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October 25, 2012, 10:20 AM

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Joanna Stern / ABCNEWS:
Windows 8: An Inside Look at Microsoft's Risky Leap  —  With Windows 8, Microsoft is finally entering the tablet race with Apple and others.  ABC News went to Redmond to get the details on how the company got here.
More: GeekWire
iFixit:
MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012 Teardown  —  Apple just expanded their Retina family.  The newest bundle of joy: a 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display.  It's small, it's sleek, and all those pixels are pretty darn snazzy.  What goes best with a new gadget?  Yep, you guessed it: kittens.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
From Typing To Gliding And Back Again: SwiftKey Touchscreen Keyboard Maker Adds Swype-Style Input, Calls It SwiftKey Flow  —  It's a tale of two increasingly similar touchscreen keyboards: SwiftKey's latest move to counter Nuance-owned rival Swype is to adopt a Swype-style input method …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
UK retailer Carphone Warehouse pushes Nexus 4 preorders early, promises delivery by October 30  —  Getting a little ahead of itself, UK mobile retailer Carphone Warehouse has pushed live preorders for LG's Nexus 4, confirming specifications and a delivery date of October 30.
Quentin Fottrell / MarketWatch:
Inside Flipboard:
Audio Comes to Flipboard on Android  —  Starting today, Flipboard fans on Android smartphones can add a soundtrack to their flipping.  That's right—Flipboard on Android now has audio.  —  This means that you can now enjoy everything featured in our Audio category in the Content Guide …
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Pinterest pierces Top 50 most-visited sites list  —  Though Google still reigns as No. 1, a ComScore study shows that Pinterest joined other social networks for the most frequently visited sites in the U.S. for September.  —  ComScore released its list of Top 50 most-visited Web sites …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Torrent Site Webhost Ordered to Pay “Piracy” Damages  —  For years Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has tried to find out who is behind the SumoTorrent website.  —  After being initially hosted in the Netherlands, the site moved to Canada to escape BREIN's jurisdiction, but it later returned as a client of hosting provider XS Networks.
More: CNET and Softpedia News
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Judge steps down in patent lawsuit filed over Apple's Siri  —  In a new lawsuit that claims Apple's virtual personal assistant is infringing on already developed patent technology, the judge recuses himself because of “interest” in the tech company.  —  A recently filed lawsuit over Apple's Siri …
More: ZDNet
Moritz Jaeger / ZDNet:
Google, Microsoft and Nokia launch one-stop ‘hide from maps’ service in Germany  —  Summary: Google, Microsoft and other companies have come together to help Germans to blur pictures of their properties in mapping services like Google Street View.  The service has been made necessary …
Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
Education, Technology “Journalism,” and the Apple PR Machine  —  I wasn't planning to write anything about Apple's media event yesterday.  I tuned in to the livestream, but when all the announcements were made, it seemed clear to me that nothing that was revealed on stage in San Jose was that significant to education.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Spotify app Soundrop relaunches, becomes social music player  —  The popular Spotify collaborative listening app Soundrop relaunched with a completely revamped service Thursday, offering Spotify users a much tighter social integration that puts Spotify's own social integration to shame.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Zynga Reports Third Quarter Revenue Of $317M, Shares Pop 12.7% In After-Hours  —  Zynga said it saw third quarter revenue of $317 million, which was slightly above the lower range of $300 million to $305 million the company said it would see earlier this month.  Bookings came in at $256 million, up 11 percent year-over-year.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Mihoko Matsubara / ISN:
A Stuxnet Future?  Yes, Offensive Cyber-Warfare is Already Here  —  According to Mihoko Matsubara, the Stuxnet attack on Iran's nuclear facilities demonstrates that well-resourced actors now have the capacity to use offensive cyber capabilities to fragment command and control structures …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
View later service Pocket gets a crisp and capable Mac app at last  —  Today, view later service Pocket gets a beautiful Mac app to compliment its apps for Android, iOS and the web.  It offers a capable translation of the Pocket paradigm from its other incarnations to the Mac design language without giving up its own unique flavor.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Samsung 2012 Smart TVs get Amazon Instant Video streaming app, synchronicity with your Kindle Fire  —  Samsung just sweetened the streaming video pot for current and would-be owners of its modern Smart TVs.  Viewers who've been craving Amazon Instant Video can download an app today to watch movies …
Eliza Kern / GigaOM:
Rewarder gets $7 million to fulfill your oddest, nerdiest dreams  —  Have a penchant for pomegranates and or a longing to be Lucius Malfoy?  You're in luck - Rewarder, the startup launching Wednesday with a $7 million Series A funding round, hopes to make all your weirdest dreams come true.

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