October 26, 2012, 10:50 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:
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:
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 …
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:
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.
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.
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  The notice acknowledges the judgement that Samsung had not infringed on the iPad design with their Galaxy Tab.
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 …
VIDEO: First look at Blackberry 10 phone  —  Research in Motion chief executive Thorsten Heins took up his post in January, with many analysts thinking he had been given an impossible task - to revive the fortunes of the Blackberry mobile phone.  —  Touch-controlled handsets running on Apple …
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.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Tumblr suffering extended downtime, now out of action for almost 2 hours  —  UPDATE: As of 9.50am EDT Tumblr has been down for almost two hours.  We've approached the company for comment.  —  Tumblr is currently in the midst of downtime which has lasted at least 20 minutes at the initial time of publishing.
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