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October 18, 2012, 12:30 PM

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The Next Web:
Troubled media sharing startup Color Labs said to be acquired by Apple  —  Color Labs, the photo-and-video-sharing social network that received much criticism over its pre-launch $41 million funding round, is about to be acquired by Apple.  We've heard through trusted sources that the startup …
BBC:
Apple loses UK tablet design appeal versus Samsung  —  A UK judge had said he thought few people would confuse the Galaxy Tab 10 with Apple's iPad  —  Apple has lost its appeal against a UK ruling that Samsung had not copied the design of its iPad.  —  A judge at the High Court in London …
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Apple Forced To Publicly Apologize In The UK For Claiming Samsung Copied The iPad  —  Apple will have to publish an apology to Samsung in various UK media saying Samsung did not copy Apple's iPad design for the Galaxy Tab tablet, the BBC reports.  —  The judges said Apple has to publish …
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
AT&T sounds alarm over Sprint's Clearwire deal  —  AT&T is urging regulators to take a close look at Sprint's recent deals with Softbank and Clearwire.  —  Softbank, a Japanese cellphone service provider, has agreed to buy control of Sprint, the third largest U.S. carrier.
Ben Berkowitz / Reuters:
Sprint Nextel assumes majority stake in Clearwire  —  (Reuters) - Wireless carrier Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N) has acquired voting control of Clearwire Corp (CLWR.O) after buying out one of the company's other shareholders, Sprint said in a securities filing on Thursday.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Nokia's Q3 2012: $754 million operating loss, $9.49 billion in net sales, 2.9 million Lumia phones sold  —  Beleaguered phone maker Nokia this morning published its financial results for the third quarter of 2012, reporting a $754 million (576 million euros) operating loss on $9.49 billion in net sales (7.239 billion euros).
Charles Graeber / Wired:
Megaupload Is Dead.  Long Live Mega!  —  They've been indicted by the U.S. government for conspiracy and briefly thrown in jail, but Kim Dotcom and his partners in the digital storage locker Megaupload have no intention of quitting the online marketplace.  —  Instead the co-defendants plan …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
AOL launches Alto webmail client, its biggest conceptual leap since 'you've got mail'  —  An uneven, but thoughtful and innovative attempt at reinventing email  —  AOL today announced Alto, a web-based IMAP email client that lets you manage multiple email accounts on one website.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Interview: Tapbots' Mark Jardine on Tweetbot, designing for the Mac and how to nest a bird on the dock  —  The development team of Tapbots has slowly gained a reputation for crafting polished and clever apps with a unique robotic theme.  The pair behind the company include programmer Paul Haddad and designer Mark Jardine.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Nobody “Goes Online” Anymore  —  A large survey of Internet users found that they say they spend fewer hours per week online than they did a year ago.  —  Wait, really?  —  Well, it's a matter of perception.  This was a Forrester survey, and people were asked how much time they spend using the Internet.
More: TechSpot
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Newsweek to Cease Print Publication at End of Year  —  Updated Newsweek, the weekly magazine that for decades summarized the news for households across the United States but struggled to maintain relevance in the Internet era, announced on Thursday that it would cease print publication at the end of the year.
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.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Verizon reports Q3 wireless service revenues up 7.5 percent, LTE now available to 250 million people  —  The folks at Verizon are revelling in their third consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, having reported a 14.3 percent overall increase in earnings per share year-over-year.
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
Business Cards Do High-Tech Work  —  To read everything on Frank Zhao's business cards, you need a computer.  —  The 22-year-old computer programmer and biotech-company intern has cards made out of a standard, green circuit board.  Plug the corner of one into a USB port, hit “caps lock” …
More: ZDNet
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Where Google Ventures Is Searching Now  —  Bill Maris runs Google Ventures, which has been a significant player in Silicon Valley's latest technology boom, pouring over $300 million into more than 130 companies in the past few years.  —  The venture arm of Google Inc. has invested …
Darren Dahl / New York Times:
As Pay-Per-Click Ad Costs Rise, Small Businesses Search for Alternatives  —  When Tom Telford helped found a vacation rental management company, Blue Creek Cabins, in 2001, he wanted a quick and easy way to connect with people looking to rent the 20 cabins he and his partner managed in and around the mountains of picturesque Helen, Ga.
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.
Ryan Gallagher / Slate:
New “Surveillance-Proof” App To Secure Communications Has Governments Nervous  —  Silent Circle promises to make encryption easy for everyone.  —  Lately, Mike Janke has been getting what he calls the “hairy eyeball” from international government agencies.
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
City E-Mails Outline Policy Debate on Street-Hail Apps  —  In late August, as a taxi-hailing smartphone application neared its debut in New York City's yellow cabs, David S. Yassky, the chairman of the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission, presented three options in an e-mail to city officials.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Twitter Takes First Country-Specific Censorship Action, Against Hate Group In Germany  —  Earlier this year, Twitter added the ability to block Twitter accounts and tweets by a country-by-country basis, in case it needed to respond to legal requests.  Nine months later, the company has done …

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