julian Assange / TwitLonger:
Basic solidarity in WikiLeaks & Anonymous  —  Freedom isn't free, justice isn't free and solidarity isn't free.  They all require generosity, self-discipline, courage and a sense of perspective.  Groups with unity flourish and those without unity are destroyed and replaced by those who have it.
Tweets: @tim and @evgenymorozov
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google TV finally gets added to a TV set-top box... in Korea  —  Google has sealed its first set-top box deal for its Google TV platform: Customers of South Korea's LG UPlus IPTV subscription service can now chose to get a Google TV-powered set-top box instead of their plain old cable box.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google ‘to be told to unravel privacy policy’  —  French data protection commissioner's ruling that web giant must separate user data could have global impact, say sources  —  Google will be told on Tuesday to unravel the controversial changes introduced in March to its European privacy policy, legal sources have told the Guardian.
Bloomberg:
Apple Appeals Tokyo Court's Ruling for Samsung in Lawsuit  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) appealed a Tokyo ruling that said Samsung Electronics Co. didn't infringe on the iPhone maker's patent as the world's top two smartphone sellers continue their global legal dispute.
More: CNET and AllThingsD
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Samsung official cites serious chip rift with Apple — report  —  Samsung has probably been the largest single component supplier to Apple and has collaborated with Apple on chip development.  That relationship may be coming to an end, according to a report.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Samsung reveals lineup, pricing on Windows 8 hybrids & ultrabooks (photos)  —  NEW YORK CITY — Korean electronics giant Samsung has been steadily revenaling details about its lineup of Windows 8 PCs and tablet hybrids, but tonight we finally have what appears to be the finalized lineup and prices of the new devices.
Sarah Mitroff / Wired:
Startups: GrabCAD Is Building Community in 3-D  —  GrabCAD hosts CAD files for everything from sports cars to machine parts  —  You've engineered a mockup for a stunning two-seater.  The body is sleek, the wheels look ready to pounce, and the headlights are straight out of sci-fi fan fiction.
Steve Lohr / NYT Bits:
In the High-Tech Patent Wars, an Inventor's Lament  —  A long, narrative article we ran last week on the challenges facing the patent system, “The Patent, Used as a Sword,” prompted a lot of comments, and we posted more than 275 of them.  —  But I thought it might be worthwhile to present one more …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Congressman warns FTC: Leave Google alone  —  Says antitrust action against Google “defies all logic.”  —  A Democratic congressman who played a leading role in the fight against the Stop Online Piracy Act earlier this year has taken up a new cause: shielding Google from antitrust scrutiny.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Square officially ends its New York taxi pilot  —  After seven months of testing an iPad-based payment system in New York taxis, Square is officially terminating its pilot, well short of its original planned ending date, according to a letter sent to the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission on Friday.

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