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October 24, 2012, 4:05 PM

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Reuters:
Apple's Schiller defends iPad mini's price tag  —  (Reuters) - Apple marketing wizard Phil Schiller defended the $329 price of the new iPad mini tablet, saying consumers will be willing to pay for quality not found in less expensive devices from rivals like Google and Amazon.
Quentin Fottrell / MarketWatch:
iPad resales surge over 700% … Two major resale sites reported eye-popping surges in business in the run-up to the iPad Mini launch.  Some 140,000 devices were put up for sale on Gazelle.com Tuesday - a 700% spike from the day before, says Anthony Scarsella, chief gadget officer at the site.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
iPad mini: Why Tim Cook's Apple is a better company than the one Steve Jobs left behind  —  The new iPad mini reveals that Tim Cook's Apple is a better company than the one Steve Jobs left behind.  —  Every fall, Apple holds a big event to show off its holiday lineup of gadgets.
Mathew Honan / Wired:
Microsoft Dives Deep to Surface a Hit  —  Nobody asked me about my Surface.  I tried flashing it all over the place.  But despite my best efforts, no one seemed curious.  —  At Victrola Coffee Roasters in Seattle, I sat in the front window, with a hot pink Touch Cover attached, intentionally conspicuous.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Microsoft Surface Review  —  A Different Perspective  —  A week ago, I sat in an auditorium and listened to Steve Sinofsky talk about the tablet market.  He talked about how the iPad was a great device, and a logical extension of the iPhone.  Give iOS a bigger screen and all of the sudden …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Reuters:
Dutch court says Samsung does not infringe Apple patent  —  (Reuters) - A Dutch court ruled on Wednesday that Samsung Electronics does not infringe an Apple patent by using certain multi-touch techniques on some Galaxy smartphones and tablet computers.  —  “With these products Samsung does …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
How a Google Headhunter's E-Mail Unraveled a Massive Net Security Hole  —  It was a strange e-mail, coming from a job recruiter at Google, asking Zachary Harris if he was interested in a position as a site-reliability engineer.  —  “You obviously have a passion for Linux and programming,” the e-mail from the Google recruiter read.
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Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
‘Letterpress’ for iOS: Tweetie creator emerges from year of silence with addictive word game  —  The inventor of ‘pull-to-refresh’ and Twitter for iPad takes a stab at gaming  —  Almost one year ago Loren Brichter left Twitter, largely leaving the public eye “to figure out what's next.”
Jason Cohen / A Smart Bear:
The rise of the “successful” unsustainable company  —  It's appalling what passes for “successful entrepreneurship” in the press or the Valley, but it's not their fault.  —  Witness, for example, this terrific Fast Company article on Bill Nguyen, serial entrepreneur who's seventh startup …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Square Takes Its First International Step: Payment Service Now Live In Canada  —  Square has taken its first step outside of the U.S. for its mobile payment service: it is now live in Canada.  The company said today that its mobile card reader/processor is now available nationwide …
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
AT&T sells 4.7 million iPhones and 1.4 million smartphones to make a $3.6 billion profit in Q3 2012 (video)  —  AT&T's third quarter figures have shown that the network certainly has a handle on this “selling smartphones” malarkey.  In the last three months, it's managed to ship 6.1 smartphones …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Japan's GREE Acquires Game Developer Pokelabo For $173M  —  Bolstering its arsenal of first-party games for the Japanese market, GREE acquired developer Pokelabo for $173 million in an all-cash deal.  Asia-focused venture capital firm DCM gets a win with this acquisition as it had a little over 20 percent of the company.

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