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October 31, 2012, 8:45 PM

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Phil Schiller clarifies iPad mini has stereo speakers following Amazon's Kindle comparison  —  When Apple's Senior Vice President of Marketing Phil Schiller unveiled the iPad mini on stage earlier this month, he didn't discuss the speaker on the new device.  There were rumors …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Martyn Williams / Network World:
Stolen cellphone databases switched on in US  —  U.S. cellphone carriers took a major step on Wednesday toward curbing the rising number of smartphone thefts with the introduction of databases that will block stolen phones from being used on domestic networks.
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twilio Signs First Big International Cloud Telephony Licensing Deal With Japan's #2 Telecom KDDI  —  Breaking into Japan can be tough for foreign companies since its culture favors credibility and certainty.  So Twilio has just struck an exclusive alliance with Japan's well-respected KDDI telecom …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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