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October 19, 2012, 1:30 PM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
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 …
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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
How Many Techies Does It Take to Reelect a President?  T4O Launches “Innovator Series” Videos for Obama.  —  A large group of tech luminaries — including LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman, Path's Dave Morin, JLab's Judy Estrin, Dropbox's Drew Houston, craigslist's Craig Newmark and Box's Aaron Levie …
More: Mashable!Thanks:@beet_tv
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 …
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Salesforce.com's Marketing Cloud adds 20 social analytics vendors  —  Summary: Salesforce's Marketing Cloud ecosystem expands to include social analytics vendors to enable more insights from a single dashboard.  —  Rachel King  —  Salesforce.com is expanding its new Marketing Cloud ecosystem already …
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.
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 …

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