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November 2, 2012, 10:15 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Tests Smartphone With Asia Suppliers  —  TAIPEI—Microsoft Corp. is working with component suppliers in Asia to test its own smartphone design, people familiar with the situation said, suggesting the computer-software giant is increasingly adopting a variation of a business model favored …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple's reformed ‘apology’ to Samsung makes an appearance in UK newspapers  —  Coming a day after it the company was reprimanded for its “non-compliant” apology on its website, stating Samsung did not infringe on its products, Apple has today published its first newspaper adverts, as required by the UK court of appeal.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple's iPad Mini Launch Draws Smaller Crowds Than Previous Product Debuts  —  The iPad mini officially went on sale today, and the response at physical retail stores has been mixed.  Some areas are seeing decent-sized lines, according to Reuters this morning, including Tokyo and Seoul Apple Stores …
Thuy Ong / Reuters:
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Introducing: The Physical Google Wallet Card - Coming Soon To Google Wallet, And More New Features  —  We just had a bomb dropped on us by an anonymous tipster, courtesy of a leaked version of the Google Wallet app - and it was hiding some pretty amazing secrets.  Let's cut to the chase: physical Google Wallet card.
Sara Forden / Bloomberg:
FTC Staff Said to Formally Recommend Google Patent Suit  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) should be sued by the Federal Trade Commission for trying to block competitors' access to key smartphone-technology patents in violation of antitrust law, the agency's staff told commissioners in a formal recommendation …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Samsung: Galaxy Note II has sold 3 million units worldwide  —  Just over a month removed from launching its latest phablet, Samsung is reporting the Galaxy Note II has already racked up sales of 3 million units.  The 5.5-inch stylus-enabled smartphone is selling at more than three times …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Megaupload Publishes Deal to Counter U.S. Extortion Claims  —  Last month Megaupload filed a renewed request to dismiss the indictment against it, until the U.S. Government finds a way to properly serve the company.  —  Megaupload's legal team reiterated that the company's due process is at stake.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
After Declaring It the Future of Yahoo, CEO Marissa Mayer Appoints IntoNow's Adam Cahan as Mobile Kingpin (Internal Memo, Natch!)  —  A very important management shift at Yahoo got a bit lost in the news of the first acquisition — a small mobile start-up called Stamped — of new CEO Marissa Mayer last week.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Nokia Lumia 920 review  —  Will Nokia's third attempt at launching a premiere Windows Phone finally be the home run it needs?  The Nokia Lumia 920 is the company's third attempt at launching the definitive Windows Phone.  In April, Nokia and Microsoft tried to convince the world that the Lumia 900 …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
What's new in iOS 6.1 beta: Maps bugs reporting, lockscreen music, more  —  Apple just released a beta version of iOS 6.1 to developers, following the public release of iOS 6.0.1.  We get mostly expected fixes in 6.0.1, but we are already started discovering new features in the 6.1 beta.
Joshua Brustein / NYT Bits:
Romney and Obama Campaigns Leaking Web Site Visitor Data  —  The presidential campaign sites BarackObama.com and MittRomney.com have recently ratcheted up their use of third-party Web trackers.  These are companies, like ad networks and data brokers working on behalf of the campaigns …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook disables URL login shortcut after Google search exposes potential security flaw  —  A security hole has been discovered that allows anyone to see the email addresses corresponding to certain Facebook accounts.  Worse yet, some appear to be accessible without even entering a password.
More: BBC
Kellex / Droid Life:
Google Now has a Built-in Pedometer - Tracks Miles Walked and Biked From Each Month  —  Last night, and possibly because the month of October came to a close, Google Now started showing a new card to a number of our readers.  That new card is a pedometer that has been tracking their steps …
More: Engadget
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Apple Maps Sees Its First International Territorial Dispute As Korea Protests Island Naming  —  From the it-had-to-happen-sooner-or-later department: Apple is in the midst of its first international territorial dispute over its new Apple Maps product.  —  As the Korea Times reports …

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