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October 23, 2012, 8:15 AM

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Jeffrey Meisner / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Introducing the New Entertainment Experience from Xbox  —  Steve Ballmer recently stated that 2012 will be “the most epic year in Microsoft's history.”  —  Not only do we have major releases coming to the PC, tablet and phone, but we have worked extremely hard to ensure those screens work together …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple confirms it will stream ‘iPad Mini’ event via Apple TV  —  In a remarkable turn-up for the books, Apple has confirmed that it will stream a live-video feed of its special launch event today, making video available from the event via a new Apple Events app on Apple TV devices.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Dan Lyons / ReadWrite:
Editor's Note: Welcome To The New ReadWrite  —  Welcome to the new ReadWrite.  Today we are relaunching this legendary tech site with a new name, a new design and a new approach.  I'm thrilled to be joining ReadWrite as the site's new editor-in-chief, and to be teaming up with Fredric Paul …
Dave Lee / BBC:
More piracy sites faced with blocking as BPI contacts UK ISPs  —  The legal process to block the latest selection of sites could be swifter than in the past, one lawyer says  —  The UK's major internet service providers have been asked to block three more file-sharing websites, the BBC can reveal.
Reuters:
Federal agency to switch to iPhone, drop BlackBerry  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) said will end its contract with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion in favor of Apple's iPhone, dealing a fresh blow to RIM just months ahead of its launch of a vital new device.
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 …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How the Huffington Post handles 70+ million comments a year  —  The Huffington Post has accumulated more than 70 million comments so far this year, far surpassing the 2011 total of 54 million.  —  To take a single example, its post (the first published) with the now-famous video of Mitt Romney's …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Java still has a crucial role to play—despite security risks  —  Java has its security flaws, but it isn't going away any time soon—after all, many important applications run on the technology, especially in business settings.  Still, numerous users are worried enough about vulnerabilities …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter testing ‘like’ and ‘star’ instead of ‘favorite’ with a limited set of users  —  Some users are seeing the term ‘Like’ or ‘star’ appear on Twitter.com in the place of the traditional ‘Favorite’.  The new terminology appears to be showing up for certain users on the service, but from searches it looks like a limited set so far.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Turning to the past to power Windows' future: An in-depth look at WinRT  —  With its new tablet-friendly user interface, Windows 8 is going to be a revolution for both desktop users and tablet users alike.  These substantial user interface changes are paired with extensive changes beneath the operating system's surface.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
The Photo-Sharing Wars Aren't Over Yet.  Snapchat And Cinemagram Are Quietly Blowing Up.  —  When Instagram's roughly $750 million sale to Facebook closed, it seemed that the photo-sharing chapter in mobile app history closed.  Instagram had definitively won, while many startups …
More: AllThingsDThanks:@eldon
Ryan Tate / Wired:
Apple's My New Boss, Color Engineer Says on Twitter  —  A Color iOS engineer updated his Twitter profile to say he works for Apple, buttressing reports that Apple is acquiring staff from the spectacularly unsuccessful app maker.  —  Eric Cheng graduated from the University of Pennsylvania earlier …
More: CNET
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The Internet Split  —  Web sites will soon fall into two categories: high audience low yield, low audience higher yield.  Such a divide will impact digital advertising.  —  This Autumn, whomever you talk to will tell you this: internet advertising yields are taking a dive.
More: PandoDaily and Poynter
Deepak Dhingra / Engadget:
Nokia launches budget Lumia 510: Windows Phone 7.5, 4-inch display and 5-megapixel camera (video)  —  Confirming all those rumors we've been hearing, Nokia has officially taken the wraps off its latest budget smartphone, the Lumia 510 — slotting it somewhere between the Asha range and the Lumia 610.
Ryan Singel / Wired:
Online Analytics Firm Settles Suit Over Unstoppable User Tracking  —  A screenshot of a “cookie” hidden in the browser cache.  —  KISSmetrics, a popular tool for websites to monitor who is using their site, has agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing the company of using shady techniques …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
LG exec claims Nexus due at October 29th event, ships to India one month later  —  It's either a premature confirmation or one of the larger executive gaffes we've seen in recent memory, but it's hard to ignore.  LG's Mobile Product Planning lead for India, Amit Gujral …

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