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November 1, 2012, 9:20 AM

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David Carr / Media Decoder:
How Hurricane Sandy Slapped the Sarcasm Out of Twitter  —  Twitter is often a caldron of sarcasm, much of it funny, little of it useful.  But as a social medium based on short-burst communication, Twitter can change during large events — users talk about “watching” the spectacle unfold across their screens.
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
A Look inside Verizon's Flooded Communications Hub  —  Eleven years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Verizon Communications Inc. is once again scrambling to repair severe damage to a key switching facility inside its historic headquarters building in lower Manhattan.
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
iTunes now accepting donations for the American Red Cross Sandy relief efforts  —  As they have done for past disasters, Apple had partnered with the Red Cross to setup a page in the iTunes Store to collect donations to help the relief effort for those affected by Sandy.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Kim Dotcom announces Me.ga, the new domain for the upcoming Megaupload reboot  —  Kim Dotcom has unveiled the new Me.ga domain for his upcoming download service, which will launch next January on the anniversary of the controversial police raid on his mansion. … Currently, Me.ga redirects to Kim.com/mega/.
iFixit:
iPad Mini Teardown  —  Trick-or-Treat!  While making our yearly October 31st rounds, we came across something interesting: a brand new iPad Mini!  All hopped up on sugar, we eagerly tore into Apple's first small tablet.  Smaller than an iPad, larger than an iPod, and able to leap tall buildings …
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 …
David Talbot / MIT Technology Review:
Efficiency Breakthrough Promises Smartphones that Use Half the Power  —  A startup says it's cracked a decades-old efficiency problem dogging wireless communications.  —  Why It Matters  —  Thanks to inefficient power amplifiers, smartphones have short battery lives and cellular base stations waste much of the energy they consume.
Jeremy Hodges / Bloomberg:
Apple Leaves U.K. Judge at ‘Loss’ Over Samsung Web Posts  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) was criticized by U.K. judges in a patent lawsuit with Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) for posting a notice on its website that was “untrue” and “incorrect.”  —  The U.K. Court of Appeal in London ordered Apple …
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Now that Halo 4 will run on Windows Azure, what's next?  —  Microsoft knows how to make big, sweeping pronouncements.  And there were a lot of those flowing out of the company's Build Conference in Redmond, Wash. this week.  —  In a blog posted Wednesday, the day of his Build keynote.
Matt Hickey / The Daily:
Facebook seeks to offer alternative to Craigslist, utilizing user networks  —  Facebook seeks to offer alternative to Craigslist, utilizing user networks  —  Facebook is testing a new service that might make Craigslist a thing of the past.  —  Two sources within Facebook …
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 …
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.
Daniel Rubino / wpcentral:
Microsoft releases 3.0 of Windows Phone sync app for OSX  —  Microsoft has never been shy about supporting Apple users with their software and that is especially true with Windows Phone 8.  For instance, Microsoft announced that importing iTunes DRM-free music will be much easier on PC now, not requiring a conversion/import process.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
In App Store vs. Appstore court clash, Apple runs into a skeptical judge  —  OAKLAND, California—Apple is a litigious company, most famously for its multi-billion dollar patent crusade against Samsung.  The Cupertino company has a more quixotic legal battle going on against its competitors …
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft founders Allen, Gates reconnect after year-long rift  —  Paul Allen's memoir, Idea Man, is out in paperback this week, and the Microsoft co-founder has penned an epilogue updating readers on some of the book's major storylines — including the status of his friendship with Bill Gates.
More: CNET
Tony Smith / The Register:
EE 4G LTE review  —  Very high speeds - if you can pick up a signal  —  EE's LTE network went live this week, opening its 1800MHz band to the public and becoming the first, and currently only, one of the major operators to offer a 4G service.  —  It has a six-month lead, give or take …
More: Telegraph and BBC
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Summly wants to make news summaries cool  —  Remember Nick D'Aloisio, the Internet wunderkind I met last year in Berlin?  Well, he is back with Summly, an iOS (iPhone + iPod Touch) mobile app that takes full news pages and offers them as short and succinct summaries for on-the-go consumption.
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.
Phil Coakley / The Official Google Blog:
AMBER Alerts for missing children now in Google Search and Maps  —  Today we are launching AMBER Alerts coordinated by National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the Google Public Alerts platform.  Public Alerts are designed to bring you emergency alerts when and where they're relevant …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Finland: Plan for universal 100Mbps service by 2015 on track  —  Finns are hoping that universal high-speed Internet access will be even more awesome than a full rainbow.  —  Alex Brown  —  Back in 2009, Finland announced what might be the world's most ambitious national broadband plan …
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
China's Twitter-like Weibo poses danger, opportunity for new leaders  —  (Reuters) - As China prepares for a generational power shift in the next two weeks, a similar shift is happening online that is testing the limits and displaying the evolution of China's legions of state-directed censors.
Reuters:
Huawei security chief says embracing its hacker critics  —  (Reuters) - Under-fire Chinese telecoms equipment vendor Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is reaching out to one of its sternest critics: a hacker who accused it of making shoddy products.  —  John Suffolk, the company's global cybersecurity chief …

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