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October 23, 2012, 3:05 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.”
Apple:
Apple Introduces iPad mini  —  Apple® today introduced iPad® mini, a completely new iPad design that is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad.  The new iPad mini features a stunning 7.9-inch Multi-Touch™ display, FaceTime® HD and iSight® cameras …
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.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Tim Cook: Apple Has Sold 100M iPads In Just Two And A Half Years  —  Today, Tim Cook told us that Apple has sold over 100M iPads in just 2 and a half years of existence.  That's pretty impressive and it's about to get bigger.  But smaller...due to the iPad Mini that's about to be announced.
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 …
More: 9to5Mac
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 …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple refreshes Mac mini lineup as expected, retains last gen pricing, ships today  —  As predicted Apple just confirmed at its special iPad mini event that it will be refreshing the Mac mini lineups with upgraded internals.  The new models will retain the same pricing as previous generation …
Apple:
Apple Introduces 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display  —  Apple® today introduced an all-new version of its popular 13-inch MacBook® Pro featuring a stunning Retina™ display and all flash storage in a new compact design.  At a mere 0.75 inches and 3.57 pounds …
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.
More: TUAW and Mashable!
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.
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
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.
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.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga's Next Gamble: An Ad Platform  —  Zynga is building its own advertising platform that it plans to make available to third-party developers that work with the gaming company.  —  For Zynga, which has struggled to develop a new hit game recently, the strategy has two aims.
Amanda Lefebvre / The Microsoft Office Blog:
New Office Web Apps, now live on SkyDrive  —  The new Office Web Apps are now live!  —  Thanks to all 750,000 of you who have helped put the Office Web Apps Preview through its paces since it went live in July.  This scale of use and thousands of pieces of feedback prior to general availability …

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