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October 29, 2012, 12:00 PM

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iFixit:
Microsoft Surface Teardown  —  We got our hands on Microsoft's new Surface, and to its credit, it lasted a good twenty minutes before we decided to tear it open.  EditStep 1 — Microsoft Surface Teardown Is that the display assembly from a PC laptop?  Nope, it's the new Microsoft Surface …
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Windows 8 Success Hinges on $10 Component  —  The success of Microsoft Corp.'s new operating system may hinge...on hinges.  —  Hardware companies are grappling with the fact that the Windows 8 software has a touch-oriented user interface.  That means not simply adding touch screens …
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Charlie Osborne / CNET:
New York Times, Wall Street Journal shed paywalls for Hurricane Sandy  —  As people go online to get more information on Hurricane Sandy, news outlets are responding by making their content free.  —  Two major publications have stripped away their paywalls to give consumers unfettered access …
Ka-Ping Yee / Google LatLong:
New Crisis Response maps feature preparedness information for Hurricane Sandy  —  Already responsible for a reported 41 deaths across the Caribbean, late-season Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall again early this week on the East Coast of the United States.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Amazon goes on the offensive.  Mocks Apple and compares Kindle Fire HD to iPad Mini on its homepage.  —  It has only been a few days since Apple announced its new iPad mini tablet device and Amazon has decided to put a damper on the iPad mini's introduction to the world.
Kellex / Droid Life:
32GB Nexus 7 Goes on Display at Office Depot for $249, 16GB Drops to $199  —  Not that we weren't fully expecting this to happen, but in case you needed one last ounce of proof that the 32GB Nexus 7 was arriving for $249 and the 16GB version was dropping to $199, we have it for you.
Andrea Smith / Mashable!:
Apple Will Sell App-Enabled, Color-Changing Light Bulbs  —  When you think of Apple, you think of iPhones or iPods, or perhaps a MacBook, but you probably don't think about home automation.  That may change starting Tuesday, when Philips starts selling its Hue light bulbs exclusively …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Microsoft releases Windows Phone 8 syncing app for Windows 8 and RT  —  With less than 24 hours to go until Microsoft takes the covers off Windows Phone 8 once and for all, the company has released a companion app in the Windows Store that'll work in tandem with the new devices.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Nokia Lumia 822 officially announced for Verizon Wireless, priced at $99.99 on contract  —  Verizon and Nokia just announced that the Lumia 822 will be coming to Verizon Wireless, though unfortunately there aren't any pricing or release date details available yet.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Better on the inside: under the hood of Windows 8  —  Windows 8's UI is eye-catching, but there's improvement under the hood as well.  —  Windows 8's most obvious—and most divisive—new feature is its user interface.  However, it would be a mistake to think that the user interface …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon sues former Amazon Web Services sales chief over his new job at Google  —  Amazon.com has filed suit against Daniel Powers, the former vice president in charge of global sales for Amazon Web Services — alleging that his new job as Google's director of cloud platform sales violates …

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