October 27, 2012, 10:40 AM

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Marco Arment /
An alternate universe  —  On the way to the Apple Store today to buy AppleCare+ for my wife's new iPhone 5, we passed the new Microsoft Store, coincidentally in the middle of their Surface with Windows RT launch.  (That is actually the product's name.  “Surface with Windows RT”.)
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Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Amazon Web Services Outage Caused By Memory Leak And Failure In Monitoring Alarm  —  A memory leak and a failed monitoring system caused the Amazon Web Services outage on Monday that took out Reddit and other major services.  —  According to a post Friday night, AWS explained that the problem arose …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
THE SILICON ALLEY 100: The Coolest People In New York Tech This Year  —  In the past few years, New York City has become a tech hotspot.  And while it hasn't had any LinkedIn or Facebook-size exits, it has produced a few IPOs and near-billion-dollar acquisitions.
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.
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 …
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 …
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”:
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 …
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 …

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