October 3, 2012, 12:00 PM

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Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Asia's Apple Suppliers Begin Mass Production on Mini iPad  —  TAIPEI—Apple Inc.'s Asian component suppliers have started mass production of a new tablet computer smaller than the current iPad, people with knowledge of the situation said, as the Silicon Valley company tries to stay competitive …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Steve Jobs Wanted To Drop Google Search From The iPhone  —  Interesting nugget from Brad Stone, Adam Satariano, and Peter Burrows at Bloomberg BusinessWeek:  —  At the time of his death, Jobs had come to loathe Google, which he felt was copying features of the iPhone while withholding …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Ellen Pao Says Kleiner Perkins Has Now Fired Her  —  Ellen Pao, the Kleiner Perkins partner who sued her own firm for gender discrimination and retaliation in May, has been fired, she said late Tuesday night.  —  In an update to a previous answer she had left on Q&A site Quora, Pao wrote, “I have been terminated from my job at KPCB.
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Samsung Claims Jury Foreman Misconduct Tainted Apple Case  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) asked a judge to throw out Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s billion-dollar trial victory in August, saying the jury foreman failed to disclose a lawsuit and his personal bankruptcy when he was chosen for the panel.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Deutsche Telekom and MetroPCS agree on $1.5 billion T-Mobile merger  —  Apparently the “significant issues” that stood in the way of a prospective T-Mobile and MetroPCS deal couldn't have been too onerous.  Just a day after acknowledging that talks were underway both boards have approved the deal according to the Wall Street Journal.
Marcel Brown / Life, Liberty, and Technology:
The “Lost” Steve Jobs Speech from 1983; Foreshadowing Wireless Networking, the iPad, and the App Store  —  In 1983, Steve Jobs gave a speech to a relatively small audience at a somewhat obscure event called the International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA).
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia considers selling its Espoo headquarters for an estimated $250 million  —  Finnish company struggles to transition  —  Nokia's recent financial results show the company is clearly struggling to transition over to Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system, with CEO Stephen Elop admitting that Nokia …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Xbox Music to launch on October 26th with free ad-supported streaming  —  Spotify-like service on the way  —  Microsoft is preparing to launch its Xbox Music service on October 26th.  Multiple sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have confirmed the new service will launch at the same time as Windows 8.
More: CNET and Engadget
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Rolls Out Surveys - And Reminds Us Why It Cares About “Consistent User Experiences”  —  Here's an interesting new feature for Twitter advertisers: The chance to survey users directly.  —  Twitter is rolling out the tool today, which it will provide for free to some of its biggest advertisers …
Jon C. Ogg / 24/7 Wall St.:
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Sold $130 Million in Shares over Last Week  —  The rise of Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) has been monumental of late.  Analysts have been forcing their price targets higher after Google keeps a huge lead in internet search and as Android keeps gaining market share in the smartphone universe.
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Why Apple is launching the iPad mini, in one statistic  —  One in four US adults now owns a tablet computer, and two-thirds of those who own a tablet purchased them in the last year, reports The Economist's Leanback 2.0 blog.  (This data does not reflect the introduction of the Google's new 7-inch tablet …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AOL looking to spin out Techcrunch's CrunchBase  —  AOL, the New York-based media company that is the corporate parent of The Huffington Post and TechCrunch, is looking to spin out CrunchBase, the Techcrunch-owned database of technology companies and people that has become a useful resource for the technology business.
Exclusive: Best Buy founder presses forward on possible $11 billion buyout plan  —  (Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc founder Richard Schulze and at least four private equity firms have started examining the books of the world's largest consumer electronics chain, early steps toward what could become …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Acquires Photo Digitization And Sharing Service 1000memories  —  1000memories, the San Francisco-based startup which offers web and mobile applications for storing, organizing, sharing, and most importantly, digitizing, your print photographs, has been acquired.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Square Launches A Merchant Directory To Help Customers Discover New Places  —  Square, the startup disrupting the payments industry with its easy smartphone/tablet card-reader, has today launched Square Directory.  It is a web-based search engine that allows users to find new merchants …
Michael Isikoff / NBC News:
Homeland Security ‘fusion’ centers spy on citizens, produce ‘shoddy’ work, report says  —  The Department of Homeland Security has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a network of 77 so-called “fusion” intelligence centers that have collected personal information on some U.S. citizens …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
AT&T, Clearwire, HP, NTT DOCOMO And Others Join Via Licensing's LTE Patent Pool  —  Via Licensing, a fully owned subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories, today announced that ten major players in the mobile industry have banded together to join the organization's new patent pool for standard essential LTE patents.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
EE to launch UK 4G service on October 30th  —  Ten cities at launch, 16 by the end of the year  —  EE will set the UK's first LTE service live on October 30th.  At launch, the network will cover ten (as yet unspecified) cities, expanding to 16 cities — or a third of the UK's population — by the end of the year.
Brad Reed / BGR:
Four-inch Samsung Galaxy S III ‘mini’ rumored for launch next week  —  Intrigued by the Galaxy S III but are put off by its large 4.8-inch display?  Don't worry, it looks like Samsung (005930) has apparently got you covered.  Unwired View got its hands on a flier in Germany teasing the launch …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Appcelerator Launches “Innovation Fund” To Help Startups Speed Up Mobile App Development  —  Appcelerator is all about speeding the development of rich, native mobile apps.  One way it does this is with Titanium, its next-gen mobile app development platform.
More: GigaOM

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