October 16, 2012, 4:03 AM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Apple Nabs Amazon A9 Exec Stasior to Run Siri — But Does Hire Signal a Bigger Move Into Search?  —  Apple has hired major Amazon exec and prominent search technologist William Stasior to run its Siri unit, according to sources.  —  At the online retail giant, Stasior has been in charge of A9 …
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Samsung reveals lineup, pricing on Windows 8 hybrids & ultrabooks (photos)  —  NEW YORK CITY — Korean electronics giant Samsung has been steadily revealing details about its lineup of Windows 8 PCs and tablet hybrids, but tonight we finally have what appears to be the finalized lineup and prices of these new devices.
Sherri L. Smith / LAPTOP Magazine:
Samsung Windows 8 PCs Will Have Start Menu After All  —  Itís a case of now you see it, now you don't and now you do again over at Samsung.  When we first reported on Samsung's first Windows 8 devices, notably the Series 5 and Series 7 Slate, they featured S Launcher …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
The $56 Million Man: Yahoo Confirms Hiring of Google's De Castro as COO  —  Yahoo said today in a regulatory filing that it had hired one of Google's top sales execs, Henrique De Castro, as its COO.  —  Earlier today, I had reported that CEO Marissa Mayer had been close to nabbing the exec …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple also planning new Mac minis for launch alongside smaller iPad  —  Alongside the smaller iPad, Apple plans to announce a new version of its Mac mini.  Sources say that these Mac minis will come in two standard configurations, with different storage and processor options, and a third model that runs OS X Server.
David Beren / TmoNews:
MetroPCS Shareholders File Suit To Block Deutsche Telekom Merger  —  According to a brand new lawsuit filed in Dallas, Texas, the merger between T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS is “cheating shareholders” through a “drastically undervalued” merger.  Under the agreed upon terms of the deal …
More: GeekWire, CNET and SlashGear
Tim Cushing / Techdirt:
Textbook Publisher Pearson Takes Down 1.5 Million Teacher And Student Blogs With A Single DMCA Notice  —  If there's one thing we've seen plenty of here at Techdirt, it's the damage a single DMCA takedown notice can do.  From shuttering a legitimate ebook lending site to removing negative reviews …
More: The Verge and Ars TechnicaTweets: @dangillmor
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Xbox: The new face of ‘entertainment’ at Microsoft, beyond just video games  —  The most striking takeaway from a recent meeting I had with Xbox Music GM Jerry Johnson wasn't the Spotify-like service he was in New York City to show off, but rather what he said about a much larger internal change at Microsoft.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Apple's new iPod touch takes a step back: No light sensor  —  After raving about my new iPod touch last week, I've continued to happily use the device; until this weekend, that is.  I actually thought my iPod touch was broken, in fact.  Turns out that the device is just fine and functioning as it should.
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Americans Paying More for LTE Service  —  BERLIN — Does LTE, the superfast wireless service based on Long Term Evolution technology, cost too much in the United States?  A recent study by the research arm of the GSM Association, a group based in London that represents mobile operators, suggests that may be the case.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google TV finally gets added to a TV set-top box... in Korea  —  Google has sealed its first set-top box deal for its Google TV platform: Customers of South Korea's LG UPlus IPTV subscription service can now chose to get a Google TV-powered set-top box instead of their plain old cable box.
Julian Assange / TwitLonger:
Basic solidarity in WikiLeaks & Anonymous  —  Freedom isn't free, justice isn't free and solidarity isn't free.  They all require generosity, self-discipline, courage and a sense of perspective.  Groups with unity flourish and those without unity are destroyed and replaced by those who have it.
Tweets: @evgenymorozov and @tim
Carav / Chipworks:
Inside the Apple Lightning Cable  —  We couldn't help but notice that there is a lot of speculation and discussion (and frankly, a few wild guesses) concerning the functions of the Apple's new lightning connectors.  We don't normally give (a total of five blogs!) this much attention …
More: MacRumors
Steve Lohr / NYT Bits:
In the High-Tech Patent Wars, an Inventor's Lament  —  A long, narrative article we ran last week on the challenges facing the patent system, “The Patent, Used as a Sword,” prompted a lot of comments, and we posted more than 275 of them.  —  But I thought it might be worthwhile to present one more …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Circa's New iOS App Will Change The Way You Consume News  —  The way that we consume information on the Internet has changed dramatically over the years.  The main reason is because there is simply more content available to us than we could ever consume during our time on Earth.
Apple Appeals Tokyo Court's Ruling for Samsung in Lawsuit  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) appealed a Tokyo ruling that said Samsung Electronics Co. didn't infringe on the iPhone maker's patent as the world's top two smartphone sellers continue their global legal dispute.
Jennifer O'Mahony / Telegraph:
Muslims protest ‘age of mockery’ as thousands descend on Google HQ  —  Thousands of Muslims have pledged a series of protests against Google HQ for a “hateful and offensive” anti-Islam video, saying they now live in an “age of mockery”.  —  A protest by 10,000 Muslims outside the offices …
Sarah Mitroff / Wired:
Startups: GrabCAD Is Building Community in 3-D  —  GrabCAD hosts CAD files for everything from sports cars to machine parts  —  You've engineered a mockup for a stunning two-seater.  The body is sleek, the wheels look ready to pounce, and the headlights are straight out of sci-fi fan fiction.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
File-Sharers Buy 30% More Music Than Non-P2P Peers  —  The major music labels have a clear stance on online piracy, as the following quote from the RIAA illustrates.  —  “While downloading one song may not feel that serious of a crime, the accumulative impact of millions of songs downloaded illegally …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Square officially ends its New York taxi pilot  —  After seven months of testing an iPad-based payment system in New York taxis, Square is officially terminating its pilot, well short of its original planned ending date, according to a letter sent to the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission on Friday.
Serena Saitto / Bloomberg:
Sprint Said Not to Plan Clearwire Takeover After Softbank Deal  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), which agreed to sell a 70 percent stake to Softbank Corp. (9984) for $20.1 billion, has no immediate plans to take over Clearwire Corp. (CLWR), said people with direct knowledge of the situation.
Mark Hearn / Engadget:
Adobe Reader for iOS and Android updated with cloud storage support  —  On Monday, Adobe dropped details for an update to its iOS and Android versions of Reader.  The most noteworthy enhancement here is the introduction of cloud file storage with, which allows users to view …

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