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October 24, 2012, 10:30 PM

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Reuters:
Apple's Schiller defends iPad mini's price tag  —  (Reuters) - Apple marketing wizard Phil Schiller defended the $329 price of the new iPad mini tablet, saying consumers will be willing to pay for quality not found in less expensive devices from rivals like Google and Amazon.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Facebook's final Instagram purchase price: $715 million in cash and stock  —  Today Facebook detailed the final Instagram purchase information in its 10-Q. The company stated that the final purchase of Instagram will sit in its accounting as $521 million.  —  That figure was arrived …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
How a Google Headhunter's E-Mail Unraveled a Massive Net Security Hole  —  It was a strange e-mail, coming from a job recruiter at Google, asking Zachary Harris if he was interested in a position as a site-reliability engineer.  —  “You obviously have a passion for Linux and programming,” the e-mail from the Google recruiter read.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple wins preliminary ruling from U.S. ITC that Samsung violates 4 design and touch patents  —  Apple has won a preliminary ruling against Samsung in an ITC case that had begun last year, reports Bloomberg.  The ruling states that Samsung has violated four Apple patents related to iPhone design …
Reuters:
Knowlton Thomas / Techvibes.com:
Salesforce Laying Off Radian6 and Buddy Media Employees and Execs  —  We learned this morning that Salesforce was “decimating” Radian6's marketing and social community departments.  According to a source familiar with the matter, people from the vice-president level down are facing layoffs …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple confirms that 12W adapter will charge iPads quicker than older 10W adapters  —  The morning of Apple's iPad mini event earlier this week, we told you there was a handful of new accessories coming including four new Lightning adapters and a 12W USB power adapter.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Samsung Series 3 Chromebook review  —  With ARM, has Google's cloud-based laptop finally found its soulmate?  —  People laugh when I pull the old Samsung Series 5 Chromebook out of my bag.  I almost feel the need to apologize for it when I turn it on: “Here's a $450 laptop that just browses the web.
Moritz Jaeger / ZDNet:
Google, Microsoft and Nokia launch one-stop ‘hide from maps’ service in Germany  —  Summary: Google, Microsoft and other companies have come together to help Germans to blur pictures of their properties in mapping services like Google Street View.  The service has been made necessary …
More: BetaNews
Mathew Honan / Wired:
Microsoft Dives Deep to Surface a Hit  —  Nobody asked me about my Surface.  I tried flashing it all over the place.  But despite my best efforts, no one seemed curious.  —  At Victrola Coffee Roasters in Seattle, I sat in the front window, with a hot pink Touch Cover attached, intentionally conspicuous.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
‘Letterpress’ for iOS: Tweetie creator emerges from year of silence with addictive word game  —  The inventor of ‘pull-to-refresh’ and Twitter for iPad takes a stab at gaming  —  Almost one year ago Loren Brichter left Twitter, largely leaving the public eye “to figure out what's next.”
Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
EBay Teams Up With FedEx on Shipping to Compete With Amazon  —  EBay Inc. (EBAY), owner of the world's largest online marketplace, is joining with FedEx Corp. (FDX) to offer shipping discounts and label printing as the company competes with Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)'s vast delivery network.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Sprint 4G LTE may not show up in NY, SF until March  —  There could potentially be a long wait for Sprint customers looking to tap into the faster 4G LTE network.  —  Sprint Nextel's super-fast 4G LTE network could show up to major markets such as New York and San Francisco as late as March, CNET has learned.
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
NetCoalition winds down operations  —  The tech trade group NetCoalition is winding down its operations after launching a little more than a decade ago during the heyday of the dot-com boom.  —  Three firms that lobbied on behalf of NetCoalition — TwinLogic Strategies …
Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
Education, Technology “Journalism,” and the Apple PR Machine  —  I wasn't planning to write anything about Apple's media event yesterday.  I tuned in to the livestream, but when all the announcements were made, it seemed clear to me that nothing that was revealed on stage in San Jose was that significant to education.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Yahoo! Follows Through On Closing Korean Business, Cuts Around 200 Jobs  —  According to Reuters, Yahoo! is actively closing down its Korean business and cutting around 200 jobs.  We've reached out to Yahoo! for comment and confirmation and will update you as soon as we hear back.
More: BGR and The Next WebTweets: @reuters and @reuters

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