October 26, 2012, 4:20 AM

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Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results  —  26.9 Million iPhones Sold; Record Fourth Quarter Revenue and Profit  —  Board Declares Quarterly Dividend of $2.65 per Common Share  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 fourth quarter ended September 29, 2012.
Alex Heath / Cult of Mac:
Windows 8 Arrives  —  Easy-to-download upgrades and the best range of PCs ever welcome Windows 8 to worldwide availability.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the global availability of its popular Windows operating system, Windows 8.  Beginning Friday, Oct. 26, consumers and businesses worldwide …
The Windows RT Review  —  Meet Windows RT  —  Microsoft's first serious foray into tablets came just after the turn of the new millenium, with Bill Gates demonstrating the first tablet PC prototype onstage at Comdex in the autumn of 2000.  From there, OEMs started releasing tablets based …
More: GigaOM
Brad Sams / Neowin:
Microsoft's Times Square store opens, draws massive crowds  —  Microsoft is throwing a massive party in New York for the launch of its latest OS, Windows 8.  Launching alongside Windows 8 is Microsoft's first tablet, the Surface.  We have gathered a few images from twitter that show the scale …
More: The Next Web and TechCrunchTweets: @fxshaw, @inafried, @windows and @tomwarrenThanks:@bdsams
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft offers $100 giveaway to line up for Surface  —  There's plenty of interest in Microsoft's new Surface tablets and Windows 8 so it's a little surprising that the company is making a lucrative offer to get people to line up at stores on their big launch day.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Apple's Online Radio Service to Challenge Pandora in 2013  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) and major music labels have intensified negotiations to start an advertising-supported Internet radio service by early next year, according to people with knowledge of the talks.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Samsung shipped a stunning 57M smartphones in Q3 — twice as many as Apple  —  Samsung shipped 56.9 million of the 162 million smartphones sold globally in the third quarter of 2012, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics.  That adds up to a massive 35 percent global share …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung posts $7.4 billion profit as handsets mask weak chip sales  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co, the world's top technology firm by revenue, reported record quarterly profit of $7.4 billion on Friday, with strong sales of its Galaxy range of phones masking sharply lower memory chip sales.
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Amazon Reports $169 Million Loss on LivingSocial  —  Groupon's stock price isn't the only sign that the daily deals bubble has burst: In its third-quarter earnings report, Amazon took a writedown of $169 million, or $0.37 per share, for its stake in daily deals site LivingSocial.
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Marissa Mayer Makes First Yahoo Acquisition: Stamped  —  Yahoo has acquired the company behind 1-year-old mobile recommendations app Stamped, its first since ex-Google exec Marissa Mayer became CEO of the company in July, Mashable has learned.  —  The acquisition was purely for talent …

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