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November 1, 2012, 4:05 AM

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David Carr / Media Decoder:
How Hurricane Sandy Slapped the Sarcasm Out of Twitter  —  Twitter is often a caldron of sarcasm, much of it funny, little of it useful.  But as a social medium based on short-burst communication, Twitter can change during large events — users talk about “watching” the spectacle unfold across their screens.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
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 …
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Now that Halo 4 will run on Windows Azure, what's next?  —  Microsoft knows how to make big, sweeping pronouncements.  And there were a lot of those flowing out of the company's Build Conference in Redmond, Wash. this week.  —  In a blog posted Wednesday, the day of his Build keynote.
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook tests Timeline layout with single column of posts  —  Facebook is testing a new format for user Timelines, which puts all posts in a single column on the left and any activity modules in a narrower column on the right.  —  This layout addresses one of the common complaints about the new profile …
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.
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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft founders Allen, Gates reconnect after year-long rift  —  Paul Allen's memoir, Idea Man, is out in paperback this week, and the Microsoft co-founder has penned an epilogue updating readers on some of the book's major storylines — including the status of his friendship with Bill Gates.
More: CNET
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 …
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
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
In App Store vs. Appstore court clash, Apple runs into a skeptical judge  —  OAKLAND, California—Apple is a litigious company, most famously for its multi-billion dollar patent crusade against Samsung.  The Cupertino company has a more quixotic legal battle going on against its competitors …
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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.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's FaceTime & Messages Dragged into Patent Infringement Lawsuit  —  A Texas based Company by the name of Intercarrier Communications (ICC) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple.  The Company claims that Apple's Messages and FaceTime applications found in iOS and OS X infringe …
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 …
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 …

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