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October 30, 2012, 12:00 PM

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Apple:
Apple Announces Changes to Increase Collaboration Across Hardware, Software & Services  —  Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi Add Responsibilities to Their Roles  —  Apple® today announced executive management changes that will encourage even more collaboration between …
Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Forstall Refused to Apologize  —  Apple Inc. executive Scott Forstall was asked to leave the company after he refused to sign his name to a letter apologizing for shortcomings in Apple's new mapping service, according to people familiar with the matter.
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Inside Apple's major shakeup  —  What is really behind the biggest management shakeup at Apple since the Steve Jobs putsch that eliminated Gil Amelio in 1997?  —  FORTUNE — Tim Cook's honeymoon at Apple is over.  —  Apple's (AAPL) CEO announced the departure of mobile software chief Scott Forstall on Monday.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Forstall Out; Ive Up  —  Blockbuster executive leadership change at Apple; Scott Forstall has been shown the door.  Here's the key paragraph: … Forstall has long been a polarizing executive within Apple.  Remember this piece by Austin Carr for Fast Company six weeks ago …
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Ballmer's New Mission for Microsoft  —  Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is betting on one of Microsoft Corp.'s busiest years ever to keep the company relevant in a new age of mobile technology.  —  On Monday, Microsoft formally introduced new smartphones that will use a revamped version of the company's mobile-phone operating software.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Says 700,000 Applications Available for Android  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) said there are about 700,000 applications available for downloading onto mobile devices that run the Android operating system, challenging Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s lead in the race for software tools.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Google Adds Power Outage Information To Its Hurricane Sandy Crisis Map  —  As we brought to your attention last night, Google set up what it calls a “Crisis Map” as we waited for Hurricane Sandy to make land-fall.  It has, and damage has been done, including massive power outages in all affected areas.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
4th Generation iPad Benchmarks Show 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor, 1GB of RAM  —  John Poole of Primate Labs posts about some 4th Generation iPad benchmarks that appeared in their Geekbench database on Sunday night.  —  True to Apple's claims, the 4th Generation iPad benchmarks about twice as fast as the 3rd Generation iPad.
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Nook HD review: a high-def tablet with the heart of a reader  —  Barnes & Noble knows where it stands in the tablet race.  Sure, the company has been plugging away at the space since the day the Nook Color made its transformation into a full-fledged tablet, but the Nook, it seems …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Startup Weekend looks to stamp out 30,000 entrepreneurs in new 4-week training program ‘Next’  —  Call it Startup Weekend on steroids.  —  The Seattle nonprofit today is unveiling a new four-week training program that's designed to get people off their duffs, pursuing that entrepreneurial idea that's been gathering dust for too long.
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Microsoft Renews Relevance With Machine Learning Technology  —  SEATTLE — Eric Horvitz joined Microsoft Research 20 years ago with a medical degree, a Ph.D. in computer science and no plans to stay.  “I thought I'd be here six months,” he said.  —  He remained at M.S.R. …
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
EMC to Acquire Silver Tail Systems  —  Data storage giant EMC just announced that it has reached a deal to acquire privately held Silver Tail Systems.  —  This is the privately held company that specializes in detecting fraud on the Web, and the reason that venture capitalist Marc Andreesseen …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Andreessen-Backed Start-Up ItsOn Raises $15 Million to Help Make Mobile Service More Flexible  —  Just recently, major carriers such as Verizon and AT&T started allowing customers to share a pool of data among several devices.  But that's just the start of how flexible cellular options could be.
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
NYC regulators propose rules for taxi apps  —  The New York Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) is releasing a list of proposed rule changes that would permit the use of smartphone apps to hail and pay for taxicabs, provided they work with the city's own computerized payment and trip data system.

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