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November 5, 2012, 8:50 AM

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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Two More Teardowns Look Inside Microsoft Surface and Amazon Kindle Fire HD  —  You have to credit the folks over at research firm IHS, because, apparently, they've pulling a little bit of overtime.  Along with the teardown of Apple's iPad mini, the results of which they sent to AllThingsD yesterday …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Apple:
Apple Sells Three Million iPads in Three Days  —  Wi-Fi Only Models of New iPad mini & Fourth Generation iPad Double Previous First Weekend Sales  —  Apple® today announced it has sold three million iPads in just three days since the launch of its new iPad® mini and fourth generation iPad …
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 …

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