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October 30, 2012, 4:50 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.
Matt Drance / Apple Outsider:
Regime Change  —  Apple cannot afford to get too big or too disorganized.  That's my takeaway from yesterday's shocker that not only is Scott Forstall out at Apple, but also that his fiefdom is being split between Craig Federighi, Eddy Cue, and Jony Ive.  We learned a lot about Tim Cook yesterday.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft announces 4 million Windows 8 upgrades sold in first three days  —  Microsoft has sold four million upgrades for Windows 8 in the last three days, the company announced this morning during its BUILD 2012 conference.  —  Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, greeted crowds …
Phil Sharp / Gmail Blog:
Introducing the new compose in Gmail  —  We're always trying to make Gmail faster and easier to use, so today we're introducing a completely redesigned compose and reply experience that does just that.  —  Faster  —  How many times have you been writing an email and had to reference something in another message?
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:
Kenneth Bongort / The Official Google Blog:
Google's most advanced voice search has arrived on iOS  —  When you have a question, finding the answer should be effortless—wherever you are and whatever device you're using.  The new Google Search app for iPhone and iPad helps you to do just that with enhanced voice search that answers …
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Delays iTunes Refresh  —  Apple surprised lots of people yesterday.  Here's a smaller bit of unexpected news: The company is delaying its update of its iTunes software.  —  Back in September, Apple said an iTunes overhaul would be out in October.  Now it's pushing that back a month.
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.
Natalie Huet / Reuters:
Acer delays Windows RT tablets after Microsoft moves into market  —  (Reuters) - Taiwanese computer maker Acer is putting off the launch of tablets using Microsoft's new Windows RT operating system to give itself time to see how Microsoft's own Surface tablet fares.
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Mark Cuban: Apple TV Is a Pipe Dream And why the HDNet founder thinks that may be a good thing  —  Mark Cuban has never been shy.  Whether he's opining about Jason Kidd's decision to bolt from Cuban's Dallas Mavericks for the New York Knicks (he is very mad) or Google's business model …
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CHINAdaily:
Apple blocks Siri's prostitute-finder function  —  SHANGHAI - Apple Inc.'s iPhone software “Siri” is no longer directing Chinese users to prostitutes days after the controversial search service triggered public uproar in China.  —  The inactivation came after Siri users found the popular voice-activated …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Fraudster Paul Ceglia's 8th Lawyer Ditches Him After Arrest For Faking Evidence  —  Chasing a massive payday, lawyers flocked to a man who claimed to have evidence that he owned half of Facebook.  But after Paul Ceglia's arrest for forging that evidence this week …
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 venture capitalist Marc Andreessen was speaking …

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