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October 9, 2012, 4:02 AM

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As U.S. Shies Away From Huawei, IPO Needs a New Home  —  Huawei Technologies Co. is looking to list its stock in the U.S., but with lawmakers in Washington saying the Chinese maker of telecommunications equipment poses a threat to national security, it may be better off looking toward Hong Kong, or even London.
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Leslie Horn / Gizmodo:
Oh God, Bravo's Silicon Valley Show Looks Even Worse Than We Thought Ugh Why Help  —  If you watch the latest promo for Bravo's Silicon Valley reality show and think, hey these [entrepreneurs] failed actors are just stringing together tech buzzwords, it's because that's exactly what they're doing.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone 8 pre-orders to begin on October 21st  —  Microsoft's first Windows Phone 8 devices will be available for pre-order in the US on October 21st.  Sources familiar with AT&T and Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the carrier will start taking pre-orders for its range …
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Leaked Boxee TV adds HDTV antenna and DVR to let you ditch cable for good  —  The Verge has obtained photos of Boxee TV, a device that aims to combine over-the-air live TV broadcasts, DVR functionality, and web apps into a single home theater solution.  It's a markedly different strategy …
Ryan Mac / Forbes:
Square To Announce Cabs Partnership With City Of New York  —  After closing out a deal to implement its technology in Starbucks stores across the nation, mobile payment company Square may be taking to the streets to find more revenue streams.  Literally.  —  Late Monday, private company expert PrivCo …
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Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Zynga executive overseeing key poker game departs  —  (Reuters) - Zynga Inc's executive overseeing its key poker game has quit, hitting the gamemaker in a particularly vulnerable spot as it struggles with a steady employee exodus and falling revenue.  —  The exit of former Zynga Poker General …
More: Digits, CNET and AllThingsD
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Finally: BitTorrent Piracy Evidence to be Tested in Court  —  Over the past two years a small group of copyright holders have started thousands of mass-BitTorrent lawsuits, targeting more than a quarter million people in the US alone.  —  The copyright holders who start these cases generally provide nothing …
Esther Addley / Guardian:
Julian Assange to publish book about freedom and the future of the internet  —  WikiLeaks founder to be co-author of book entitled Cypherpunks, despite being confined to Ecuadorean embassy in London  —  Julian Assange's last foray into the publishing world ended in an acrimonious and highly costly dispute …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
iPad Mini Design “Could Outshine the New iPad”  —  More grist for the rumor mill ahead of the so-called iPad mini's expected debut later this month.  —  Chatter from Apple's overseas supply chain indicates that the company has not been cutting corners in its efforts to keep …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Lodsys Offers Update on In App Purchase Patent Dispute, Claims Licensing Momentum  —  Nearly a year and a half ago, patent holding firm Lodsys threatened to file suit against App Store developers making use of Apple's In App Purchase mechanism, claiming that they were infringing upon patents held by Lodsys.
Killian Bell / Cult of Mac:
Steve Jobs Vowed To Patent Everything Apple Invented After Being Stung By $100m iPod Fine [Report]  —  Apple's overactive approach to defending its patents may sometimes make it look like one of the industry's biggest bullies, but you may be surprised to hear that the Cupertino used to patent hardly anything.
Ben Lee / GigaOM:
Twitter: It's time for patent trolls to bear the costs of frivolous lawsuits  —  Twitter is an engineering company, and engineers like to innovate.  Twitter is also well known, and, as a result, we receive patent threats and lawsuits from time to time.  Many of these are baseless, and our policy is to fight them with all our might.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Points phased out in favor of cash in Windows 8  —  Is this the end of Microsoft's controversial virtual currency?  —  Microsoft has started to remove its Points payments system as the default way to pay for music downloads and movie rentals or purchases in Windows 8.
Ben Klayman / Reuters:
GM to add 1,500 information tech jobs in Michigan  —  (Reuters) - General Motors Co said on Monday it will create 1,500 jobs at a new software development center in Michigan as part of the U.S. automaker's previously announced plan to shift information technology work back into the company.
More: ZDNet
David Kravets / Wired:
Child Porn in P2P Share Folder Is Smut Distribution, Appeals Court Says  —  A federal appeals court ruled that peer-to-peer file sharers can be prosecuted for distributing child pornography by having the illicit files in their open share folders.  —  That was the ruling by the nation's …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Google TV starts adding movie, music, and TV purchases from Google Play  —  Google TV owners rejoice: a new update means you'll be able to buy and rent movies, music and TV shows from Google Play and watch them on your Google TV device.  Yes, it's a little hard to believe that Google TV …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft speeds up IE10 Flash patching, matches Google  —  Out-of-nowhere update for Flash likely triggered by upcoming $2 million ‘Pwnium’ hacking contest that Google kicks off Wednesday, says expert  —  Adobe today issued a surprise update for Flash Player that patched 25 critical vulnerabilities in the ubiquitous media software.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Judge: Takeover of employee LinkedIn account doesn't violate hacking law  —  A federal judge rejected a Pennsylvania woman's argument that her employer violated a federal anti-hacking statute when it took control of her LinkedIn account after firing her.  The court ruled the harms cited …

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