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October 19, 2012, 6:35 AM

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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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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
Sam Byford / The Verge:
New Samsung Chromebook also available with 3G for $329.99  —  We were under the impression that Google's new Samsung Chromebook would only be able to hook up to the internet via Wi-Fi, but it seems that something got lost in the announcement.  A 3G model will in fact be available …
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Weak Windows makes Microsoft miss in fiscal Q1: Revenue of $16.01B and earnings per share of $0.53 are under estimates  —  Today Microsoft reported its first quarterly (fiscal 2013) financial performance.  For the three month period, the firm had revenues of $16.01 billion, and earnings per share of $0.53.
Mark Jardine / Tapbots:
Tweetbot for Mac is Finally Here!  —  We are very happy to announce that Tweetbot for Mac is finally available for sale on the Mac App Store!  It's been a long (and bumpy) road, but we are glad we have finally made it to the 1.0 milestone.  This is our first official Mac App from Tapbots …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Yahoo to exit South Korea in first Asian pullout  —  (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc's South Korean operation said on Friday it will quit the country, underscoring its struggle against Google Inc and local competitors expanding aggressively into mobile advertising and online services.
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.
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 …
AllThingsD:
What's Really Going on With Color: A Small Apple Talent Acquisition  —  You'd be forgiven if you were confused by the swirl of stories around the social video start-up Color in the past 24 hours.  —  First, a leaked internal memo said the company was winding down.
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 …
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
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
Dutch Propose Powers For Police To Break Into Computers, Install Spyware And Destroy Data — Anywhere In The World  —  Techdirt readers with long memories may recall a fantasy proposal from Orrin Hatch that would have seen technological means deployed to destroy the computers of those who downloaded unauthorized copies of files.
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 …
More: CNET and Google LatLong
Daniel Rubino / wpcentral:
Microsoft Stores giving out Surface reservation passes  —  Looks like if you live near a Microsoft Store or even a pop-up holiday kiosk you can stop by and get a reservation card good for one Surface RT come October 26th.  —  The info comes via our forums where member jdevenberg was given …

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