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October 24, 2012, 2:05 PM

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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:
Hardworking Tablet With PC Chops  —  I am writing this paragraph on a tablet in a coffee shop.  That's no big deal.  As I look around, I see several people working on Apple iPads.  But the tablet I'm using is very different—historic, actually.  It's the first personal computer made by Microsoft …
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Surface RT Review: This Is Technological Heartbreak  —  Surface was the single biggest genuine tech surprise of the year so far.  Microsoft tantalized us with a tablet that made the iPad look stale.  Its snap-on keyboard made all laptops look immediately old fashioned.
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.
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.
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 …
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.”
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
HP outs pricing on full Windows 8 PC lineup  —  A huge wave of Windows 8 PCs is coming, and HP is hoping to ride it to victory.  Early on Wednesday, the company announced pricing and availability for its complete Windows 8 PC portfolio, which includes a broad range of notebooks …
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 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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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 …
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 …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
European Commission sends formal complaint to Microsoft over browser choice commitments  —  Announcing that it would investigate Microsoft over whether it has offered Windows users a choice over their web browser, the European Commission has sent a formal complaint the Redmond-based company, sending it a formal state of objections.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Note II for T-Mobile now available for $370 on contract  —  T-Mobile may be a bit late to the Samsung Galaxy Note II party, but the mega-sized 5.5-inch smartphone has now landed in its online store for $370 on contract.  You'll need to commit yourself to one of several …
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Cyberattack on Saudi Oil Firm Disquiets U.S.  —  The hackers picked the one day of the year they knew they could inflict the most damage on the world's most valuable company, Saudi Aramco.  —  On Aug. 15, more than 55,000 Saudi Aramco employees stayed home from work to prepare …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Skype 6.0 for Mac and Windows released with Facebook and Microsoft login options  —  A Windows 8 and RT-specific version of Skype will be coming in a few days, but current Mac and Windows users are getting an update now.  Version 6.0 of Skype for desktop offers some helpful design tweaks …

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