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October 31, 2012, 11:15 AM

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Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
iPad mini review  —  Apple takes on a new market with a smaller tablet  —  The iPad mini has arrived — and so has our review.  Just last week, Apple introduced the world to the newest member of its wildly successful tablet line, an adorable, diminutive slate with a 7.9-inch display.
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.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
iPad review (late 2012)  —  Welcome to the new new iPad, same as the old new iPad.  Well, mostly, anyway.  It was less than eight months ago that Apple grafted a Retina display onto its world-conquering tablet, giving every other slate on the market resolution envy, while enchanting gadget lovers …
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Right on Cue: Can iTunes chief fix Apple's maps and Siri?  —  An executive shuffle has dropped two troubled services into the hands of Eddy Cue.  CNET has a behind-the-scenes look at Apple's master negotiator and product resuscitator.  —  Few consumers know his name, but Eddy Cue …
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Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Superstorm Sandy wreaks havoc on internet infrastructure  —  Hurricane Sandy continued to take a toll on internet infrastructure in New York City and beyond on Tuesday.  — There were sporadic issues with undersea cable Atlantic Crossing-2 (or AC-2), sources said.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Facebook Shares Drop 5 Percent As Employee Lockup Expires  —  At market opening today, Facebook took another hit, with shares trading at 20.94, 5.02 percent below Friday's level, the last day trades were made since Hurricane Sandy barreled over the East Coast.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Delays iTunes Refresh  —  Apple surprised lots of people yesterday.  Here's a smaller bit of unexpected news: The company is delaying the update of its iTunes software.  —  Back in September, Apple said an iTunes overhaul would be out in October.  Now it's pushing that back a month.
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.
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.
Leslie Katz / CNET:
Samsung solar-powered school shines in rural South Africa  —  Samsung turns a shipping container into a portable wired classroom to bridge the divide between rural and urban South African schools.  —  There's something new(ish) under the sun in the rural South African village of Phomolong …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Microsoft: Four Million Windows 8 Installs Down, 396 Million More to Go  —  Back in September, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made an ambitious prediction: “One year from now — between Windows phones, Windows tablets and Windows PCs — we'll see close to ... 400 million new devices running those new operating systems.”
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Firefox lost 6-9 million downloads in EU browser choice ‘glitch’  —  Summary: Mozilla's general counsel estimates between 6-9 million lost Firefox browser downloads thanks to Microsoft failing to include the ‘browser choice’ screen in latest versions of Windows 7.  —  Zack Whittaker
Christina Bonnington / Wired:
The Tech Behind Apple's Impossibly Thin New iMacs  —  The 27-inch iMac is only 5mm thick at its edges.  Photo: John Bradley/Wired  —  We know Apple has a love affair with thin.  The iPhone 5 is the thinnest iPhone ever.  The MacBook Air could very well be used to slice bread.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Bob Iger Says Disney Will Focus On Mobile And Social (Not Console) Star Wars Games  —  The big emphasis during Disney's conference call discussing its acquisition of Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion was, not surprisingly, the enormous earnings potential of the Star Wars franchise.

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