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October 16, 2012, 8:55 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
First Microsoft Surface ad airs on national TV ahead of October 26th release  —  Microsoft's first ad for its Surface tablet will start to air on national TV this evening.  The software maker will air the ad during Monday Night Football on ESPN.  Following the initial Windows 8 TV ads …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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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”.
Ian Paul / PC World:
Logitech's illuminated Windows 8 keyboard connects to 3 devices at once  —  Logitech announced on Monday a glowing, Bluetooth keyboard that can connect to as many as three devices simultaneously and switch among them at the press of a button.  —  You could, for example …
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: CNET, GeekWire and SlashGear
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.
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: CNET and GeekWire
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.
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 …
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.
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 …

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