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AllThingsD Week in Review: New iPads Ahead, HP’s “Pivotal Year” and Women at Twitter

iPad5_iPadmini-featureIn case you missed anything, here’s a quick roundup of some of the news that powered AllThingsD this week:

  1. Sources familiar with Apple’s plans told AllThingsD that the company’s fall iPad-update event will be held on Oct. 22. Coincidentally (or not), that’s already a busy date, allotted for a Nokia tablet event in Abu Dhabi and the start of Microsoft’s Surface 2 shipments.
  2. Millions of people are familiar with Google’s products, but how do the company’s many employees get their work done? Liz Gannes got the inside scoop from Google’s Chief Information Officer Ben Fried.
  3. Last weekend, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo came under fire after joking at the expense of one of the critics lobbying for the addition of a woman to Twitter’s board. Although some supporters of the pre-IPO social media company’s current board makeup say there are too few women qualified to serve on a tech board, the Class V Group’s founding principal, Lise Buyer, writes in Voices that that’s not true at all.
  4. On Monday, Samsung publicly reminded the Obama Administration that “the world [was] watching” to see if it would overturn an ITC import ban on devices found to be infringing the patents owned by Apple covering nonessential features of its devices. The appeal failed, and the ban was upheld on Tuesday.
  5. Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman has a plan for turning the computing and services giant around, and she laid it out for investors this week. In a speech before analysts, Whitman called 2014 a “pivotal year” for HP. Even after getting booted from the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the company said its outlook for next year is good (although maybe not great, depending on whom you ask).
  6. Speaking of HP, the company seems to be taking a page — or most of a page, anyway — from the Yahoo playbook, by requiring most employees not to work from home.
  7. Andrew Levy, CEO of mobile bug-tracker Crittercism, says that “anytime there is new hardware or software release, we see issues,” and, sure enough, that’s true for one of the new iPhones. Apps on the 5s are crashing about twice as often as they are on the iPhone 5 or 5c.
  8. The New York Times’ Nick Bilton is getting ready to publish a tell-all book about the turbulent early days of Twitter. Among the juicy details: After his ouster as Twitter’s CEO, co-founder Jack Dorsey phoned up Mark Zuckerberg to talk about switching teams and working for Facebook.
  9. As expected, BlackBerry has begun laying off employees at its headquarters, starting on Monday with 300 pink slips. But a few big departures already happened back in January, when seven members of The Astonishing Tribe quietly ducked out. Meanwhile, Apple is trying to pick off some of BlackBerry’s top talent by way of a well-attended jobs event.
  10. Usually, Apple products sell for their full price for at least a month or two after launch. Not so with the new iPhone 5c, which has seen a slew of price cuts by way of store credit. After initially offering a $50 gift card for eligible purchasers of the 5c, Best Buy ramped up its promotion on Thursday by offering $100 back on both of Apple’s new phones.

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus