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October 26, 2012, 10:00 AM

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Mg Siegler / TechCrunch:
Cars That Fly *And* Float: Explaining Apple's Q4 And Beyond  —  Apple's Q4 2012 results were mixed.  As usual, reading Twitter, you'd think this was the end of the world.  Nevermind that Amazon managed to post a loss on $13.8 billion in sales today — Apple only made $8.2 billion in profit.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's hit-and-miss report: What the analysts are saying  —  Most see a silver lining, despite disappointing Q4's earnings and troubling Q1 guidance  —  FORTUNE — The earnings report Apple (AAPL) issued Thursday evening was complicated one, and analysts on Friday — like voters …
Alex Heath / Cult of Mac:
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Microsoft to allow “Mature” games in European Windows 8 Store  —  Microsoft has reversed a controversial decision that created a strange gap between which games would be allowed on the digital Windows 8 Store in America and which would be allowed on its European counterpart …
AnandTech:
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 …
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Bloomberg:
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 …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Jailbreaking now legal under DMCA for smartphones, but not tablets  —  The Digital Millennium Copyright makes it illegal to “circumvent” digital rights management schemes.  But when Congress passed the DMCA in 1998, it gave the Librarian of Congress the power to grant exemptions.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Posts Notice to UK Site Acknowledging that Samsung Galaxy Tab Did Not Infringe on iPad Design Because “They are not as cool”  —  As instructed by a UK court, Apple has posted a small link in the footer of Apple.com/uk.  The notice acknowledges the judgement that Samsung had not infringed on the iPad design with their Galaxy Tab.
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Eric Schmidt is headed to Paris to head off French proposal to charge Google for linking  —  France's new government has been making noises about forcing Google to pay for the privilege of linking to French news sites.  Google responded by threatening to remove all French news sites from its index …
Brad Reed / BGR:
Microsoft exec says rampant cyber crime made his company fall behind on smartphones  —  Microsoft (MSFT) development director Craig Mundie knows that his company has fallen way behind on smartphones but he insists that it's not the company's fault.  In an interview with Spiegel …
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.
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Why Nintendo is losing money on each Wii U launch unit  —  Nintendo is counting on a strong launch for the Wii U next month to help return the company to profitability this fiscal year, but the hardware itself isn't going to contribute anything to that bottom line.
Donna Tam / CNET:
Facebook execs: Zynga is down, but it will snap back  —  Shortly after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company's gaming revenue isn't where he'd like it to be, his game team talks about where Facebook's gaming platform is headed.  —  Although payments for a majority of Facebook games grew …
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