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October 26, 2012, 5:20 PM

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Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Google's Vic Gundotra is posting pics with the Nexus 10 tablet  —  It's not unusual to see top-level Googlers vacationing in some really cool places.  It's also not unusual to see them taking pictures with unannounced devices.  —  So here's Google senior VP of engineering Vic Gundotra …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Google Nexus 10 leaks: Android 4.2, Exynos 5250 (1.7GHz), 2,560 x 1,600 resolution  —  Unless we're looking at one of the most elaborately photographed fakes in the world, this is the Nexus 10.  With the Nexus 7 apparently going over quite well at just $199, it was only ever a matter …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Gentlemen, start your benches: Measuring Windows 8's performance  —  For a couple of decades, it seemed like every time a new version of Windows was released, its hardware requirements would keep pace with hardware advancement, necessitating sometimes-costly hardware upgrades if you wanted to stay up on the latest software.
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
People Behind Uber Want to Do the Same Thing for Private Planes With BlackJet  —  BlackJet launches today a way to book seats on other people's private jets.  —  If it sounds like the black-car service Uber for planes, that's exactly what it is.  The company comes from Uber co-founder Garrett Camp …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Citigroup's Star Tech Analyst Mark Mahaney Fired After Leaks To TechCrunch  —  Mark Mahaney, a star tech analyst at Citigroup, was just fired.  —  He got canned because one of Mahaney's junior associates leaked information about the bank's views on the Facebook IPO to TechCrunch writers Josh Constine …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Samsung widens global smartphone lead, as Nokia drops from top 5: Report  —  Samsung has doubled its shipments year over year to an estimated 56 million smartphones in the third quarter, more than double its closest competitor, Apple, according to a new report from market research firm IDC.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
Introducing CrunchGov, TechCrunch's Policy Platform  —  Nearly a year after citizens blindsided the government with an unprecedented protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act, Congress is at a loss for how to proceed.  Luddite officials see complex tech issues as a mysterious minefield …
iFixit:
Mac Mini Late 2012 Teardown  —  Apple is shrinking!  No, not in the AAPL stock way (that's high as ever), but in the 'Let's name everything Mini' way.  Along with the announcement of the iPad Mini on October 23rd (teardown coming soon; we promise) came the new and improved Mac Mini …
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
New Megaupload To Launch On Police Raid Anniversary  —  With 50 million visitors per day at its peak, Megaupload was one of the largest websites on the Internet.  —  This abruptly ended January this year when the U.S. Government took down the file-hosting service and had several key employees arrested including founder Kim Dotcom.

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