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October 17, 2012, 10:25 PM

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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google hosting Android event Monday, Oct 29th in New York  —  Google has issued an invite to an event in New York City on October 29th at 10am.  The purpose of the event is unknown aside from the fact that it has something to do with Android, and that the invite states “The playground is open.”
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
More: TechCrunch
Mark Milian / Bloomberg Tech Blog:
How a YouTube Exec Built an Army With Google's ‘20 Percent Time’  —  Google has promoted its “20 percent time” option as a way to encourage employees to be entrepreneurial.  —  Officially, Hunter Walk has fewer than a dozen engineers working for him at YouTube on developing services for nonprofits and activists.
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 …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft Office 365: More new packages and prices coming in November  —  Summary: There are even more versions of Microsoft's Office 365 than we've thought.  Another small-business and a mid-size business release are on deck.  And here's pricing for the lot.  —  Mary Jo Foley
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. …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Uber launches taxi service in San Francisco after New York retreat  —  Uber admitted just yesterday that it was dropping the taxi component of its service for New York residents due to regulatory disputes, but that's not stopping the company from moving forward: it's launching a similar service in San Francisco today.
More: Uber Blog
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook launches ‘global pages’ for brands to offer localized experiences  —  Facebook today announced the launch of “global pages,” a new structure that allows international brands to maintain a single fan page with localized experiences for users in different countries.
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 …
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.

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