October 31, 2012, 4:05 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:
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jeremy Kirk /
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.
Steve Schaefer / Forbes:
Trick Or Treat For Netflix: Carl Icahn Reveals Stake, Sees Takeover Value  —  Billionaire Carl Icahn has taken a stake in Netflix, composed largely of call options, that could leave him holding 9.98% of the company's shares, according to a disclosure with the SEC Wednesday.
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
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
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.

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