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October 17, 2012, 7:30 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.
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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
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?
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 …
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:
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: memeburn, CNET and GeekWire
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.
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Gigabit Squared plans fiber broadband for Chicago's south side  —  We now know the identity of at least one of the six cities benefiting from Gigabit Squared's ambitious plan to bring to gigabit broadband connectivity to college towns across the US.  Chicago isn't exactly a college town, but it is home of the University of Chicago.
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 …

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