October 25, 2012, 5:25 AM

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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 Tuesday - a 700% spike from the day before, says Anthony Scarsella, chief gadget officer at the site.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Zynga Reports Third Quarter Revenue Of $317M, Shares Pop 12.7% In After-Hours  —  Zynga said it saw third quarter revenue of $317 million, which was slightly above the lower range of $300 million to $305 million the company said it would see earlier this month.  Bookings came in at $256 million, up 11 percent year-over-year.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple wins preliminary ruling from U.S. ITC that Samsung violates 4 design and touch patents  —  Apple has won a preliminary ruling against Samsung in an ITC case that had begun last year, reports Bloomberg.  The ruling states that Samsung has violated four Apple patents related to iPhone design …
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Judge steps down in patent lawsuit filed over Apple's Siri  —  In a new lawsuit that claims Apple's virtual personal assistant is infringing on already developed patent technology, the judge recuses himself because of “interest” in the tech company.  —  A recently filed lawsuit over Apple's Siri …
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
New Kindles start shipping today in Europe, Lovefilm launches on Kindle Fire  —  As promised, Amazon has started shipping its latest Kindles on the other side of the Atlantic, with the Kindle Paperwhite as well as the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD making the trip.
Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
Education, Technology “Journalism,” and the Apple PR Machine  —  I wasn't planning to write anything about Apple's media event yesterday.  I tuned in to the livestream, but when all the announcements were made, it seemed clear to me that nothing that was revealed on stage in San Jose was that significant to education.
Moritz Jaeger / ZDNet:
Google, Microsoft and Nokia launch one-stop ‘hide from maps’ service in Germany  —  Summary: Google, Microsoft and other companies have come together to help Germans to blur pictures of their properties in mapping services like Google Street View.  The service has been made necessary …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Samsung Series 3 Chromebook review  —  With ARM, has Google's cloud-based laptop finally found its soulmate?  —  People laugh when I pull the old Samsung Series 5 Chromebook out of my bag.  I almost feel the need to apologize for it when I turn it on: “Here's a $450 laptop that just browses the web.
Eliza Kern / GigaOM:
Rewarder gets $7 million to fulfill your oddest, nerdiest dreams  —  Have a penchant for pomegranates and or a longing to be Lucius Malfoy?  You're in luck - Rewarder, the startup launching Wednesday with a $7 million Series A funding round, hopes to make all your weirdest dreams come true.
Mihoko Matsubara / ISN:
A Stuxnet Future?  Yes, Offensive Cyber-Warfare is Already Here  —  According to Mihoko Matsubara, the Stuxnet attack on Iran's nuclear facilities demonstrates that well-resourced actors now have the capacity to use offensive cyber capabilities to fragment command and control structures …
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google on Track for Another Record High: Lobbying Expenses  —  Google this week disclosed it spent $4.18 million on U.S. lobbying in the third quarter of 2012, bringing the company to $13.13 million spent this year — a record.  —  That makes Google the seventh-biggest lobbying spender out there …
Mike Lennon / SecurityWeek:
Tech Giants Form Cyber Security Research Alliance  —  An assembly of tech giants including AMD, Honeywell, Intel, Lockheed Martin, and RSA, has come together to form the “Cyber Security Research Alliance”, a consortium that will focus on the “grand challenges” for cyber security and next generation technologies.

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