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October 18, 2012, 10:40 AM

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The Next Web:
Troubled media sharing startup Color Labs said to be acquired by Apple  —  Color Labs, the photo-and-video-sharing social network that received much criticism over its pre-launch $41 million funding round, is about to be acquired by Apple.  We've heard through trusted sources that the startup …
BBC:
Apple loses UK tablet design appeal versus Samsung  —  A UK judge had said he thought few people would confuse the Galaxy Tab 10 with Apple's iPad  —  Apple has lost its appeal against a UK ruling that Samsung had not copied the design of its iPad.  —  A judge at the High Court in London …
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Apple Forced To Publicly Apologize In The UK For Claiming Samsung Copied The iPad  —  Apple will have to publish an apology to Samsung in various UK media saying Samsung did not copy Apple's iPad design for the Galaxy Tab tablet, the BBC reports.  —  The judges said Apple has to publish …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Nokia's Q3 2012: $754 million operating loss, $9.49 billion in net sales, 2.9 million Lumia phones sold  —  Beleaguered phone maker Nokia this morning published its financial results for the third quarter of 2012, reporting a $754 million (576 million euros) operating loss on $9.49 billion in net sales (7.239 billion euros).
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Elop: a Surface phone would stimulate the Windows Phone ecosystem  —  Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has previously said he has “no indications” that Microsoft might be planning to launch its own Surface phone, but in an investor call today he appeared to welcome it.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
AOL launches Alto webmail client, its biggest conceptual leap since 'you've got mail'  —  An uneven, but thoughtful and innovative attempt at reinventing email  —  AOL today announced Alto, a web-based IMAP email client that lets you manage multiple email accounts on one website.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Exclusive: White House review finds no evidence of spying by Huawei - sources  —  (Reuters) - A White House-ordered review of security risks posed by suppliers to U.S. telecommunications companies found no clear evidence that Huawei Technologies Ltd had spied for China, two people familiar with the probe told Reuters.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Yelp Tries to Halt Deceptive Reviews  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Businesses caught soliciting favorable reviews are increasingly running the risk of getting slapped with a badge of shame.  —  Like every Web site that depends on consumer critiques, Yelp has a problem with companies trying to manipulate their results.
Jack Dorsey:
Let's reconsider our “users” … During a Square Board meeting, our newest Director Howard Schultz, pulled me aside and asked a simple question.  —  “Why do you all call your customers ‘users’?”  —  “I don't know.  We've always called them that.”  —  It wasn't something I've thought about for some time.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Verizon reports Q3 wireless service revenues up 7.5 percent, LTE now available to 250 million people  —  The folks at Verizon are revelling in their third consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, having reported a 14.3 percent overall increase in earnings per share year-over-year.
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
Business Cards Do High-Tech Work  —  To read everything on Frank Zhao's business cards, you need a computer.  —  The 22-year-old computer programmer and biotech-company intern has cards made out of a standard, green circuit board.  Plug the corner of one into a USB port, hit “caps lock” …
More: ZDNet
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Nobody “Goes Online” Anymore  —  A large survey of Internet users found that they say they spend fewer hours per week online than they did a year ago.  —  Wait, really?  —  Well, it's a matter of perception.  This was a Forrester survey, and people were asked how much time they spend using the Internet.
More: SlashGear and Engadget
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Where Google Ventures Is Searching Now  —  Bill Maris runs Google Ventures, which has been a significant player in Silicon Valley's latest technology boom, pouring over $300 million into more than 130 companies in the past few years.  —  The venture arm of Google Inc. has invested …
Ryan Gallagher / Slate:
New “Surveillance-Proof” App To Secure Communications Has Governments Nervous  —  Silent Circle promises to make encryption easy for everyone.  —  Lately, Mike Janke has been getting what he calls the “hairy eyeball” from international government agencies.
Darren Dahl / New York Times:
As Pay-Per-Click Ad Costs Rise, Small Businesses Search for Alternatives  —  When Tom Telford helped found a vacation rental management company, Blue Creek Cabins, in 2001, he wanted a quick and easy way to connect with people looking to rent the 20 cabins he and his partner managed in and around the mountains of picturesque Helen, Ga.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google hosting Android event Monday, October 29th in New York  —  Google has issued an invite to an event in New York City on October 29th at 10am.  The purpose of the event is unknown aside from the fact that it has something to do with Android, and that the invite states “The playground is open.”
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Twitter Takes First Country-Specific Censorship Action, Against Hate Group In Germany  —  Earlier this year, Twitter added the ability to block Twitter accounts and tweets by a country-by-country basis, in case it needed to respond to legal requests.  Nine months later, the company has done …
Mark Milian / Bloomberg Tech Blog:
How a YouTube Exec Built an Army With Google's ‘20 Percent Time’  —  Google has promoted its “20 percent time” option as a way to encourage employees to be entrepreneurial.  —  Officially, Hunter Walk has fewer than a dozen engineers working for him at YouTube on developing services for nonprofits and activists.
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
City E-Mails Outline Policy Debate on Street-Hail Apps  —  In late August, as a taxi-hailing smartphone application neared its debut in New York City's yellow cabs, David S. Yassky, the chairman of the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission, presented three options in an e-mail to city officials.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
PayPal becomes the latest company to ban class action suits  —  An ‘unbelievably disastrous’ change, but the fine print holds a way out  —  On November 1st, PayPal will follow Sony, Microsoft, Netflix, and many others in banning class action lawsuits by customers.
Bloomberg:
Amazon Said to Be in Talks to Buy Brazil's Saraiva  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), the world's largest online retailer, is in talks to buy Saraiva SA Livreiros Editores (SLED3), a Brazilian bookseller, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said yesterday.

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