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October 23, 2012, 9:00 AM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
Chris Chavez / Android Phone Fans:
Confirmed: T-Mobile Stores Now Receiving Galaxy Note 2 Shipments for Oct 24th Launch  —  Can't say I've lusted this hard after a non-Nexus device in quite sometime (read: ever), but we now have confirmation that the T-Mobile has scheduled the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for this Wednesday, October 24th.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …

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