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November 5, 2012, 6:50 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …

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