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October 31, 2012, 7:35 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.
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 …
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 …
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Intel working on 48-core chip for smartphones, tablets  —  A smartphone with 48 cores could change our concept of what it is and what it does  —  Intel researchers are working on a 48-core processor for smartphones and tablets but it could be five to 10 years before it hits the market.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Microsoft sued for infringing patent on Live Tiles  —  The trolls rise to the Surface  —  Microsoft's been touting its Live Tiles concept ever since Windows Phone 7 launched two years ago, but the launch of Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and particularly the Surface tablets appear to have given …
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 …
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 …
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 …
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Microsoft wins 25,000-employee Office 365 contract with the EPA  —  Lockheed Martin stirs up images of fighter jets, high-tech stealth warships, and missile defense systems.  Turns out it also does boring old IT management services.  —  With Microsoft, Lockheed Martin announced today …
Martyn Williams / Network World:
Stolen cellphone databases switched on in US  —  The four major carriers plan to offer a joint database by late 2013  —  h(f)){c=a.createElement('script'); c.type='text/javascript';c.src='http:// ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/'+ g+'/jquery.min.js';c.onload=c.onreadyst atechange= function(){if(!b&&(!(d=this.readySt ate)||
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple's 2012 Annual Report: More Employees, More Office Space, More Sales  —  Apple today filed its 2012 annual report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the document reveals a few interesting tidbits of information:  — Apple now has 72,800 “full-time equivalent” employees, up from 60,400 last year.
More: CNET
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
Bloomberg:
Facebook Banks Spent $66 Million Buoying IPO, Fed Economists Say  —  Facebook Inc. (FB)'s underwriters may have spent an estimated $66 million supporting the stock's price in the first day of trading after the company's initial public offering, Federal Reserve Bank of New York economists said.
Eliza Kern / GigaOM:
LocBox nabs $5.1 million Series A to run local marketing campaigns  —  Seeing a cab driver or a corner store owner whip out a cell phone with a white Square reader on top is always a great reminder that even in our increasingly high-tech world, plenty of small, local businesses are just now entering the modern world of e-commerce.

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