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October 25, 2012, 4:00 PM

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Microsoft:
Windows 8 Arrives  —  Easy-to-download upgrades and the best range of PCs ever welcome Windows 8 to worldwide availability.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the global availability of its popular Windows operating system, Windows 8.  Beginning Friday, Oct. 26, consumers and businesses worldwide …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Windows 8 After 1.24B Hours Of Testing, Available On Over 1,000 Certified Devices  —  During Microsoft's official launch event for Windows 8 in New York City today, Steven Sinofsky, the president of the company's Windows and Windows Live division, said that the company's …
BBC:
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer has plans for more hardware  —  Steve Ballmer: 'This is one of two or three big moments in Microsoft's history'  —  Microsoft's chief boss has confirmed he plans to release more devices.  —  Steve Ballmer told the BBC: “Is it fair to say we're going to do more hardware?
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Marissa Mayer Makes First Yahoo Acquisition: Stamped  —  Yahoo has acquired the company behind 1-year-old mobile recommendations app Stamped, its first since ex-Google exec Marissa Mayer became CEO of the company in July, Mashable has learned.  —  The acquisition was purely for talent …
iFixit:
MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012 Teardown  —  Apple just expanded their Retina family.  The newest bundle of joy: a 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display.  It's small, it's sleek, and all those pixels are pretty darn snazzy.  What goes best with a new gadget?  Yep, you guessed it: kittens.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
All eyes on Apple's earnings  —  Lowered expectations after Tim Cook's Tuesday bombshell  —  FORTUNE — On Monday, Wall Street's consensus for Apple's (AAPL) fourth quarter report — scheduled to be released today after the markets close — was for earnings of $8.85 on sales of $36.32 billion.
Bloomberg:
Apple's Online Radio Service to Challenge Pandora in 2013  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) and major music labels have intensified negotiations to start an advertising-supported Internet radio service by early next year, according to people with knowledge of the talks.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Software Eats Education: With $15 Million In Series B Funding, Andreessen Horowitz Bets On Udacity  —  Udacity, a startup focused on bringing free university-level educational worldwide, is today announcing a significant new investment: $15 million in Series B funding in a round led by top VC firm Andreessen Horowitz.
Steve Stecklow / Reuters:
Exclusive: Huawei partner offered U.S. tech to Iran  —  (Reuters) - An Iranian partner of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, a Chinese company that has denied breaking U.S. sanctions, last year tried to sell embargoed American antenna equipment to an Iranian firm, according to documents and interviews.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Samsung Nexus 10 manual surfaces ahead of Google announcement  —  Google is rumored to be launching at least one new Nexus phone and tablet on Monday, including a Samsung-built tablet codenamed “Manta.”  Now, a pair of images have surfaced on Korean site Seeko, showing what looks like a manual for a Samsung Nexus 10.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
UK retailer Carphone Warehouse pushes Nexus 4 preorders early, promises delivery by October 30  —  Getting a little ahead of itself, UK mobile retailer Carphone Warehouse has pushed live preorders for LG's Nexus 4, confirming specifications and a delivery date of October 30.
Inside Flipboard:
Audio Comes to Flipboard on Android  —  Starting today, Flipboard fans on Android smartphones can add a soundtrack to their flipping.  That's right—Flipboard on Android now has audio.  —  This means that you can now enjoy everything featured in our Audio category in the Content Guide …
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Opera: iOS still king of mobile ads as Android drops below BlackBerry on value for money  —  Opera released its inaugural mobile advertising report in July and, three months down the line, the Norwegian browser maker is back with new insight.  The Q3 2012 installment of the 'State …
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Sprint sells 1.5 million iPhones, 1 million other smartphones, but makes a net loss of $767 million  —  Sprint's latest financials show that the network is stemming its losses, but is still taking a hit on a $767 million net loss and an operating loss of $231 million.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
View later service Pocket gets a crisp and capable Mac app at last  —  Today, view later service Pocket gets a beautiful Mac app to compliment its apps for Android, iOS and the web.  It offers a capable translation of the Pocket paradigm from its other incarnations to the Mac design language without giving up its own unique flavor.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
From Typing To Gliding And Back Again: SwiftKey Touchscreen Keyboard Maker Adds Swype-Style Input, Calls It SwiftKey Flow  —  It's a tale of two increasingly similar touchscreen keyboards: SwiftKey's latest move to counter Nuance-owned rival Swype is to adopt a Swype-style input method …
Chantal Da Silva / BetaKit:
WalkMe Adds $5.5M in Series B Funding to Scale On-Site Tutorial Platform  —  Tel Aviv-based WalkMe, an interactive website guidance tool first covered by BetaKit last April, announced today that it has secured $5.5 million in Series B investment.  The funding round was led by Gemini Israel Ventures …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Imgur, Now With 1.2B Daily Image Views, Adds New Gallery, Sorting, Reputation Tracking To Its Buzzy Image-Sharing Service  —  Today, the popular image-sharing platform Imgur is announcing a significant change to its user experience in hopes of increasing the viral potential of its images.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Verizon, AT&T put Samsung's Galaxy Note II on pre-sale for $300 with a two-year contract  —  Samsung's Galaxy Note II played coy at first by only hanging out with the European crowd, but now that it's here, it's the life of the US carrier party.  The two biggest, AT&T and Verizon …
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Judge steps down in patent lawsuit filed over Apple's Siri  —  In a new lawsuit that claims Apple's virtual personal assistant is infringing on already developed patent technology, the judge recuses himself because of “interest” in the tech company.  —  A recently filed lawsuit over Apple's Siri …
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