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October 16, 2012, 2:15 PM

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Surface RT Priced: 32GB For $499 Without Touch Cover, $599 With; 64GB For $699  —  Microsoft today detailed pricing for its Surface tablets, at least those running the scaled down RT version of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system designed for use on low-power processors.
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Microsoft Announces New Surface Details  —  Microsoft Corp. today released new details about its highly anticipated Microsoft Surface, a tablet PC designed to be the ultimate stage for Windows.  In addition to pricing and market availability, the company announced a special limited-quantity pre-order …
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Inside Microsoft's Surface RT Tablet  —  Along with the first pricing and availability details, Microsoft gave us some additional insight into Surface in a tour of the design and engineering facility where the project was first hatched.  —  Microsoft wasn't specific about when work began …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple announces special event for Oct. 23  —  Apple on Tuesday announced a special event to be held on October 23, 2012 in San Jose.  The event is scheduled to take place at 10:00 am PT.  —  Unlike other recent events that have been held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple to launch 24 new iPad models, comprised of iPad minis and perhaps Lightning iPad 3  —  9to5Mac received the above list of iPad mini SKUs today that shows Apple could be set to launch 24 models of the new device.  According to the list that shows four variants (P101, P103, P105, and P107) …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Uber quietly shutting down taxis in New York after fight with regulators, cabbies say  —  Uber denies it, but drivers say the startup is stopping its taxi service after just over a month  —  Uber's “damn the man” strategy may have backfired.  The San Francisco-based startup took a chance …
Travis Kalanick / Uber Blog:
UberTAXI in NYC Shutting Down for Now - NO CHANGES to UberNYC Black Car Service  —  We want to thank all of New York's UberFaithful for giving our NYC TAXI beta a shot over the last month.  It was pretty exciting - for the first time in 30 years, New Yorkers could get a cab without going to the street and putting your arm out.
More: TechCrunch and GigaOM
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.
More: Betabeat and Forbes
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 …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Foxconn admits it breached Chinese labor laws by hiring 14-year-old interns  —  Apple supplier Foxconn has admitted that it did take on intern students as young as 14 years old at its factories after the Taiwanese manufacturing giant published the findings of a report that followed media reports from September.
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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Verizon draws fire for monitoring app usage, browsing habits  —  “We're able to view just everything that they do,” Verizon Wireless exec has boasted.  Privacy groups say the initiative — including linking databases showing whether customers own pets — may violate wiretap law.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
European Data Regulators Slam Google Over Privacy Policy: “Too Large” And Users Need More Control (But Not Illegal)  —  Authorities in Europe today kicked off a fresh wave of scrutiny over Google's privacy policy and called for changes to be made in how Google manages user data, describing Google's scope as “too large”.
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft's Windows 8 a Turnoff for Some Corporate Users  —  Microsoft Corp. has made big changes to its familiar Windows operating system to stay relevant amid booming sales of mobile devices such as Apple Inc.'s iPad.  But some corporate customers worry Microsoft has made its workplace workhorse too unfamiliar.
More: The Verge
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft acquires cloud-storage appliance vendor StorSimple  —  Summary: Microsoft is taking its new ‘devices and services company’ mission to heart on the enterprise side of the house, too.  It just bought a storage-appliance vendor.  —  It looks like Microsoft isn't limiting its …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acqui-Hires Mobile App Development Platform Cabana, Shuts Its Down  —  Twitter has made another acquisition to expand its platform development operation.  It has bought Cabana, a platform for making mobile apps.  Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but the team behind the app …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
ASUS PadFone 2 unveiled in Taiwan, boasts quad-core CPU, LTE, NFC and lighter tablet (video)  —  Today's no doubt a big day for ASUS: while chairman Jonney Shih is gearing up to introduce the PadFone 2 in Milan later today, we just saw CEO Jerry Shen wowing the crowd with the same phone-in-tablet combo back in Taipei.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
GOGII raises $18 milllion from Raine Group, rebrands as textPlus, and moves beyond group messaging  —  The telecommunications industry has been evolving over the past couple of years and today, one of the major players in the industry is announcing a major milestone. textPlus …
More: PandoDaily and PR NewswireThanks:@thekenyeung

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