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October 30, 2012, 5:05 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 …
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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 8  —  Latest smartphones from Nokia, Samsung and HTC go on sale in November.  —  Microsoft Corp. today debuted Windows Phone 8, the latest version of the company's smartphone operating system.  Windows Phone 8 offers a truly personal phone experience …
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google Now: behind the predictive future of search  —  How Google learned to un-fragment itself and create the next big thing  —  For decades, visions of the future have played with the magical possibilities of computers: they'll know where you are, what you want, and can access all the world's information with a simple voice prompt.
David Meyer / GigaOM:
iZettle takes on Payleven in Germany with Deutsche Telekom deal  —  Square is starting to take its first steps outside the U.S., but it's still a way off from entering the European market.  So on mainland Europe, certainly, we're still looking at a war between Square's clones: Sweden's iZettle and Germany's Payleven.
BBC:
UK's first 4G mobile service launched in 11 cities by EE  —  4G networks mean far greater internet speeds while on the move  —  The first UK's first fourth generation (4G) mobile service has gone live in 11 cities.  —  London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds …
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.
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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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