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October 23, 2012, 12:55 PM

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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 …
Apple:
Apple Special Event October 2012  —  Watch a live video stream of the special event online or via Apple TV starting at 10:00 a.m. PDT.  Live streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on Mac OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later.  Streaming via Apple TV requires second …
The Verge:
Live from Apple's iPad mini announcement!  —  We're on the ground in San Francisco bringing you all the news about Apple's next big (small) thing: the iPad mini.  Keep it tuned here for every piece of the puzzle, delivered moment-by-moment.
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.
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 and NeowinThanks:@stshank
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
Paul Graham:
The Hardware Renaissance  —  One advantage of Y Combinator's early, broad focus is that we see trends before most other people.  And one of most conspicuous trends in the last batch was the large number of hardware startups.  Out of 84 companies, 7 were making hardware.
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.
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 Neowin
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Platfora shows a whole new way to do business intelligence on big data  —  Platfora Founder and CEO Ben Werther doesn't want to make Hadoop less painful to use; he wants Hadoop to underpin a whole new way of analyzing and visualizing business data.  Platfora's flagship product …
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
Dell's $499 XPS 10 matches price of Microsoft's Surface tablet  —  Dell on Tuesday said its XPS 10 tablet with Windows RT will start at US$499, matching the price of Microsoft's Surface tablet that became available last week.  —  Dell on Tuesday said its XPS 10 tablet with Windows RT will start at US$499 …
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 …

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