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November 2, 2012, 2:25 PM

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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Tests Smartphone With Asia Suppliers  —  Microsoft is working with Asian suppliers to test its own smartphone design.  The WSJ's Yun-Hee Kim tells us whether Microsoft will push this product out into the overcrowded market.  —  TAIPEI—Microsoft Corp. is working with component suppliers …
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Near record turnout for iPad mini in the Big Apple  —  Reports of disappointing crowds may have been premature  —  FORTUNE — I'm seeing headlines to the effect that the iPad mini is drawing smaller crowds than previous Apple (AAPL) product launches.  —  I've only been to the flagship store …
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Brad Molen / Engadget:
Nexus 4 review  —  Movie sequels often don't live up to the hype of the original blockbuster, but the same isn't always true of smartphones — on the contrary, they typically get even better.  The Nexus lineup, initially thought of as a “playground” for Android developers to test their apps on …
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.
Electronista:
Apple loses right to iPhone brand name in Mexico  —  Mexican iFone registered trade name four years before Apple  —  Apple has lost an injunction bid that would have allowed it to continue selling iPhone-branded products in Mexico.  A court in Mexico City handed down a ruling …
iFixit:
iPad 4 Teardown  —  We got our hands on the fourth generation of iPad; we shall call it iPad 4.  The iPad 4 is kind of like a fourth book added on to a trilogy: its release was a bit sudden and unexpected, but it's a part of the group, nonetheless.  This fourth iteration of iPad shares a lot …
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Exclusive: Inside Android 4.2's powerful new security system  —  We've talked plenty about the new features in Google's Android 4.2 release — Photo Sphere, multi-user support, a reimagined tablet UI — but one of the most significant changes to the software is something you might not notice at a glance.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Windows 8, the post-PC world, and Linux: Microsoft will prevail  —  The heir to Windows' desktop dominion?  Uh, no.  —  Since the very first reveal of Windows 8, some critics have called the operating system a fatal move for Microsoft.  They call it a blunder so large in its abandonment …
More: Softpedia NewsTweets: @theromit
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Pirate Ordered to Pay $1.5 Million Damages For Sharing 10 Movies  —  Since early 2010, hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. have been sued for downloading and sharing copyrighted content on BitTorrent.  —  Nearly all of these cases end up dismissed or settled …
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.
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook helps some local businesses provide free Wi-Fi in exchange for check-ins  —  Facebook is testing a new service that allows local businesses to offer customers free Wi-Fi after checking in on the social network, the company tells us.  —  For this small test, Facebook is supplying …
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.
More: blog.chron.comTweets: @ioerror
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Wired editor Ryan Singel leaves to create Contextly, help publishers integrate ‘related links’  —  For the past ten years, Threat Level editor at Wired, Ryan Singel had been involved in nearly everything a writer is exposed to in the business.  He's discovered that transparency and privacy matter …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Groupon Shares Dive to New Low a Year After the IPO  —  Since the stock exchange has come back online following the superstorm in the Northeast, Groupon's stock has fallen a catastrophic 13 percent to hit a new all-time low.  —  And while the coupon provider will no doubt feel an impact …
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 …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
With Hints For An IPO, Mobile Analytics Startup Flurry Raises $25M From Crosslink  —  It's taken more than five years to get here, but San Francisco-based mobile analytics and advertising company Flurry is hinting that an IPO might be around the corner.  The company just took $25 million …

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