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November 3, 2012, 7:20 AM

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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 …
AnandTech:
Google Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 Performance Preview  —  Earlier this week Google announced two new flagship Nexus devices: the Nexus 4 smartphone and the Nexus 10 tablet.  We received review samples of both earlier this week, and while we're hard at work at full reviews of the devices we couldn't help …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Execs Start Selling Stock: Sandberg Cashes Just ~2% Of Her Stake For $7.4M But CAO Dumps Half  —  Facebook's executives gained the right to sell stock this week and three are now starting to cash out.  SEC docs show COO Sheryl Sandberg is selling 352,904 shares to pull in $7,440,696.93.
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.
Richard Stallman / Wired:
Let's Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can't Eliminate Them  —  Patents threaten every software developer, and the patent wars we have long feared have broken out.  Software developers and software users - which in our society, is most people - need software to be free of patents.
More: Forbes and Techdirt
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Twitter cut deeper than junior high  —  “It's all fun and games until you raise a series B.”  So reads the title of an unpublished blog post written by super angel investor Chris Sacca.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 and Business InsiderTweets: @sacca
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
iPhone, iFone, and Apple's Mexican trademark standoff: what's really going on  —  Yes, you can buy an iPhone in Mexico  —  News broke all over the web today that Apple had lost a “major” trademark case against a company called iFone that might prevent it from selling the iPhone in Mexico.
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple increased R&D spending by $1 billion in 2012  —  Apple published its annual Form 10-K for 2012, a detailed (and tedious) fiscal report for investors required by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Along with a summary of numbers for the past three years, the filing reveals spending …

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