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November 2, 2012, 8:30 PM

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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 …
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.
More: The Verge and EngadgetThanks:@jr_raphael
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 …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Reuters:
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Twitter to Add Photo Filters to Compete With Instagram  —  Twitter is finally learning a lesson from Facebook: If you can't buy it, build it.  —  In the coming months, Twitter plans to update its mobile applications to introduce filters for photos that will allow people to share altered images …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
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 …
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.
More: Lost Remote and SocialTimesTweets: @jguynn
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.
More: Reuters
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
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
iPad Mini Display Under The Microscope: Not As Good As iPad 4th Gen, But Much Better Than iPad 2  —  The iPad mini may have a display that's being singled out in most reviews as being below Apple's recent standards, but a look under the microscope by Repair Labs affirms what I've been noticing in person …
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
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Judge prods FBI over future Internet surveillance plans  —  Federal judge tells FBI to do more to comply with open government laws when disclosing what backdoors it wants Internet companies to create for government surveillance.  —  A federal judge has rejected the FBI's attempts …

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