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November 5, 2012, 2:00 PM

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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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Says It's “Practically Sold Out” of iPad Minis, but Doesn't Provide Number (Updated)  —  So how many iPad minis did Apple sell over the weekend?  We still don't know.  —  Apple says it sold three million iPads since Friday, when its new iPad mini and iPad 4 went on sale.
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Verizon To Shutter Its App Store in January  —  Verizon Wireless said 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.
Ben Kersey / The Verge:
Google and Microsoft rumored to be eyeing up UK white space for ubiquitous mobile broadband  —  Both Google and Microsoft have expressed an “extreme interest” in currently unused white space spectrum in the UK, according to The Telegraph.  A senior government source speaking to the publication …
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.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Samsung Confirms 30 Million+ Channel Sales Of Flagship Galaxy SIII Smartphone Globally In ~5 Months, 3x Faster Sales Rate Than SGSII  —  Another impressive sales milestone for Samsung.  A few days after confirming it's sold more than three million Galaxy Note II devices in around a month of sales …
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
HP becomes a platinum member of the Linux Foundation  —  Snagging a first-class upgrade might empty out the contents of your wallet, but be glad you're not trying to buy your way to the Linux Foundation's top table.  With a strategic investment of $500,000, Hewlett Packard has just become …
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.

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