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October 16, 2012, 11:15 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 …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Windows 8 Review  —  Microsoft is giving Windows its most radical overhaul since 1995 and even its most devoted users won't recognize the venerable computer operating system in this new incarnation, called Windows 8, when it appears Oct. 26.  —  [ See post to watch video ]
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.
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) …
Dhanya Skariachan / Reuters:
Best Buy to price its own Android tablet at $239-$259 -source  —  (Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc is planning to price its own Android tablet “Insignia Flex” at $239 to $259, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.  —  The tablet will compete with Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches Disavow Links Tool  —  Google has launched a new and widely anticipated “disavow links” tool.  The tool was announced by the head of Google's web spam team Matt Cutts, when speaking during a keynote at the Pubcon conference today.  —  The tool is live and can be found here.
Graham Spencer / MacStories:
Mapping The Entertainment Ecosystems of Apple, Microsoft, Google & Amazon  —  The choice of what phone or tablet to buy is one that often involves many considerations, chief amongst those is the physical device and the operating system that it runs.  But I think there is a third fundamental consideration …
More: App Advice
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 …
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.
James Day / Metro:
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos calls for governments to end patent wars  —  So-called patent wars have raged in the smartphone and tablet era, with Apple and Samsung most consistently at loggerheads over their products.  —  The tech giants have had mixed results in the courtroom, however …
More: CNET and GeekWire
Scott Guthrie / ScottGu's Blog:
Windows Azure Mobile Services: New support for iOS apps, Facebook/Twitter/Google identity, Emails, SMS, Blobs, Service Bus and more  —  A few weeks ago I blogged about Windows Azure Mobile Services - a new capability in Windows Azure that makes it incredibly easy to connect your client …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Apple snaps up celebrity-backed Web app firm Particle  —  Apple has bought a San Francisco-based HTML5 Web and Web app design firm backed by Justin Timberlake.  —  Call it an “acqui-hire.”  —  Apple has snapped up Particle, a San Francisco-based creative consulting company that specializes …
Lisa Vaas / Naked Security:
India spews more spam than ever before, report finds  —  You can thank India for about one out of six spam messages cluttering your inbox.  —  SophosLabs's most recent “dirty dozen” report, which details the world's top spam-relaying countries, finds that India has topped the charts for the third quarter in a row.
More: CNET and The Next Web
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.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
ITC to investigate VirnetX patent complaint against Apple  —  The International Trade Commission says it will look into whether iPhones, iPads, and Macs infringe on a security company's patent.  —  The U.S. International Trade Commission announced today that its members have voted to begin …
More: USITC

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