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October 16, 2012, 9:10 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.
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) …
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Windows Pushes Into the Tablet Age  —  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 ]
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.
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
Reuters:
EU gives Google four months to amend privacy policy  —  (Reuters) - Google has four months to make its privacy policy comply with requests from European Union data protection watchdogs or start facing the possibility of disciplinary action at a national level.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Video Surveillance And Retail Analytics Startup Prism Skylabs Raises $7.5M Andreessen Horowitz, Triangle Peak And Others  —  Prism SkyLabs, a cloud-based service that allows business owners to bring video feeds online, capture images from these feeds and share this data with consumers and the public …
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.

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