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October 17, 2012, 4:40 PM

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Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Color: We Are Not Shutting Down  —  Color, the photo-sharing website which became well-known for securing $40 million in venture capital but has since had a bumpy road with lagging user numbers and turmoil at the executive levels, is not winding down operations, contrary to an anonymously-sourced report …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Moves to The Cloud, Becomes Raid-Proof  —  The Pirate Bay is loved by millions of file-sharers but is also a thorn in the side of the entertainment industries.  —  The latter group continues to push authorities to take action against the site.  The Pirate Bay was raided back in 2006 …
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 …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center  —  If you're looking for the beating heart of the digital age — a physical location where the scope, grandeur, and geekiness of the kingdom of bits become manifest—you could do a lot worse than Lenoir, North Carolina.
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
How Obama or Romney Should Have Answered the iPad Question  —  Toward the end of last night's presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney, the moderator, CNN's Candy Crowley, asked a perfectly legitimate question, one that Obama himself is once reported to have asked …
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.
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
MasterCard Is Selling Your Data Just in Time for the Holidays  —  Credit card companies make money by taking a cut every time you swipe your plastic at the checkout counter.  Now MasterCard has found a way to make those swipes pay over and over again.  —  As the Financial Times first reported …
Élyse Betters / 9to5Mac:
Foxconn official says iPhone 5 supply shortages caused by complicated design, productivity improving  —  The Wall Street Journal spoke with an unnamed Hon Hai executive today about why the iPhone 5 is experiencing supply shortages, and the Taiwanese manufacturer, also known as Foxconn …
David Talbot / Technology Review:
Computer Viruses Are “Rampant” on Medical Devices in Hospitals  —  A meeting of government officials reveals that medical equipment is becoming riddled with malware.  —  Computerized hospital equipment is increasingly vulnerable to malware infections, according to participants in a recent government panel.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
A $99 Nexus tablet could spawn a new race to the bottom, but is it possible yet?  —  Yes, but not without compromises  —  Earlier today, perpetual rumor-mill DigiTimes reported that Google was readying a $99 Nexus tablet for release by the end of the year.
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Violin Memory Said to File IPO With $2 Billion Valuation  —  Violin Memory Inc., a maker of flash memory for data centers, filed to go public last month under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, said two people familiar with the matter.  —  The deal is being led by JPMorgan Chase & Co. …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Samsung confirms US Galaxy S III handsets will get Android 4.1 ‘in the coming months’  —  Galaxy S III owners, your wait for Jelly Bean might be nearing and end.  Samsung just confirmed that all US variants of its flagship Android phone will receive an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Klout Updates iPhone App With Passbook Integration, Wants You To “Show Off” With Klout Card  —  Online social influence is something that can really rub people the wrong way.  Klout obviously believes in it wholeheartedly; others, not so much.  Now, in a move that's sure to generate …
John Letzing / Digits:
Google Stays Ahead of Silicon Valley Pack on Engineer Salaries  —  Google Inc. is staying well armed in at least one aspect of the ongoing battle for Silicon Valley talent.  —  The Mountain View, Calif., Internet company has faced a wave of competition in hiring in recent years thanks …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Thanks To Marketplace And PayPal Growth, eBay's Q3 Revenue Up 15 Percent To $3.4B, Net Income Up 22 Percent  —  eBay just released Q3 earnings this afternoon, reporting earnings per share of $0.55 on revenue of $3.4 billion.  Analysts expected EPS of $0.54 and revenue of $3.4 billion for Q3 2012.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Larry Page Speaks (Yes, He Speaks!) on Regulation and Other Topics (Video)  —  Larry Page is back from his vocal-cord-recovery hiatus, and he answered questions on Tuesday at the company's Zeitgeist Americas partner and customer conference in Arizona.  —  Page, whose rested voice seemed much improved …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Rumors and Speculation of November 2 ‘iPad Mini’ Launch Building  —  Earlier today, Geeky Gadgets reported that it has received word from a retailer in the United Kingdom indicating that the “iPad mini” will be launching on November 2 in at least the United States and UK …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
4G spectrum spat settled: Sirius and AT&T can coexist after all  —  The Federal Communications Commission gives its blessing to a plan that paves the way for AT&T to use the WCS spectrum band to add capacity to its 4G LTE network.  —  The Federal Communications Commission has paved …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Wants To Dominate Paid Discovery By Now Letting Any Developer Buy Mobile App Install Ads  —  App developers pay huge sums for ads that gets them installs, and Facebook wants to gobble up that spend.  So today Facebook begins allowing all developers to buy its recently announced app install ads …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Mayer Tells Ad Sales Staff That New COO De Castro Will Start in Mid-November  —  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer just told the company's advertising sales staff that new COO Henrique De Castro will start around November 12, which clears up a big musical-chairs issue related to the departure of Chief Revenue Officer Michael Barrett.
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?

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