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October 19, 2012, 11:50 AM

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9to5Mac:
Estimated prices on 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros: Starts around U$1699  —  Alongside the new mini/iPads, Mac Minis and iMacs, Apple will reveal a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display on October 23rd.  We've now received pricing information on the base model and the “best” model.
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.
More: Gawker
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 Insider and The AwlTweets: @pkafka
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 …
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 …
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
Isabela Fraga / Knight Center for Journalism …:
Brazilian newspapers leave Google News en masse  —  Brazil's main newspapers abandoned Google News after the world's top search engine refused to compensate them for the rights to their headlines.  The mass rush started last year when the National Association of Newspapers in Brazil, or ANJ …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Apple removes Java from all OS X Web browsers  —  Apple has further distanced itself from Oracle's Java software framework with a Mac update released on Wednesday that removes a Java plugin from all Mac-compatible Web browsers.  —  Users who install the update will find a browser placeholder …
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 …
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.
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 …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Sony to start Xperia upgrades to Jelly Bean by mid-Q1, rules out all 2011 phones  —  We've got mixed news for those who were wondering just where Sony's Jelly Bean updates were headed.  The good?  Sony has narrowed down its upgrade schedule for the Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V to the middle …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Microsoft offers only one-year Surface warranty, despite EU law  —  Summary: Microsoft is offering only one-year warranty for the enterprise-favored Surface tablet, while EU law dictates it should be “at least two.”  Didn't Apple recently get stung for this kind of behavior?  —  Zack Whittaker
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Distimo Launches Daily App Leaderboard & AppIQ Service To Offer Competitive Data On App Downloads, Revenue, Rankings & More  —  App store analytics firm Distimo is rebranding its cross-platform app tracking service known as Distimo Monitor to Distimo Analytics today, and adding a new data service …
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 …
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.

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