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November 5, 2012, 7:25 AM

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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Gigabytes  —  From a Virtual Pants post refuting my experiences with the Surface: … Mr. Pants reminded me of a pricing trick I've wanted to point out for a while.  —  Flash-memory upgrades on tablets are much cheaper for the manufacturers than the $100 increments that Apple established with the original iPad pricing.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to bring movie ticket purchasing to Siri with upcoming iOS 6.1 update  —  Apple's upcoming release of iOS 6.1 will include a new feature for Siri: the ability to get movie tickets.  The feature, according to developers who are beta testing the new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating system, works via Fandango.
Zak Islam / Tom's Hardware Guide:
For The First Time Ever, iPhone Owner Loyalty Declines  —  Loyalty of iPhone owners in both the United States and Europe experiences first ever decline.  —  For the first time since the iPhone's inception, the percentage of the smartphone's owners who say they will definitely or probably buy another Apple handset has declined.
New York Times:
Google Casts a Big Shadow on Smaller Web Sites  —  STARTING in February, Jeffrey G. Katz grew increasingly anxious as he watched the steady decline of online traffic to his company's comparison-shopping Web site, Nextag, from Google's search engine.  —  In a geeky fire drill …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Interactive map traces all potential outcomes of Tuesday's presidential election  —  The New York Times has put together an interactive map that illustrates all of the possible outcomes of the upcoming US presidential election set to happen this Tuesday.  The map lets viewers trace all 512 paths …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Lady Gaga fansite, NBC entities defaced in pre-Guy Fawkes Day hacker stunt  —  A number of pages on the NBC.com website were defaced Sunday with a reference to Guy Fawkes Day and a claim that user names and passwords for the site had been compromised.  The defacement appears to be the work …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Microsoft posts Build 2012 session videos for eager Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 coders  —  Not every developer had the luxury of putting a flight to Redmond on the corporate tab so that they could attend Microsoft's Build 2012 conference in person.  Much to their delight, they won't have to.
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Is Facebook “broken on purpose” to sell promoted posts?  —  The Dangerous Minds blog uses this image for its anti-Facebook campaign.  —  Dangerous Minds and Dimitri Drujchin  —  In recent months, some Facebook page owners have noticed that their accounts are driving much less traffic to their websites than they used to.
Ian Steadman / Wired.co.uk:
The Russian underground economy has democratised cybercrime  —  If you want to buy a botnet, it'll cost you somewhere in the region of $700 (£433).  If you just want to hire someone else's for an hour, though, it can cost as little as $2 (£1.20) — that's long enough to take down …
Michael Noer / Forbes:
One Man, One Computer, 10 Million Students: How Khan Academy Is Reinventing Education  —  The headquarters of what has rapidly become the largest school in the world, at 10 million students strong, is stuffed into a few large communal rooms in a decaying 1960s office building hard …

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