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October 26, 2012, 8:20 PM

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Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Phil Schiller Claims Customers Aren't Asking for Built-In Blu-Ray Anymore  —  Apple customers are no longer asking for Blu-ray drives in their Macs these days, according to Apple marketing head Phil Schiller.  This is perhaps unsurprising given Apple's trend toward removing optical drives …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
New Google Maps Basemap Now Shows Terrain, Vegetation By Default  —  The Google Maps basemap is getting a visual overhaul today.  Unlike most updates, though, this one is for the actual maps and not just the interface.  Starting today, Google Maps will show you information about terrain …
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:
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
HTC made just $133m in Q3, down 79 percent from last year  —  HTC has just announced its Q3 2012 earnings, revealing a net profit of NT$3.9 billion (roughly $133 million) from NT$70.2 billion ($2.4 billion) in revenue.  In contrast, over the same period last year the company made NT$18.68 billion …

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