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October 16, 2012, 7:05 AM

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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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft reportedly building 3 to 5 million Surface tablets this quarter  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may not have seemed serious about selling the company's Surface tablets, describing them as “just a design point” that the company “may sell a few million” over the next 12 months …
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Samsung reveals lineup, pricing on Windows 8 hybrids & ultrabooks (photos)  —  NEW YORK CITY — Korean electronics giant Samsung has been steadily revealing 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 these new devices.
Sherri L. Smith / LAPTOP Magazine:
Samsung Windows 8 PCs Will Have Start Menu After All  —  Itís a case of now you see it, now you don't and now you do again over at Samsung.  When we first reported on Samsung's first Windows 8 devices, notably the Series 5 and Series 7 Slate, they featured S Launcher …
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 …
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.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Quick, Hide the BlackBerry, It's Too Uncool  —  Rachel Crosby speaks about her BlackBerry phone the way someone might speak of an embarrassing relative.  —  “I'm ashamed of it,” said Ms. Crosby, a Los Angeles sales representative who said she had stopped pulling out her BlackBerry at cocktail parties and conferences.
Tweets: @robpegoraro
Carav / Chipworks:
Inside the Apple Lightning Cable  —  We couldn't help but notice that there is a lot of speculation and discussion (and frankly, a few wild guesses) concerning the functions of the Apple's new lightning connectors.  We don't normally give (a total of five blogs!) this much attention …
More: Gizmodo and MacRumors
David Beren / TmoNews:
MetroPCS Shareholders File Suit To Block Deutsche Telekom Merger  —  According to a brand new lawsuit filed in Dallas, Texas, the merger between T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS is “cheating shareholders” through a “drastically undervalued” merger.  Under the agreed upon terms of the deal …
More: GeekWire, SlashGear and CNET
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.
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.
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: TechSpot and Joystiq
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Amps Up Personal Search to Combine Gmail, Calendar, Drive and More  —  Google is slowly but surely combining its various products so that users can find all their stuff in one place.  —  Starting today, Gmail users will be able to search across their mail, contacts …
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.
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: @evgenymorozov and @tim
Serena Saitto / Bloomberg:
Sprint Said Not to Plan Clearwire Takeover After Softbank Deal  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), which agreed to sell a 70 percent stake to Softbank Corp. (9984) for $20.1 billion, has no immediate plans to take over Clearwire Corp. (CLWR), said people with direct knowledge of the situation.
More: GeekWire
Mark Hearn / Engadget:
Adobe Reader for iOS and Android updated with cloud storage support  —  On Monday, Adobe dropped details for an update to its iOS and Android versions of Reader.  The most noteworthy enhancement here is the introduction of cloud file storage with Acrobat.com, which allows users to view …
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Just under half of US wireless services now owned by foreign multinationals  —  With Softbank's majority stake acquisition of Sprint Nextel Corporation, the amount of foreign interest in the United States wireless market is greatly expanded.  On the other side of the coin …
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.

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