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October 31, 2012, 11:35 PM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
AT&T, T-Mobile to share networks in New York and New Jersey in wake of Hurricane Sandy  —  AT&T and T-Mobile have just announced that the two companies have decided to share their networks in the New York / New Jersey area.  This move will let both AT&T and T-Mobile customers connect …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Phil Schiller clarifies iPad mini has stereo speakers following Amazon's Kindle comparison  —  When Apple's Senior Vice President of Marketing Phil Schiller unveiled the iPad mini on stage earlier this month, he didn't discuss the speaker on the new device.  There were rumors …
Phil Coakley / The Official Google Blog:
AMBER Alerts for missing children now in Google Search and Maps  —  Today we are launching AMBER Alerts coordinated by National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the Google Public Alerts platform.  Public Alerts are designed to bring you emergency alerts when and where they're relevant …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Foursquare's Dennis Crowley Talks About Hurricane Sandy's Impact on NYC Start-Ups (Video)  —  While stranded in Hurricane Sandy-soaked Manhattan this week, I got a chance to chat with Foursquare co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley about the impact of the epic storm on his social check-in company and other start-ups in New York City.
Martyn Williams / Network World:
Stolen cellphone databases switched on in US  —  U.S. cellphone carriers took a major step on Wednesday toward curbing the rising number of smartphone thefts with the introduction of databases that will block stolen phones from being used on domestic networks.
More: SlashGear and Slashdot
Don Jeffrey / Bloomberg:
Rosetta Stone Agrees to Drop Google Trademark Suit  —  Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST), a maker of language-learning software, agreed to drop a lawsuit it brought against Google Inc. (GOOG) for selling its trademarks to other companies for search-engine advertising.
More: Reuters
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Intel working on 48-core chip for smartphones, tablets  —  A smartphone with 48 cores could change our concept of what it is and what it does  —  Intel researchers are working on a 48-core processor for smartphones and tablets but it could be five to 10 years before it hits the market.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
RIM: More than 50 carriers testing BlackBerry 10 now  —  The company reiterated that it was on track for the launch of its BlackBerry 10 phones in the first quarter.  —  Research in Motion said today that more than 50 carriers are testing its BlackBerry 10 platform, a critical step to getting …
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Google explains how more data means better speech recognition  —  A new research paper out of Google describes in some detail the data science behind the the company's speech recognition applications, such as voice search and adding captions or tags to YouTube videos.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twilio Signs First Big International Cloud Telephony Licensing Deal With Japan's #2 Telecom KDDI  —  Breaking into Japan can be tough for foreign companies since its culture favors credibility and certainty.  So Twilio has just struck an exclusive alliance with Japan's well-respected KDDI telecom …
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Microsoft wins 25,000-employee Office 365 contract with the EPA  —  Lockheed Martin stirs up images of fighter jets, high-tech stealth warships, and missile defense systems.  Turns out it also does boring old IT management services.  —  With Microsoft, Lockheed Martin announced today …
Steve Schaefer / Forbes:
Trick Or Treat For Netflix: Carl Icahn Reveals Stake, Sees Takeover Value  —  Billionaire Carl Icahn has taken a stake in Netflix, composed largely of call options, that could leave him holding 9.98% of the company's shares, according to a disclosure with the SEC Wednesday.
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Blue Box Raises $3.5 Million For Cloud And Hosting Service With An OpenStack Flavor  —  Blue Box has raised $3.5 million for its OpenStack-infused cloud and hosting service designed for companies that have major traffic volumes and big apps and rely on a high level of uptime.
More: GeekWire
Glenn Peoples / Billboard.Biz:
Turntable.fm Co-Founder Seth Goldstein Returns With EDM-Centric DJZ  —  Serial entrepreneur Seth Goldstein, chairman of social music service Turntable.fm, is back with another music project, DJZ - and he's brought in some Silicon Valley backers and an Internet veteran to help him run the company.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Samsung gets official with the Galaxy Premier: 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED, 8MP camera, GS III styling  —  If Samsung took a wrong turn with its brand-diluting Galaxy S III Mini, then the much-leaked Galaxy Premier is where it gets back on track.  The phone keeps the outward visage of the Galaxy S III …
David Kravets / Wired:
Feds Say No Dice in Retrieving Your Data Seized in Megaupload Case  —  Federal prosecutors are proposing a process that would make it essentially impossible for former Megaupload users to recover their data following the government's seizure of the file-sharing service's servers and domain names …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Summly wants to make news summaries cool  —  Remember Nick D'Aloisio, the Internet wunderkind I met last year in Berlin?  Well, he is back with Summly, an iOS (iPhone + iPod Touch) mobile app that takes full news pages and offers them as short and succinct summaries for on-the-go consumption.

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