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October 23, 2012, 3:35 PM

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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Apple announces the 7.9-inch iPad for $329, shipping November 2nd  —  The iPad mini has just been revealed by Apple at its special event in San Jose.  Up on stage, Phil Schiller explains that this “isn't just a shrunken-down iPad, it's an entirely new design.”
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple announces its 4th generation full-size iPad with A6X chip, LTE, HD FaceTime and Lightning connector  —  Apple today announced an updated version of its iPad to include its Lighting connector and an A6X chip.  It features 10 hours of battery life and an HD version of its front facing camera.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Apple iPad mini hands-on  —  Here it is, Apple's new iPad mini.  As you can see, it's certainly smaller than the regular iPad, although at 7.9 inches it's not as small as you'd expect — compared to the Nexus 7, it's noticeably larger.  That said, it's still an incredibly thin and light design.
Apple:
All-New iMac Features Stunning Design, Brilliant Display & Faster Performance  —  Apple® today unveiled a completely new iMac® with a stunning design, brilliant display with reduced reflection, and faster processors.  * With third generation Intel quad-core processors …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Apple unveils next-generation iMac with slimmer design and Ivy Bridge, starting at $1,299  —  Who said Apple's event was all about the little things?  Apple just unveiled its first redesign to its iMac desktop in three years.  The new all-in-one makes the widely expected leap …
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Apple introduces new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, ships today for $1,699  —  Like its predecessor, it lacks discrete graphics  —  Apple has confirmed the rumors, and has announced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display.  The model shares many of the same features …
Yusuf Mehdi / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Introducing the New Entertainment Experience from Xbox  —  Steve Ballmer recently stated that 2012 will be “the most epic year in Microsoft's history.”  —  Not only do we have major releases coming to the PC, tablet and phone, but we have worked extremely hard to ensure those screens work together …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Apple's iBooks Author adds templates and fonts, as 2.5K US classrooms use iBooks in school  —  Today at its event in San Jose, Apple has released an update to its iBooks Author app, bringing in new portrait templates, the ability to use your own fonts, multitouch widgets and more.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Paid Blogger  —  Hey.  —  My name is Michael Arrington.  For newer readers who don't know, I founded TechCrunch back in 2005.  —  Last year I was fired and began writing on Uncrunched.  —  Today AOL unfired me.  —  I am a venture capitalist and have all sorts of conflicts of interest.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
USPTO invalidates Apple's “rubber-banding” patent asserted against Samsung  —  It was discovered in a Monday court filing from Samsung that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tentatively invalidated Apple's bounce scroll, or “rubber-banding,” patent, possibly putting the Apple v. Samsung jury's decision regarding the property at risk.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Zynga Just Shut Down Boston Office, Laid Off 100+ Employees From The Ville And Bingo Teams In Austin  —  Possibly trying to hide the grim news by announcing it during Apple's event, we've just independently confirmed that Zynga has shut down its Boston office and laid off 2/3s of the employees …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Google Drive apps renamed ‘Docs, Sheets and Slides’, now available in the Chrome Web Store  —  While Apple is busy occupying the tech blogging space, Google has announced a minor bit of news of its very own, with its suite of office apps on Google Drive being rebranded from Documents …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google releases search app for Windows 8  —  As it's done with iOS, Google is trying to carve out a place for search and other services on Microsoft's new operating system.  —  Google has built a search app for Windows 8  —  On Windows today, people reach Google's search service with a browser.
More: The Next Web and PC WorldThanks:@stshank
New York Times:
In Mobile World, Tech Giants Scramble to Get Up to Speed  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Intel made its fortune on the chips that power personal computers, and Microsoft on the software that goes inside.  Google's secret sauce is that it finds what you are looking for on the Internet.
David Talbot / MIT Technology Review:
A Bandwidth Breakthrough  —  Academic researchers have improved wireless bandwidth by an order of magnitude—not by adding base stations, tapping more spectrum, or cranking up transmitter wattage, but by using algebra to banish the network-clogging task of resending dropped packets.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 8 Advertising Campaign Goes Global  —  As we enter the final countdown to the global launch of Windows 8, today marks the global unveiling of the Windows 8 advertising campaign going live in 42 countries.  With the reimagining of the Windows product experience—marketing is breaking from the past as well.
More: The Verge and WinBeta
Ritsuko Ando / Reuters:
Nokia seeks $972 million from bonds to help drive fightback  —  (Reuters) - Mobile phone maker Nokia plans to raise 750 million euros ($972 million) from bonds convertible into shares, seeking a cheap way to help finance its fight to claw back market share lost to Apple and Samsung.

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