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October 31, 2012, 6:15 PM

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPad Mini  —  “Wow, it feels like a Kindle.”  —  “Ew, the screen is terrible.”  —  That was my wife's initial reaction when I handed her the iPad Mini to see what she, an avid daily user of an iPad 3, thought.  Her initial reaction matched mine exactly, and perfectly encapsulates the experience.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Marissa Mayer Makes a Media Deal  —  The Marissa Mayer messaging is that Yahoo's new CEO is about product, not media.  But that doesn't mean she's shutting down everything her predecessor Ross Levinsohn was working on.  —  Example: Yahoo has struck a deal with Wenner Media …
Bloomberg:
Yahoo's Ex-Chief Levinsohn Says Mayer Needs Years for Turnaround  —  Ross Levinsohn, who was interim chief executive officer of Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) until Marissa Mayer became CEO in July, said his successor will need years and a patient board to turn around the Web portal.
Eva Dou / Digits:
Asustek: Nexus 7 Sales Approaching 1 million a Month  —  Sales of Google Inc. 's Nexus 7, made by Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc. , are closing in on 1 million units a month, the Taiwanese maker revealed.  —  The 7-inch tablet has created a big buzz this year with its low starting price of US$199 …
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook tests Timeline layout with single column of posts  —  Facebook is testing a new format for user Timelines, which puts all posts in a single column on the left and any activity modules in a narrower column on the right.  —  This layout addresses one of the common complaints about the new profile …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
AT&T, T-Mobile to share networks in New York and New Jersey in wake of Hurricane Sandy  —  AT&T and T-Mobile have just announced that the two companies have decided to share their networks in the New York / New Jersey area.  This move will let both AT&T and T-Mobile customers connect …
Mark Milian / Bloomberg:
Wal-Mart to Sell Boxee TVs Challenging Apple and Roku  —  In a coup for New York-based startup Boxee Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) will sell and promote its new Web-connected device that brings live television and online video together, the companies said.
Lee Hutchinson / Ars Technica:
More on Fusion Drive: How it works, and how to roll your own  —  It's not Intel SRT, it's not file-based, and it works on OS X right now.  —  Two blog posts by Tumblr user Jollyjinx have shed some more light on the inner workings of Apple's Fusion Drive.  Announced last week at Apple's event …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Samsung gets official with the Galaxy Premier: 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED, 8MP camera, GS III styling  —  If Samsung took a wrong turn with its brand-diluting Galaxy S III Mini, then the much-leaked Galaxy Premier is where it gets back on track.  The phone keeps the outward visage of the Galaxy S III …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Foursquare's Dennis Crowley Talks About Hurricane Sandy's Impact on NYC Start-Ups (Video)  —  While stranded in Hurricane Sandy-soaked Manhattan this week, I got a chance to chat with Foursquare co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley about the impact of the epic storm on his social check-in company and other start-ups in New York City.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple: Motorola's essential wireless patents are at best worth $1 per iPhone  —  Five days ahead of a FRAND contract trial in the Western District of Wisconsin, Apple has formally declared to the court its willingness to pay Motorola Mobility for a license to its standard-essential wireless patents …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
RIM: More than 50 carriers testing BlackBerry 10 now  —  The company reiterated that it was on track for the launch of its BlackBerry 10 phones in the first quarter.  —  Research in Motion said today that more than 50 carriers are testing its BlackBerry 10 platform, a critical step to getting …
Don Jeffrey / Bloomberg:
Rosetta Stone Agrees to Drop Google Trademark Suit  —  Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST), a maker of language-learning software, agreed to drop a lawsuit it brought against Google Inc. (GOOG) for selling its trademarks to other companies for search-engine advertising.
More: Reuters
Dave Lee / BBC:
Kickstarter crowdfunding website launches in the UK  —  The Kickstarter site lists projects that are seeking financial backing  —  Crowdsourced funding website Kickstarter has launched in the UK.  —  The site, on which users seek money for creative or product-based ideas …
Jeremy Kirk / ITworld.com:
Irked by cyberspying, Georgia outs Russia-based hacker — with photos  —  In an unprecedented move, Georgia reveals startling details of a hacker it says is stealing its confidential information  —  In one of the photos, the dark-haired, bearded hacker is peering into his computer's screen, perhaps puzzled at what's happening.
Kellex / Droid Life:
Google Play Carrier Billing for Verizon Goes Live  —  If you are a Verizon customer and own an Android phone, you can start charging Google Play store purchases directly to your Verizon account.  It's called carrier billing, something we first reported a few weeks back which was then confirmed to be on the way by Google Play.
More: 9to5Google and Engadget

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