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October 30, 2012, 1:35 PM

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Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Forstall Refused to Apologize  —  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.
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.
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 …
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.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Massive Flooding Damages Several NYC Data Centers  —  Flooding from Hurricane Sandy has hobbled two data center buildings in Lower Manhattan, taking out diesel fuel pumps used to refuel generators.A third building at 121 Varick is also reported to be without power.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Google Adds Power Outage Information To Its Hurricane Sandy Crisis Map  —  As we brought to your attention last night, Google set up what it calls a “Crisis Map” as we waited for Hurricane Sandy to make land-fall.  It has, and damage has been done, including massive power outages in all affected areas.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Says 700,000 Applications Available for Android  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) said there are about 700,000 applications available for downloading onto mobile devices that run the Android operating system, challenging Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s lead in the race for software tools.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
4th Generation iPad Benchmarks Show 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor, 1GB of RAM  —  John Poole of Primate Labs posts about some 4th Generation iPad benchmarks that appeared in their Geekbench database on Sunday night.  —  True to Apple's claims, the 4th Generation iPad benchmarks about twice as fast as the 3rd Generation iPad.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
EMC to Acquire Silver Tail Systems  —  Data storage giant EMC just announced that it has reached a deal to acquire Silver Tail Systems.  —  This is the privately held company that specializes in detecting fraud on the Web, and the reason that venture capitalist Marc Andreesseen was speaking …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Startup Weekend looks to stamp out 30,000 entrepreneurs in new 4-week training program ‘Next’  —  Call it Startup Weekend on steroids.  —  The Seattle nonprofit today is unveiling a new four-week training program that's designed to get people off their duffs, pursuing that entrepreneurial idea that's been gathering dust for too long.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter is building an official app for Windows 8, says it will be ‘great’  —  Twitter has just announced via the Twitter Mobile account that it is building a Twitter app for Windows 8, and that it will be ‘great’.  There is currently a dearth of good Twitter apps for Windows 8 …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Nokia partners up with Inneractive on cross-platform ad exchange  —  Nokia has launched the Nokia Ad Exchange (NAX) in collaboration with mobile advertising company Inneractive to help developers better monetize their software on any platform.  The exchange will work with over 120 ad networks …

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