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October 19, 2012, 9:40 AM

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Connor Simpson / The Atlantic Wire:
Watch Reddit's Biggest Troll Defend Himself  —  Michael Brutsch, a 49-year-old man who posted on Reddit under the name Violentacrez until Gawker's Adrian Chen outed him, went on Anderson Cooper 360 to defend himself on camera for the first time.  —  Brutsch's Reddit persona became famous …
Lauren Weinstein / Lauren Weinstein's Blog:
An Internet Monster, Reddit, and Free Speech  —  There are some topics that I just can't wait to write about.  This isn't one of them.  In fact, I've been putting this off for days, basically because I find the underlying theme so personally repugnant and disgusting.  But the topic is important, and proceed we will.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Airtime, a Pedigreed Start-Up, Is Struggling  —  It sounds like a recipe for success for a new start-up: Two famed entrepreneurs, tens of millions of dollars in the bank and endorsements from celebrities like Alicia Keys and Jim Carrey.  —  But Airtime, the much-hyped video chat site created …
More: Business InsiderTweets: @pkafka
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
iPhone Uber-Hacker Comex Is Out At Apple  —  Apple's brief experiment in employing one of the most brilliant hackers to ever vivisect its machines seems to be over.  —  On Thursday the legendary iPhone hacker Comex, who I identified last year as 20-year old Brown University student Nicholas Allegra …
Ilya Pozin / Forbes:
Is Pheed the New Twitter?  —  Miley Cyrus seems to think so.  As does Ashley Tisdale, David Guetta, Paris Hilton, Chris Brown, and thousands of others who have joined the site in a matter of days.  —  So what is Pheed?  —  In short, think of it as Twitter, with a business plan.
More: AllTwitterTweets: @mikko and @counternotions
Dan Moren / Macworld:
iCloud: Sharing done wrong  —  Despite the prominent addition of sharing features in iOS 6 and Mountain Lion, the company's concept of “sharing” is actually a narrow one.  And in an increasingly interconnected era—when people are spending more and more time sharing words, images, files …
More: MacStories
Mike Rogoway / Oregonian:
Apple starts work on massive Prineville data center  —  Apple has begun work on the first, $68 million phase of its new Prineville data center, clearing and flattening land for the one of two, 338,000 square-foot buildings atop the bluff that overlooks town.  —  Each building is more than twice the size of a typical Costco store.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Thoughts on the Display, Price, and Name of the Impending Smaller iPad  —  Ever since last month's Apple event for the iPhone 5 and new iPod Touch, I've been asked the same two questions about the impending smaller iPad with more frequency than any questions in recent memory.
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
Systrom on Andreessen Horowitz: Of course I was furious, but it made everyone work harder  —  No one likes to be told that the thing they're the most passionate about isn't worthwhile.  Least of all, an entrepreneur who's pouring their soul into a venture in lieu of taking a more cushy traditional job.
Eric Mack / CNET:
Bitten: Apple's ‘blasphemous’ logo under fire in Russia  —  Some Russian Orthodox Christians see the iconic logo as a symbol of sin that they would like to see outlawed.  —  You might make the case that Apple is sinful based on the gluttony for gadgets it inspires, but some extreme Orthodox Christians …
Ty Pendlebury / CNET:
Ultra High Definition officially replaces 4K  —  The Consumer Electronics Association has announced that the consumer name for 4K will be Ultra HD and gears up for displays to be shown off at next year's CES in Las Vegas.  —  The display format formerly known as 4K will now be called 'Ultra High Definition …
FRANCE 24:
Google threatens ‘to stopping linking to French media sites’  —  Google has threatened to stop linking to French media sites in protest against a proposed French law that would force search engines to pay for content, according to media reports Wednesday.  —  Internet giant Google has threatened …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Adds 25 Million New Building Footprints To Google Maps On Desktop And Mobile  —  Google just announced that it has added 25 million new building footprints to Google Maps.  Most of the company's recent announcement around mapping had to do with flashy updates like 3D maps and buildings …
Will Oremus / Slate:
Minnesota bans Coursera: State takes bold stand against free education  —  Honorable mentions go to New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission for driving out Uber's online taxi-hailing service and to automobile dealers' groups in four states for trying to have Tesla dealerships declared illegal.
John Callaham / Neowin:
Microsoft promises better IMAP support in Outlook 2013  —  Previous versions of Microsoft's Outlook email client have not pleased users who have been waiting for more support for the Internet Message Access Protocol, better known as IMAP.  Indeed, the recently launched email web service Outlook.com does not support IMAP.
Donna Tam / CNET:
Facebook to hold Gifts event at FAO Schwartz in New York  —  The social network sends out an invite to a November 1 press event for its gifting service, but offers no other clues about the upcoming news.  —  Facebook has sent out a barebones invite to a press event in New York next month …
Eric Caoili / Gamasutra:
Zynga settles lawsuit with PyramidVille developer  —  Zynga has settled its trademark infringement lawsuit against another developer that attempted to add a “Ville” suffix to its game titles, this time French studio Kobojo, maker of PyramidVille.  —  The social game giant has made it a point …
Dr. Serkan Toto:
To Go Against LINE: Yahoo Japan Teams Up With Kakao Talk [Social Networks]  —  Messenger app sensation Kakao Talk is the clear winner in its home market of Korea (65 million users worldwide) but hasn't been able to win over users in Japan where LINE is the undisputed king.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo's Marissa Mayer in Talks to Join Jawbone Board  —  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is considering joining the board of Jawbone, the high-profile wireless gadget maker whose products include the Jambox speaker and the Up personal fitness wristband, according to sources close to the situation.
More: SlashGear
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Softbank CEO Won't Rule Out MetroPCS Bid  —  The chiefs of Softbank Corp. and Sprint Nextel Corp. are focused on closing their $20 billion deal, but said Thursday they may pursue mergers with other wireless carriers if opportunities present themselves.  —  Softbank chief Masayoshi Son …

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