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October 28, 2012, 8:05 AM

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Declan McCullagh / CNET:
U.S. looks to replace human surveillance with computers  —  Security cameras that watch you, and predict what you'll do next, sound like science fiction.  But a team from Carnegie Mellon University says their computerized surveillance software will be capable of “eventually predicting” what you're going to do.
Evan Hansen / Wired:
Drinking Establishment (Check).  Highly Anticipated Mobile Phone Release (Check).  Lost Phone (Check)  —  Jamin Barton is a soft-spoken musician with a quick laugh and a winning smile who tends bar under the nickname “Sudsy” at the 500 Club in San Francisco's Mission District.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Déjà vu: Google employee loses prototype Nexus 4 at San Francisco bar  —  In 2010 a prototype of Apple's iPhone 4 was left at a San Francisco bar, which led to it leaking across the internet months before its official debut — and it appears the same almost happened with the much-anticipated new Nexus device from LG.
More: Mashable!, Wired and CNET
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Hurricane Sandy Causes Google To Cancel Its Android Event  —  Google's big Android event on Monday in New York City was supposed to be the rain on the parade of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 event happening on the same day in San Francisco.  But Google's event is literally being washed out …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
An alternate universe  —  On the way to the Apple Store today to buy AppleCare+ for my wife's new iPhone 5, we passed the new Microsoft Store, coincidentally in the middle of their Surface with Windows RT launch.  (That is actually the product's name.  “Surface with Windows RT”.)
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Steven Sinofsky on How Windows 8 PCs Deliver Better Value Than Apple  —  With Windows 8, Steven Sinofsky said that Microsoft and its PC-making partners have found a way to deliver modern computing at a price far less than that fruit-named competitor.  —  He notes that there are full-featured Windows 8 laptops that sell for $279.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
The 16GB black iPad mini joins every white SKU in selling out its pre-order stock  —  Four out to the six available iPad mini SKUs are sold out on the Apple online store, having their shipping date pushed back several weeks.  It appears that today the 16 gigabyte, black-color iPad mini sold through …
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
Surmounting the Insurmountable: Wikipedia Is Nearing Completion, in a Sense  —  And that's something of a challenge for the collaborative encyclopedia going forward  —  Nearing completion?  Gaudí's Sagrada Familia and ... Wikipedia?  (Wikimedia Commons)
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Evernote Teases Major 5.0 Redesign of Mac App  —  “Remember Everything” platform Evernote has today announced the next version of their Mac client: Evernote 5.  With an extensive preview on Evernote's website, the company has revealed some of the features and design choices behind the complete redesign of the desktop app.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Facebook Investigating How Bulgarian Man Bought 1.1 Million Users' Email Addresses For Five Dollars  —  Bulgarian blogger and digital rights activist Bogomil Shopov  —  Updated with a more recent comment from Facebook below.  —  It's no secret that Facebook treats your personal data as a commodity.

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