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October 25, 2012, 2:40 PM

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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?
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Windows 8 After 1.24B Hours Of Testing, Available On Over 1,000 Certified Devices  —  During Microsoft's official launch event for Windows 8 in New York City today, Steven Sinofsky, the president of the company's Windows and Windows Live division, said that the company's …
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.
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Marissa Mayer Makes First Yahoo Acquisition: Stamped  —  Yahoo has acquired the company behind 1-year-old mobile recommendations app Stamped, its first since ex-Google exec Marissa Mayer became CEO of the company in July, Mashable has learned.  —  The acquisition was purely for talent …
Steve Stecklow / Reuters:
Exclusive: Huawei partner offered U.S. tech to Iran  —  (Reuters) - An Iranian partner of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, a Chinese company that has denied breaking U.S. sanctions, last year tried to sell embargoed American antenna equipment to an Iranian firm, according to documents and interviews.
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.
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.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Samsung Nexus 10 manual surfaces ahead of Google announcement  —  Google is rumored to be launching at least one new Nexus phone and tablet on Monday, including a Samsung-built tablet codenamed “Manta.”  Now, a pair of images have surfaced on Korean site Seeko, showing what looks like a manual for a Samsung Nexus 10.
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 …
More: GadgeTell
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
All eyes on Apple's earnings  —  Lowered expectations after Tim Cook's Tuesday bombshell  —  FORTUNE — On Monday, Wall Street's consensus for Apple's (AAPL) fourth quarter report — scheduled to be released today after the markets close — was for earnings of $8.85 on sales of $36.32 billion.
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 Russell / The Next Web:
Opera: iOS still king of mobile ads as Android drops below BlackBerry on value for money  —  Opera released its inaugural mobile advertising report in July and, three months down the line, the Norwegian browser maker is back with new insight.  The Q3 2012 installment of the 'State …
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.
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 …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Verizon, AT&T put Samsung's Galaxy Note II on pre-sale for $300 with a two-year contract  —  Samsung's Galaxy Note II played coy at first by only hanging out with the European crowd, but now that it's here, it's the life of the US carrier party.  The two biggest, AT&T and Verizon …
Chantal Da Silva / BetaKit:
WalkMe Adds $5.5M in Series B Funding to Scale On-Site Tutorial Platform  —  Tel Aviv-based WalkMe, an interactive website guidance tool first covered by BetaKit last April, announced today that it has secured $5.5 million in Series B investment.  The funding round was led by Gemini Israel Ventures …
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.
More: TPM IdeaLab and DVICE
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.
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 …
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 …
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