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October 17, 2012, 10:40 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 ]
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.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
$499 Microsoft Surface preorders slip to three weeks  —  The least expensive Surface tablet has raked in enough preorders to push shipments back a few weeks.  —  Are we seeing the first signs of keen consumer interest in Microsoft Surface?  —  Answer: at this stage — the first day of preorders …
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 …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
HTC J Butterfly preview: a stunning 5-inch 1080p phone for Japan (video)  —  440ppi Super LCD 3 sets the new standard in smartphone displays  —  The rumors were true: HTC has been working on a new flagship phone with a 5-inch 1080p display, and we got to see it in Tokyo today.
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.
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.
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Retail: Amazon's Next Big Business Is Selling You  —  Facebook knows who your friends are.  Google knows what you're interested in finding on the internet.  Amazon knows what you've bought, and has a pretty good idea of what you might want to buy next.  —  If you were an advertiser, which company's data sounds most valuable to you?
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
UK retailer Argos confirms Google to offer 32GB Nexus 7, available for £199.99  —  With Apple all but certain to introduce a new, smaller iPad at its San Jose launch event next week, Google appears to have plans of its own to make its popular Nexus 7 more attractive to consumers by offering …
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 …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Mobile Milestone: The Number Of Smartphones In Use Passed 1 Billion In Q3, Says Strategy Analytics  —  We are just getting into reporting season, where some (but not all) handset makers tell us how many handsets they've sold in the last three months, but Strategy Analytics has taken a punt …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patents for Camera & NFC Alternative Technologies  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of thirty-two newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  In our final granted patent report of the day we focus on Apple's new NFC Alternative technology …
Justin Lafferty / AllFacebook:
STUDY: Pinterest Tops Facebook In Shopping Engagement  —  As Facebook enters the e-commerce game, a new study shows that it still has work to do to catch up with Pinterest.  According to statistics from Bizrate Insights, 69 percent of online consumers who visit Pinterest have found …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Charts: VC deals rise in Q3, but investment totals shrink  —  U.S. venture capital totals show an upsurge in deals, but a dip in investing.  —  Venture capitalists are investing in more seed-stage startups, leading to a flurry of deal activity not seen since the dot-com boom era.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Payments Platform Braintree Raises $35M From NEA, Accel To Take On PayPal And Square  —  Braintree, an online payments gateway provider for online and mobile platforms, has raised $35 million in Series funding led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from existing investors …
Roberta Cowan / Reuters:
Chip gear maker ASML buys Cymer for $2.5 billion  —  (Reuters) - The world's leading chip gear maker ASML is buying U.S. group Cymer for 1.95 billion euros ($2.5 billion) to get control of a light-based technology crucial to making the smaller, smarter chips of the future.

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