November 2, 2012, 11:45 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 …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
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 …
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 …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Google Nexus 10 review  —  The Nexus 7 proved Google can design good hardware, but can it take on the iPad?  —  Tablets are in a funny phase.  For years, Google and Microsoft were content to sit back while hardware partners used their software to make tablets.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Joshua Brustein / NYT Bits:
Romney and Obama Campaigns Leaking Web Site Visitor Data  —  The presidential campaign sites and 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
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 …
More: AllThingsD, GigaOM and VentureBeatThanks:@leenarao
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Microsoft versus Google trial raises concerns over courtroom secrecy  —  (Reuters) - Two weeks before trial in a high-stakes lawsuit pitting Google's Motorola Mobility unit against Microsoft, Google made what has become a common request for a tech company fighting for billions of dollars …
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.

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