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November 5, 2012, 3:55 PM

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Instagram Blog:
Announcing Instagram Profiles on the Web!  —  You've asked for Instagram on the web and we've listened.  Over the next few days, we'll be rolling out Instagram profiles on the web!  Your web profile features a selection of your recently shared photographs just above your profile photo and bio …
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft to retire Windows Live Messenger in favor of Skype  —  Microsoft is working towards retiring its Windows Live Messenger client in favor of Skype.  The Verge has learned through several sources that Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger service will be retired in the coming months and integrated into Skype.
Casey Newton / CNET:
Yes, Apple will approve Google Maps for iOS  —  What a much-discussed story in the Guardian misunderstands about developers — and about Apple.  —  The tech blogosphere went into a mild panic today over a report in the Guardian saying that a native Google Maps app for iOS would “struggle for Apple approval.”
Michael Grothaus / Guardian:
Google sources think maps app might struggle for Apple approval  —  Google is working on a downloadable maps app but insiders don't have high hopes that it will be approved by Apple  —  Those hoping to see Google Maps return to the iPhone might not want to hold their breath.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Apple drops to 50.4% tablet market share in Q3, as Samsung grabs 18.4% and Amazon takes 9.0%  —  Apple's iPad managed to grab 50.4 percent market share in the third quarter of 2012, which saw a total of 27.8 million total units shipped worldwide.  Rounding out the top three tablet manufacturers …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Judge cancels trial, tosses Apple's FRAND lawsuit against Google's Motorola Mobility  —  Following a hearing in the morning, a federal judge in the Western District of Wisconsin has canceled an Apple v. Motorola Mobility trial that was scheduled to start today at 1 PM Central Time and has dismissed …
Bloomberg:
Coke Hacked And Doesn't Tell  —  FBI officials quietly approached executives at Coca-Cola Co. (KO) on March 15, 2009, with some startling news.  —  Hackers had broken into the company's computer systems and were pilfering sensitive files about its attempted $2.4 billion acquisition …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Verizon to Shutter Its App Store in January  —  Verizon Wireless said on Monday that it plans to shut down its own branded app store as of January.  —  Verizon set up the marketplace as Vcast Apps in March 2010, aiming to serve as an alternative spot for customers to get BlackBerry and Android apps.
Tova Cohen / Reuters:
Windows Phone sales to “ramp quickly”: Microsoft CEO  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft expects its newly launched Windows Phone to become a strong challenger in the smartphone market, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Monday.  —  Google's Android and Apple's iPhone devices dominate the smartphone market.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
CBS Finally Does A Deal With Hulu, But Only For Older Shows That Are Off The Air  —  After years of speculation, Hulu has finally done a deal with CBS, bringing shows from the one broadcast holdout into its content library.  Beginning in January, CBS content will become available through Hulu Plus.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Belkin Announces First Official Third-Party Lightning Accessories  —  While a number of vendors have been launching unofficial Lightning accessories while Apple works to bring official partners up to speed on the new standard, Belkin today became the first official vendor to introduce accessories using the Lightning connector.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The press, Google, its algorithm, their scale  —  In their fight against Google, traditional media firmly believe the search engine needs them to refine (and monetize) its algorithm.  Let's explore the facts.  —  The European press got itself in a bitter battle against Google.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Samsung Ativ Smart PC Windows 8 tablet to cost $799.99 from AT&T  —  Samsung is bringing its Ativ Smart PC to AT&T beginning November 9th.  Despite its tablet form factor, Samsung is touting the Ativ Smart PC as a full-fledged Windows 8 device — which is also reflected by its $799 price point.
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Kickstarter CEO: No IPO for Us, and No Equity Crowdfunding Either  —  The tech industry may be fascinated by Kickstarter, but Kickstarter is no normal tech company, said CEO Perry Chen today.  —  The crowdfunding platform has pushed nearly $350 million into 76,000 projects since April 2009 …
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