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October 23, 2012, 11:05 AM

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Yusuf Mehdi / 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 its website and 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 but also via Apple.com.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
USPTO invalidates Apple's “rubber-banding” patent asserted against Samsung  —  It was discovered in a Monday court filing from Samsung that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tentatively invalidated Apple's bounce scroll, or “rubber-banding,” patent, possibly putting the Apple v. Samsung jury's decision regarding the property at risk.
New York Times:
In Mobile World, Tech Giants Scramble to Get Up to Speed  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Intel made its fortune on the chips that power personal computers, and Microsoft on the software that goes inside.  Google's secret sauce is that it finds what you are looking for on the Internet.
More: Stowe Boyd
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Amanda Lefebvre / The Microsoft Office Blog:
New Office Web Apps, now live on SkyDrive  —  The new Office Web Apps are now live!  —  Thanks to all 750,000 of you who have helped put the Office Web Apps Preview through its paces since it went live in July.  This scale of use and thousands of pieces of feedback prior to general availability …
David Talbot / MIT Technology Review:
A Bandwidth Breakthrough  —  A dash of algebra on wireless networks promises to boost bandwidth tenfold, without new infrastructure.
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
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.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
ARM posts healthy Q3 profits: up 22 percent thanks to smart TVs and other growing markets  —  British chip designer ARM has just revealed its accounts for Q3 2012 and they show a familiar pattern: namely, a double-digit rise in both revenue (up 20 percent to £144.6 million …
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 …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Microsoft Tightens Personal Data Rules  —  Microsoft said on Monday that it would change its new disclosure policy to tell consumers explicitly that it would not use personal information it collects from users of some Microsoft products to produce or promote targeted online advertising.
More: The Verge and The Hill
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.
More: BetaNews
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google releases search app for Windows 8  —  As it's done with iOS, Google is trying to carve out a place for search and other services on Microsoft's new operating system.  —  Google has built a search app for Windows 8  —  On Windows today, people reach Google's search service with a browser.
More: NeowinThanks:@stshank
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 …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Dropbox for iOS update removes full-resolution photo limitation, adds iPhone 5 compatibility  —  It's not all good news, though, with significantly increased download times  —  Dropbox has released version 1.5.6 of its iOS app.  It's now adapted for the iPhone 5's taller screen …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Data 2.0 Goes Large: InfoArmy Raises $17.3M To Build Out Its Crowdsourced Competitive Intelligence Platform  —  InfoArmy, only four months into its life as the operator of a crowdsourced competitive intelligence platform, is announcing a significant injection of capital as it continues to build out its business.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Mobile Payments Startup iZettle Expands Series B Of $31.4 Million, Adds American Express As Newest Investor As It Preps Launch In UK  —  Today iZettle, one of the several Square-like mobile payments companies in Europe, announced that it was expanding its Series B round of €25 million …
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 …

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