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November 3, 2012, 3:35 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Outages Expose Wireless Carriers' Backup Plans  —  Three days after superstorm Sandy made landfall, people in some of America's most densely populated neighborhoods remained without wireless service, highlighting new risks as more people drop landline phones.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
With lights back on, cell service returns for many Sandy victims  —  Wireless phone service is quickly being restored to millions of customers after commercial power companies restore electricity to thousands of customers in hard hit areas after Superstorm Sandy.
Zack Whittaker / CNET:
Apple's mea culpa: U.K. site posts apology, new statement  —  After testing a British court's patience with a not so apologetic public statement, the iPhone and iPad maker is finally eating humble pie.  —  Apple has reissued and updated its Samsung “apology” statement on its British Web site …
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 …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Uber says Chicago is trying to drive its sedans out of the city  —  The battle between the city of Chicago and Uber, a startup seeking to disrupt the taxi and limo industries, heated up this week.  Uber has already faced unwanted attention because its pricing model for taxis conflicted with Chicago regulations.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Looks Into An Fourth Round At An Over $700M Valuation, Investors Skeptical  —  Foursquare has been taking VC meetings recently, looking into raising a Series D round of funding of between $50 million and $100 million according to multiple sources.
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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
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 …
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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