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October 23, 2012, 11:55 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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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: PC World, Neowin and WebProNewsThanks:@stshank
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.
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 …
David Talbot / MIT Technology Review:
A Bandwidth Breakthrough  —  Academic researchers have improved wireless bandwidth by an order of magnitude—not by adding base stations, tapping more spectrum, or cranking up transmitter wattage, but by using algebra to banish the network-clogging task of resending dropped packets.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
The Debut of Yahoo CEO Mayer: “Tailor-Made” for Marissa  —  Yahoo turned in a meh third quarter, which came as no surprise to anyone.  But none of it matters, since all eyes were on what new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer would say on the investor call today.  —  Here we go!  It is Mayer's first outing as a public company CEO.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
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
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.
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 …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga's Next Gamble: An Ad Platform  —  Zynga is building its own advertising platform that it plans to make available to third-party developers that work with the gaming company.  —  For Zynga, which has struggled to develop a new hit game recently, the strategy has two aims.
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 …
Jay Alabaster / Computerworld:
Japan's DeNA launches free international calling app for smartphones  —  DeNA, a major mobile platform operator based in Japan, on Tuesday announced a new international calling service for smartphones.  —  DeNA, a major mobile platform operator based in Japan, on Tuesday announced a new international calling service for smartphones.
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
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 …
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

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