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October 22, 2012, 5:00 PM

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Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
SAY Media Rebrands ReadWriteWeb As “ReadWrite”, Redesigns, Hires Dan “Fake Steve Jobs” Lyons As Editor In Chief  —  I'm a fan of ReadWriteWeb, always have been, but other than not being able to pronounce the blog's name, I've always appreciated the technical and detailed analysis coming out of the brand.
The Korea Times:
Samsung Display to terminate Apple deal  —  Samsung Display said Monday that it will terminate its contract with Apple and no longer supply liquid crystal display (LCD) panels to its long time partner.  —  The news comes as speculation is mounting over a rift between the two firms …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Amazon's EC2 sees partial outage, taking Reddit, Minecraft, Coursera, Flipboard and others down in tow  —  It's another bad day for customers of Amazon's AWS and EC2 hosting.  The company is presently reporting an outage in its Service Health dashboard which seems to be affecting a number of Internet favorites.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Q3 Beats Expectations In Mayer's First Full Quarter As CEO: $1.2B Revenue, Non-GAAP EPS $0.35  —  Yahoo today reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2012, its first full quarter with new CEO Marissa Mayer at the helm.  Mayer is back at work full-time after taking …
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
A New Version Of Google Wallet Is ‘Coming Soon’  —  Google has quietly updated the website for Google Wallet, its mobile-payments service, to advertise “the next version of Google Wallet, coming soon.”  —  Visitors can request an invite.  We did, and Google asked us what kind of device we used …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple starts testing iOS 6.0.1 for release in coming weeks, iOS 6.1 to come after holidays  —  One of our reliable Apple (AAPL) sources has let us know Apple has begun testing iOS 6..1 with different carrier partners in the U.S. and we have a general list of what the first iOS 6 update …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Android apps used by millions vulnerable to password, e-mail theft  —  By exploiting inadequate SSL protections in an anti-virus app, researchers were able to force it to download a malicious virus signature.  —  Fahl et al.  —  Android applications downloaded by as many as 185 million users …
Mark King / Guardian:
Amazon wipes customer's Kindle and deletes account with no explanation  —  Kindle user had her account deleted because it had ties to ‘previous abuses of company policy’, but the online retailer blanked all follow-up enquiries  —  An Amazon Kindle user has had her account wiped and all her paid …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Sees Schools Buoying Tablet Lead With IPad in Class  —  Julie Garcia handed Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPads to students in her seventh-grade pre-algebra class on a recent morning before showing the pupils how to use the tablet to graph data, hunt for correlations and record how-to videos.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Skype for Windows 8 launches on October 26th (hands-on preview)  —  Backend changes prepare Microsoft's communications service for the future  —  After months of teasing a Windows 8 style version of Skype, Microsoft is finally delivering it on October 26th.
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Twitter Hires Agency Relations Chief From Google  —  Matt Derella Formerly Oversaw the Relationship Between Publicis and Google  —  Twitter is signaling to agencies that it's all grown up and ready to service them the way the likes of Google and AOL do.  —  The company has hired a new director …
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Tweets Spawn Ad Campaigns  —  Chatter on Social-Media Sites Gives Marketers Direction for Commercials  —  The newest member of Samsung Mobile's Mad Men team: Twitter.  —  Samsung's latest television ad, which mocks Apple Inc.'s new iPhone, is striking a chord with consumers …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
End of Resale Deal With Hewlett-Packard Stings IPO-Bound Violin Memory  —  So, has Hewlett-Packard cut its ties with Violin Memory, or not?  It depends on whom you ask, and what exactly you mean by “end.”  —  Violin, you may remember, is the memory array company that uses flash memory chips …
Ryan Dezember / Wall Street Journal:
Ancestry.com Agrees to $1.6 Billion Takeover  —  Genealogy website Ancestry.com Inc. has agreed to be acquired by an investor group led by European private-equity firm Permira for about $1.6 billion, or $32 a share, according to people familiar with the deal.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Mosaic for iPhone lets you build beautiful printed photo books in minutes for the life in-between  —  Digitally ordered photo books are a notoriously hard nut to crack.  Too many options or not enough options, layout hassles and concerns about finish end up confusing potential customers and turning them off to the process.

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