November 3, 2012, 5:25 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 …
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.
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Apple posts iPad mini commercial demoing a warming Heart and Soul piano duet with the iPad  —  Apple has posted its first television spot for the iPad mini, which features the smaller device alongside its larger cousin.  While the ad has no voiceover, it gets its point across just fine …
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Twitter cut deeper than junior high  —  “It's all fun and games until you raise a series B.”  So reads the title of an unpublished blog post written by super angel investor Chris Sacca.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
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.
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.
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 …
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: Techdirt
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 …

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