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October 30, 2012, 7:10 PM

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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Delays iTunes Refresh  —  Apple surprised lots of people yesterday.  Here's a smaller bit of unexpected news: The company is delaying the update of its iTunes software.  —  Back in September, Apple said an iTunes overhaul would be out in October.  Now it's pushing that back a month.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Microsoft: Four Million Windows 8 Installs Down, 396 Million More to Go  —  Back in September, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made an ambitious prediction: “One year from now — between Windows phones, Windows tablets and Windows PCs — we'll see close to ... 400 million new devices running those new operating systems.”
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Matt Drance / Apple Outsider:
Regime Change  —  Apple cannot afford to get too big or too disorganized.  That's my takeaway from yesterday's shocker that not only is Scott Forstall out at Apple, but also that his fiefdom is being split between Craig Federighi, Eddy Cue, and Jony Ive.  We learned a lot about Tim Cook yesterday.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
From inside Apple, the Scott Forstall fallout  —  Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive, put his stamp on the Cupertino, Calif-based iPhone maker Monday and shook up his management team.  That meant promotions for some and exits for others.  While executive changes are as routine as replacing shoe insoles …
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Phil Sharp / Gmail Blog:
Introducing the new compose in Gmail  —  We're always trying to make Gmail faster and easier to use, so today we're introducing a completely redesigned compose and reply experience that does just that.  —  Faster  —  How many times have you been writing an email and had to reference something in another message?
Kenneth Bongort / The Official Google Blog:
Google's most advanced voice search has arrived on iOS  —  When you have a question, finding the answer should be effortless—wherever you are and whatever device you're using.  The new Google Search app for iPhone and iPad helps you to do just that with enhanced voice search that answers …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Massive Flooding Damages Several NYC Data Centers  —  Flooding from Hurricane Sandy has hobbled two data center buildings in Lower Manhattan, taking out diesel fuel pumps used to refuel generators.A third building at 121 Varick is also reported to be without power.
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.
Natalie Huet / Reuters:
Acer delays Windows RT tablets after Microsoft moves into market  —  (Reuters) - Taiwanese computer maker Acer is putting off the launch of tablets using Microsoft's new Windows RT operating system to give itself time to see how Microsoft's own Surface tablet fares.
Griffin McElroy / Polygon:
Disney purchases Lucasfilm in $4 billion acquisition deal, includes LucasArts  —  Disney has acquired Lucasfilm, Ltd. in a massive acquisition which cost $4.05 billion, the two companies announced in a joint press release today.  —  The announcement is not without its fair share of surprises …
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Mark Cuban: Apple TV Is a Pipe Dream And why the HDNet founder thinks that may be a good thing  —  Mark Cuban has never been shy.  Whether he's opining about Jason Kidd's decision to bolt from Cuban's Dallas Mavericks for the New York Knicks (he is very mad) or Google's business model …
More: CNET and TUAW
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Fraudster Paul Ceglia's 8th Lawyer Ditches Him After Arrest For Faking Evidence  —  Chasing a massive payday, lawyers flocked to a man who claimed to have evidence that he owned half of Facebook.  But after Paul Ceglia's arrest for forging that evidence this week …

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