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October 20, 2012, 1:05 PM

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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.
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.
Will Oremus / Slate:
In Victory for Common Sense, Minnesota Will Allow Free Online Courses After All  —  In a win for common sense, Minnesota has decided to allow universities to offer free online courses to its residents after all.  —  Courtesy of Coursera  —  For one day, Minnesota's Office of Higher Education felt …
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:
Motorola confirms which phones won't get Jelly Bean, will get $100 upgrade discount instead  —  When Motorola announced its new Droid RAZR lineup in September it said it would be providing a $100 discount to some customers whose older Motorola phones weren't getting bumped up to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
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 …
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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.

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