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October 17, 2012, 6:30 PM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Jack Dorsey:
Let's reconsider our “users” … During a Square Board meeting, our newest Director Howard Schultz, pulled me aside and asked a simple question.  —  “Why do you all call your customers ‘users’?”  —  “I don't know.  We've always called them that.”  —  It wasn't something I've thought about for some time.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Exclusive: White House review finds no evidence of spying by Huawei - sources  —  (Reuters) - A White House-ordered review of security risks posed by suppliers to U.S. telecommunications companies found no clear evidence that Huawei Technologies Ltd had spied for China, two people familiar with the probe told Reuters.
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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.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
BuzzFeed lawsuit over celeb snaps raises copyright questions  —  A photo agency is demanding $1.3 million from BuzzFeed after the viral news site published photos of singer Katy Perry and actress Kathy Griffin.  The case comes at a time when online media is increasingly image-based …
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. …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
Internet providers set to crack down on illegal file-sharing  —  AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and other major Internet service providers are set to implement a copyright alert system aimed at cutting down on illegal peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted material “over the next several weeks,” …
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 …
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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