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November 6, 2012, 5:15 AM

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Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Be Exploring Switch From Intel Chips for the Mac  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is exploring ways to replace Intel Corp. (INTC) processors in its Mac personal computers with a version of the chip technology it uses in the iPhone and iPad, according to people familiar with the company's research.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Will Apple's silicon be good enough for a Mac?  —  The company's silicon gets better every year.  But will it be fast enough for a Mac, and can it muscle out Intel?  —  Apple is starting to release some scary-good silicon.  But can it muscle out Intel?  —  Last decade, the question was, will Apple go Intel?
More: Mashable!
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 …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
As Instagram Debuts Web Profiles, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Facebook  —  Welcome to the new era of Instagram.  Brought to you by Facebook.  —  Instagram launched Web profiles on Monday morning, the first true attempt from the photo-sharing service to provide users with a more complete version …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Mary Meeker Gives Mid-Year Internet Trends Report: Android Adoption Ramping Up 6X Faster Than iPhone  —  KPCB partner Mary Meeker usually publishes her famed Internet Trends report once a year, but gave a small San Francisco crowd a mid-year update tonight.  The biggest new facts?
More: CNET and memeburn
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
New Jersey's emergency email voting is a risky experiment, warn experts  —  Will displaced voters be disenfranchised?  —  Tomorrow's election is coming, and there's nothing New Jersey can do to postpone it.  So to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which left millions …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft Surface tested as balloting device in Virginia  —  Here's an interesting milestone for Microsoft Surface: One of the tablets is being tested in Virginia this week as a balloting device for state and national elections there.  —  The test is being conducted by Democracy Live …
Jake Durasamy / Neowin:
Rumor: radical brand makeover inbound for Samsung  —  According to a report from Australia's Channel News, Samsung is prepping its multi-billion dollar self for a makeover.  The folks down under have caught wind stating that Samsung is looking for a completely new look that will hopefully …
Michael Hession / Gizmodo.com Updates:
Google Voice Search Vs. Siri: Who's the Best iPhone Assistant?  —  With Google's release of its brand new search app for iOS, we decided to put Siri in the ring with Voice Search—now available on your iPhone—to see if she could defend her own turf.  —  Overall performance on both sides was generally sound.
More: 9to5Mac and BGR
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Craigslist losing revenue from housing ads as competition heats up  —  The classifieds site is still a cash cow, but its revenue from real estate ads is down more than 23 percent  —  Rumors of Craigslist's death have been greatly exaggerated, but the dot-com era site may be losing its dominance in the American real estate market.
More: AIM Group
Megan McCarthy / MediaFile:
Bravo's new startup show needs less Ways, more means  —  This evening Bravo aired the hotly anticipated first episode of its technology-focused reality show “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley.”  The show has been an object of chatter for months among tech media and Valley pundits …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft's new tune: Only 16GB open on a 32GB Surface, not “more than 20GB,” as promised  —  When the Surface's pricing and storage options were announced, it received praise coming with, at minimum, 32 gigabytes of internal storage.  That's twice what the low-cost, full-size, and current-model iPad sports, it was noted.
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
France to Probe Mobile Upstart  —  Antitrust Agency to Study if Roaming Pact Gives Illiad Unit ‘Lasting Advantage’  —  PARIS—The French government asked the country's antitrust authority to study whether France's new cut-rate mobile-phone operator is benefiting from a sweetheart roaming agreement …
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 …
Dhanya Skariachan / Reuters:
Staples to have Amazon lockers in U.S. stores: spokeswoman  —  Staples Inc, the largest U.S. office supply retailer, has agreed to install “Amazon Lockers” in its U.S. stores, a Staples spokeswoman said on Mon day.  —  The Amazon lockers at Staples will allow online shoppers to have packages sent to the office supply chain's stores.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Xbox team's ‘consumer detector’ would dis-Kinect freeloading TV viewers  —  A newly surfaced patent filing from Microsoft's Xbox Incubation team details one of the new innovations they've been thinking about.  This one could be very popular among major movie and television studios.
Andrew Rassweiler / IHS iSuppli:
Microsoft Surface RT More Profitable than iPad, Teardown Analysis Reveals  —  The Surface RT model with the minimum 32 gigabytes of NAND flash memory and an optional black Touch Cover carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $271.00, according to a preliminary estimate from the IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis Service.
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.

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Zoho:
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Igloo:
All the coding ladies  —  Much has been said about women in technology this week as a result of Barbie once again, letting down the female population (or more appropriately, humankind as a whole) …
 

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