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October 16, 2012, 4:40 PM

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Microsoft:
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 …
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.
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) …
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.
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Uber quietly shutting down taxis in New York after fight with regulators (update: Uber confirms)  —  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 when it launched …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Can Boxee reinvent cable with the help of a TV antenna?  —  The new Boxee TV offers unlimited recording, Netflix, and movies for $99  —  Input one.  It is the most valuable connector on the back of the average American television — and by extension, the most valuable connector in the average American home.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Announces Massive Update To Its “Pillar Product”, The Profile  —  After CEO Jeff Weiner discussed the mission of LinkedIn, Senior VP of Products and User Experience, Deep Nishar, discussed the company approach to design and iteration, which is extremely interesting.
Eugene Kaspersky / Nota Bene:
Kaspersky Lab Developing Its Own Operating System?  We Confirm the Rumors, and End the Speculation!  —  Hi all!  —  Today I'd like to talk about the future.  About a not-so-glamorous future of mass cyber-attacks on things like nuclear power stations, energy supply and transportation control facilities …
Kyle Wiens / Wired:
Greenwashing the Retina MacBook Pro  —  Apple's latest unsustainable design was just greenlighted by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool registry (EPEAT).  And it's a clear case of greenwashing.  —  Apple's Retina MacBook Pro - the least repairable, least recyclable computer …
More: 9to5Mac
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.
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Intel's Q3 Beats Street's Lowered Expectations  —  Chipmaker Intel just reported its earnings for the third quarter, and given the fact that it warned of declining sales last month, it could have been worse.  —  Per-share earnings were 60 cents on sales of $13.5 billion.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Yahoo Chief Revenue Officer Michael Barrett to Exit  —  Leaves in Wake of Appointment of Google Exec Henrique de Castro As COO  —  Yahoo Chief Revenue Officer Michael Barrett is on his way out at Yahoo, according to a person familiar with the situation.  Mr. Barrett is in the process of negotiating his exit, this person said.
More: VentureBeat and Business InsiderTweets: @karaswisherThanks:@learmonth
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.
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 …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
IBM Reports Q3 Earnings In Line With Expectations: $24.7B In Revenue, $4.2B Net Income, $3.62 EPS  —  IBM just released its Q3 2012 financials.  Big Blue's GAAP earnings came in at $3.8 billion, up 3% from the last quarter.  Non-GAAP earnings were $4.2 billion.
More: Reuters and MarketBeatThanks:@mjburnsy
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Releases The First Stable SDK For Its Dart JavaScript Alternative  —  Google launched Dart, its class-based object-oriented language for writing complex web apps, exactly year ago and to celebrate its birthday, the Dart team is launching the first stable version of the Dart software development kit (SDK) today.
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.

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