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November 5, 2012, 10:30 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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
More: Geekosystem and Polygon
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate:
iPad mini Display Technology Shoot-Out  —  The iPad mini has finally arrived - Apple's much anticipated response to the incredibly successful 7 inch Tablets pioneered by Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and more recently by Google with its Nexus 7.  So far they are the only Tablets that have made a dent in Apple's near monopoly on Tablets.
Variety:
Amazon eyes original comedy series ‘Browsers’  —  Netco close to greenlight for project originally developed at CBS  —  In a sign that Amazon is getting serious about fielding original programming, the Internet giant is said to be close to greenlighting a musical comedy series dubbed “Browsers.”
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
As Netflix Pops Its Poison Pill, Wall Street Struggles to Find Icahn a Buyer  —  Last week Carl Icahn took a big stake in Netflix, and announced that he wanted someone to buy the company.  Here's the next step: Netflix has adopted a “poison pill” provision, designed to keep Icahn from acquiring any more of the company.

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