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November 2, 2012, 6:25 PM

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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 …
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 …
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
iPad 4 GPU Performance Analyzed: PowerVR SGX 554MP4 Under the Hood  —  As always, our good friends over at Kishonti managed to have the first GPU performance results for the new 4th generation iPad.  Although the new iPad retains its 2048 x 1536 “retina” display, Apple claims a 2x improvement in GPU performance through the A6X SoC.
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 …
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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.
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 …
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 …
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