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October 31, 2012, 1:45 PM

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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.
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 …
More: Business InsiderTweets: @pkafka
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Uber Kills Surge Pricing In NYC For Customers, Drivers Paid 2X Rate To Meet Post-Sandy Demand  —  With the subway system down for the count in the wake of mega-storm Sandy, it's very, very tough to get around New York City today.  And this morning, people who opened up their Uber apps to hail …
More: Betabeat and Free PressThanks:@jordanrcrook
Satya Nadella / TechNet Blogs:
Reimagining the “Other” Windows  —  There has never been a more exciting time to be a developer.  Today at Microsoft's Build conference, I had the opportunity to speak to thousands of developers who are key to Microsoft's goal of reimagining Windows.  These are the people who are writing …
More: Mashable! and MicrosoftThanks:@theromit
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.
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 …
Eliza Kern / GigaOM:
Say hello to another video app: Threadlife wants to give you three seconds of fame  —  In launching a new social video startup, Zappos founder Nick Swinmurn and Blitz co-founder Ken Martin know they're jumping into a crowded space that hasn't exactly taken off yet.
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 …
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

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