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November 2, 2012, 5:05 PM

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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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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 …
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.
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
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
One on One: Google Android Director on Nexus Strategy  —  Google on Monday introduced new Android devices in small, medium and large: a phone, the Nexus 4; an upgraded seven-inch tablet, the Nexus 7; and a 10-inch tablet, the Nexus 10.  That puts Google in even more direct competition with Apple …
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
Sacca: Betrayals at Twitter cut deeper than junior high  —  “It's all fun and games until you raise a series B.”  So reads the title of an unpublished blog post written by super angel investor Chris Sacca.  The title applies to Twitter, a company Sacca is very familiar with.
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 …
More: Neowin and DailyTechTweets: @fedcourtjunkie
Jeremy Kirk / ITworld.com:
What's the price of a new Windows 8 zero-day vulnerability?  —  French security company Vupen is selling a vulnerability in Microsoft's latest operation system and browser  —  It's not exactly the type of advertisement most people would understand.  —  For sale: “Our first 0day for Win8+IE10 …
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 …
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: VentureBeat and BBC
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 …

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