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October 19, 2012, 10:40 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.
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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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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