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October 25, 2012, 11:10 AM

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BBC:
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer has plans for more hardware  —  Steve Ballmer: 'This is one of two or three big moments in Microsoft's history'  —  Microsoft's chief boss has confirmed he plans to release more devices.  —  Steve Ballmer told the BBC: “Is it fair to say we're going to do more hardware?
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.
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.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Facebook's final Instagram purchase price: $715 million in cash and stock  —  Today Facebook detailed the final Instagram purchase information in its 10-Q. The company stated that the final purchase of Instagram will sit in its accounting as $521 million.  —  That figure was arrived …
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 …
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.
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Sprint sells 1.5 million iPhones, 1 million other smartphones, but makes a net loss of $767 million  —  Sprint's latest financials show that the network is stemming its losses, but is still taking a hit on a $767 million net loss and an operating loss of $231 million.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
Richard Shim / DisplaySearch Blog:
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.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Telefonica Digital Buys Video Chat Platform TokBox, An Airtime For The Rest Of Us  —  Telefonica Digital, the new media arm of the giant Spanish carrier Telefonica, has made another big investment in its bid to become an international communications platform extending beyond basic voice and data services.
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.
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 …
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.
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