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October 30, 2012, 7:55 AM

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Apple:
Apple Announces Changes to Increase Collaboration Across Hardware, Software & Services  —  Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi Add Responsibilities to Their Roles  —  Apple® today announced executive management changes that will encourage even more collaboration between …
Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Software Chief Refused to Sign Maps Apology  —  Apple Inc. executive Scott Forstall was asked to leave the company after he refused to sign his name to a letter apologizing for shortcomings in Apple's new mapping service, according to people familiar with the matter.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Forstall Out; Ive Up  —  Blockbuster executive leadership change at Apple; Scott Forstall has been shown the door.  Here's the key paragraph: … Forstall has long been a polarizing executive within Apple.  Remember this piece by Austin Carr for Fast Company six weeks ago …
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Inside Apple's major shakeup  —  What is really behind the biggest management shakeup at Apple since the Steve Jobs putsch that eliminated Gil Amelio in 1997?  —  FORTUNE — Tim Cook's honeymoon at Apple is over.  —  Apple's (AAPL) CEO announced the departure of mobile software chief Scott Forstall on Monday.
Andy Rubin / The Official Google Blog:
Nexus: The best of Google, now in three sizes  —  People increasingly have more than one device, and they switch between them many times a day.  Nexus—Google's hardware line for Android devices—gets rid of the hassle.  Just sign in with your Google Account and everything is there ready to go …
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Ballmer's New Mission for Microsoft  —  Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is betting on one of Microsoft Corp.'s busiest years ever to keep the company relevant in a new age of mobile technology.  —  On Monday, Microsoft formally introduced new smartphones that will use a revamped version of the company's mobile-phone operating software.
More: Neowin
The Verge:
Windows Phone 8 review  —  Microsoft's mobile platform gets hardware muscle and another lease on life  —  “This is Windows Phone.  No, for real this time.”  That's what I thought when I started hearing about Windows Phone 8 a few months ago.  Just like Windows Phone 7 …
Gabriel Stricker / Twitter Blog:
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
H-P's New Printers: A Big Launch for the Battered Company  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to unveil a new line of printers for businesses Tuesday, one of the first fruits of Chief Exeucutive Meg Whitman's efforts to invest more in research and development as she tries to turn around the struggling technology company.
More: AllThingsD
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Andreessen-Backed Start-Up ItsOn Raises $15 Million to Help Make Mobile Service More Flexible  —  Just recently, major carriers such as Verizon and AT&T started allowing customers to share a pool of data among several devices.  But that's just the start of how flexible cellular options could be.
Peter Farago / Flurry Blog:
The Truth About Cats and Dogs: Smartphone vs Tablet Usage Differences  —  While smartphones have reached critical mass, tablets are poised to do the same soon.  As a form factor, tablets simultaneously take a step toward the living and the workplace.  For consumers, these devices are multimedia machines …

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