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October 23, 2012, 5:05 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.”
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.
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.
Mark Hearn / Engadget:
iPad mini coming to Verizon, AT&T and Sprint in mid-November starting at $459  —  Today, Apple finally announced its highly anticipated iPad mini.  This 7.9-inch “little tablet that could” will be available from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint with shipping starting “a couple of weeks after” WiFi models go on sale on November 2nd.
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 …
Facebook:
Facebook Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results  —  Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) today reported financial results for the third quarter, which ended September 30, 2012.  —  “As proud as I am that a billion people use Facebook each month, I'm also really happy that over 600 million people now share …
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
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.
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 …
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.
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.

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