October 20, 2012, 6:25 AM

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
New Photos of 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Show Battery Layout, Ports, and More  —  Earlier this week, we pointed to a forum thread [Google translation] at Chinese site sharing a pair of photos of what was said to be the display assembly from Apple's upcoming 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.
More: CNET, AppleInsider, 9to5Mac and GizmodoTweets: @panzer
Estimated prices on 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros: Starts around U$1,699  —  Alongside the new mini/iPads, Mac Minis, and iMacs, Apple will reveal a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display on Oct. 23.  We have now received pricing information on the base model and the “best” model.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Officially Begins Shutting Down “Questions” Product, May Refocus On Search  —  It was no Quora.  Today Facebook finally confirmed it is retiring Questions, which originally launched in July 2010.  The Questions Dashboard and option to share a poll to the news feed are being removed.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Waze Is The Only App To Gain Meaningful Marketshare After Apple Maps Fail, Onavo Finds  —  The poor reception for Apple's new maps app temporarily boosted usage for other map applications.  But it didn't actually increase longer-term marketshare for any of them — except for one.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Weighs Mobile-Patent Antitrust Settlement  —  Google Inc. is weighing whether to settle a potential claim by U.S. authorities that it violated antitrust law in the way it handles mobile-device patents, according to a person familiar with the matter.  —  At issue, according …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
In Silicon Valley, Perks Now Begin at Home  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Phil Libin, chief executive of Evernote, turned to his wife last year and asked if she had suggestions for how the software company might improve the lives of its employees and their families.  His wife, who also works at Evernote, didn't miss a beat: housecleaning.
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Jeff Bezos: The Smart People Change Their Minds  — Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos stopped by the 37signals office yesterday and offered some wise thoughts about strategy.  His views are especially refreshing in a time when people who change their views often get portrayed as weak and lacking confidence.
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
India, A New Facebook Testing Ground  —  BANGALORE—India is becoming a critical testing ground for Facebook as it strives to cash in on growth in emerging markets and better target mobile-phone users—two increasingly pressing goals for the social-networking firm.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
GitHub hit by DDoS attack second day in a row  —  GitHub is having one hell of a week, with four outages in five weekdays.  The social coding site is currently being hit by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, the second one in two days.  The site's engineers are working on fixing the issue …
More: CNET, Softpedia News and The H SecurityTweets: @github
Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Thiel in Talks to Invest in Airbnb at $2.5B Valuation  —  Online room rental service Airbnb Inc. is in discussions with venture capitalist Peter Thiel about a roughly $150 million investment that would value the company at around $2.5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

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