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October 17, 2012, 4:35 AM

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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 ]
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 …
Bonnie Cha / AllThingsD:
How Much Tablet Does $500 Get You?  Microsoft Surface vs. iPad vs. Galaxy Note 10.1.  —  Today, Microsoft finally revealed pricing for its upcoming Surface tablet, with the 32 gigabyte model of the Windows RT slate set to go for $499 ($599 with touch keyboard) and the 64GB model priced at $699 with the keyboard cover.
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 …
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.
Ken / Popehat:
A Few Words On Reddit, Gawker, and Anonymity  —  Perhaps you've heard of neither Gawker nor Reddit.  That would make you (a) isolated from internet culture and (b) quite arguably lucky.  —  But if you've heard of either of them, then you've probably heard about the internet-drama swirling around them in the last week.
More: 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:
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Larry Page Speaks (Yes, He Speaks!) on Regulation and Other Topics (Full Video)  —  Larry Page is back from his vocal cord recovery hiatus, and answered questions on Tuesday at the company's Zeitgeist Americas partner and customer conference in Arizona.  —  Page, whose rested voice seemed …
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
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Motorola calls stock Android ‘the right thing,’ but bows to Verizon customization  —  Despite being owned by Google, Motorola still has to answer to Verizon  —  One of the biggest questions surrounding the “New Motorola” after the Google acquisition is a simple one: if it's owned by Google …
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 …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga Says Former Employee Admits to Taking Confidential Files  —  A judge has granted Zynga's request to move forward in a lawsuit it filed against a former employee, who is believed to have stolen confidential documents before joining a rival social games maker.
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.
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 …
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
Tim Peterson / Adweek:
Facebook Giving Some Brands a Sneak Peek at Fans' Other Likes Company testing new data offering—but only for ‘priority’ marketers By Tim Peterson  —  Most brands only have a basic understanding of who their Facebook fans are.  They can see gender, age and location breakdowns through Facebook's Insights tool …

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