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October 26, 2012, 11:50 PM

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Harry McCracken / Techland:
Apple's Phil Schiller on the State of the Mac  —  Phil Schiller walks through Apple's Mac portable lineup at the company's press event in San Jose, California on October 23, 2012  —  With Tuesday's unveiling of the iPad Mini and a fourth-generation full-sized iPad, this has been a major week for the iPad.
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 …
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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:
Shira Ovide / Digits:
Windows 8 Day One: Steady, Not Spectacular, Store Traffic  —  Microsoft and its allies need to generate excitement for the Surface tablets and other computers running the company's dramatically revamped Windows 8 operating system.  Nothing builds buzz like long lines, of course, and on that score …
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.
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 …
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
3.6 million social security numbers exposed in unprecedented South Carolina cyber attack  —  “This is not a good day for South Carolina.”  That was Governor Nikki Haley's public reaction to news that a foreign hacker had infiltrated South Carolina's Department of Revenue and made off …
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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Dings “Do Not Track” Default (And Search Partner Microsoft)  —  In a post today on its policy blog, Yahoo took aim at Microsoft's controversial “Do Not Track” default in its Internet Explorer 10 browser.  —  Said Yahoo in a post titled “In Support of Personal Experience”:
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 …
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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