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November 6, 2012, 10:10 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!
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Will Apple Switch the Mac to ARM?  Why the Rumors Do, and Don't, Ring True.  —  You have to wonder if Apple and Intel are in some kind of negotiation phase right now.  —  That's at least one cynical way to interpret the story from Bloomberg News saying that Apple is exploring ways to move …
More: The Loop
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 …
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: memeburn and CNET
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Foursquare Blog:
Foursquare Explore now has ratings powered by where people actually like to go, not just star ratings  —  With today's iOS update, we've made finding the best place on-the-go even easier.  Now when you search for somewhere to go in Explore, you'll see a score from 1 to 10 next to the name of a place.
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 …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Martyn Williams / Network World:
Smart meters not so clever about privacy, researchers find  —  A University of South Carolina study found smart meters transmitting plain text information that could be used against home owners By Martyn Williams, IDG News Service November 05, 2012 12:20 PM ET Researchers at the University …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Google pledge to downgrade piracy sites under review  —  Government raises prospect of fresh legislation as entertainment groups accuse internet giant of dragging its feet  —  The government is to review Google's pledge to downgrade illegal filesharing websites in its search results …
Dhanya Skariachan / Reuters:
Staples to have Amazon lockers in U.S. stores: spokeswoman  —  (Reuters) - 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 Monday.  —  The Amazon lockers at Staples will allow online shoppers …
Mikek / Hacking NetFlix:
Amazon Testing a $7.99 Per Month Prime Subscription  —  Reader Scott noticed that Amazon is now testing a $7.99 per month Prime subscription (instead of $79 per year), a price that is very familiar to Netflix and Hulu Plus subscribers.  I was able to confirm the pricing on the Amazon website and capture a screen shot:
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
Ev Williams on Medium: We'd rather be HBO than mass market programming  —  The fact that just a small percentage of Twitter users create the vast majority of content on the site is often raised as a criticism of the whole platform.  But Evan Williams, the co-founder of Twitter and …
More: CNET
Reuters:
Exclusive: EU regulators to accept Apple, publishers e-book offer  —  (Reuters) - EU regulators are set to accept an offer by Apple and four book publishers allowing Amazon and other retailers to sell e-books more cheaply than Apple to end an antitrust investigation and avoid fines, two sources said on Monday.
More: Engadget
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Proposal to Bolster Online Privacy Rules for Children Draws Opposition  —  Washington is pushing Silicon Valley on children's privacy, and Silicon Valley is pushing back.  —  Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter have all objected to portions of a federal effort to strengthen online privacy protections for children.
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 …

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