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October 20, 2012, 11:05 AM

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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Mention of iBooks 3.0 discovered in recent iTunes listing, supporting books focus for iPad mini event  —  Just last week we brought you the news that Apple's October 23rd iPad mini event would be focused on iBooks, which makes sense as it will likely be a great device for reading.
More: The Verge and 9to5Mac
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Initial Surface US pre-orders sold out, some UK orders delayed to November 2nd  —  Microsoft's initial stock of Surface RT devices has sold out in the United States.  The 32GB base model, at $499, sold out earlier in the week, but all stock has now been depleted with a wait …
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.
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 …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Apple rebuts juror misconduct claims, says Samsung dropped the ball  —  Earlier this month Samsung accused the jury foreman in the Apple v. Samsung trial of misconduct, arguing that Apple's $1.049 billion win should be thrown out in favor of a new trial.  Now Apple has filed its response with the court …
More: CNET
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.
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.
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.

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