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October 23, 2012, 2:10 PM

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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.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Apple announces the 7.9-inch iPad mini  —  The iPad mini has just been revealed by Apple at its special event in San Jose.  Up on stage, Phil Schiller explains that this “isn't just a shrunken-down iPad, it's an entirely new design.”  The 7.9-inch iPad mini has a 1024 x 768 …
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Apple introduces new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, ships today for $1,699  —  Like its predecessor, it lacks discrete graphics  —  Apple has confirmed the rumors, and has announced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display.  The model shares many of the same features …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Tim Cook: Apple Has Sold 100M iPads In Just Two And A Half Years  —  Today, Tim Cook told us that Apple has sold over 100M iPads in just 2 and a half years of existence.  That's pretty impressive and it's about to get bigger.  But smaller...due to the iPad Mini that's about to be announced.
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 …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Subsidized Xbox pricing extending to 250GB consoles, will start at $99  —  Hints at broader retail launch  —  Microsoft is expanding its subsidized Xbox offer to cover more models and stores.  Starting soon, Microsoft will offer a 250GB Xbox 360 for $99 or $149 with Kinect when you sign …
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: The Next Web and PC WorldThanks:@stshank
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.
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.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Google Drive apps renamed ‘Docs, Sheets and Slides’, now available in the Chrome Web Store  —  While Apple is busy occupying the tech blogging space, Google has announced a minor bit of news of its very own, with its suite of office apps on Google Drive being rebranded from Documents …
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 …
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.
Ritsuko Ando / Reuters:
Nokia seeks $972 million from bonds to help drive fightback  —  (Reuters) - Mobile phone maker Nokia plans to raise 750 million euros ($972 million) from bonds convertible into shares, seeking a cheap way to help finance its fight to claw back market share lost to Apple and Samsung.
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.
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.
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.

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