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November 6, 2012, 1:55 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Xbox Surface: Microsoft's 7-inch gaming tablet  —  Microsoft's secret project for a mini Xbox  —  Microsoft is building its own 7-inch gaming tablet.  Multiple sources familiar with plans within Redmond have confirmed to The Verge that initial hardware planning for an Xbox Surface is underway.
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:
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 …
Bloomberg:
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Confirmed: Microsoft to retire its Messenger IM service in Q1 2013, moving 100M+ users to Skype in single act  —  Today Microsoft announced that its Messenger service will be discontinued in the first quarter of 2013.  Part of that move is the integration of Messenger's 100 million+ users …
More: ZDNet and The Verge
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.
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?
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
If You Want to Stay out of Jail, Don't Instagram Your Ballot  —  A not-so-surprising thing happened this morning: My Instagram feed morphed from photos of dogs, kids, fancy coffees and food porn into a stream of people's voting ballots.  —  Photo courtesy of Instagram.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google Voice experiencing major SMS problems, sent messages displaying wrong phone number  —  Complaints are flooding in at the Google Voice help forums regarding major issues with the service's SMS functionality.  Multiple users have reported that outbound text messages sent from the same account …
More: TechCrunch and Gizmodo
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
E-Mail Voting Fails Some New Jersey Residents  —  Bouncing e-mail addresses, personal Hotmail accounts.  “It's really maddening,” says Tanz.  —  New Jersey's last-minute offer of e-mail voting to displaced residents was greeted by concern by security experts, who warn that e-mail offers a fast track to voter fraud.
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
AT&T prices Lumia 920 and 8GB HTC 8X at $100, Lumia 820 at $50, Nokias due on Friday  —  AT&T is finally spilling the beans on how much its Windows Phone 8 handsets will set you back if you plump for a two-year deal.  Nokia's Lumia 920 costs $99.99, $50 less than previously speculated, and will come with a free wireless charging plate.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Imagination buys chip design firm MIPS for $60m, 498 patents sold to industry consortium for $350m  —  More M&A activity in the wonderful world of chips.  MIPS Technologies has been for sale for quite a while, but now things are finally moving: the semiconductor design company formerly known …
Tom Paseka / CloudFlare blog:
Why Google Went Offline Today and a Bit about How the Internet Works  —  Today, Google's services experienced a limited outage for about 27 minutes over some portions of the Internet.  The reason this happened dives into the deep, dark corners of networking.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook For iOS Gets Photo Filters And Multi-Shot Sharing, Beating Twitter To The Punch  —  Don't trust the release notes.  Facebook has just added photo filters to its iOS app, though the feature wasn't announced in the version 5.1 “What's New” that highlights multi-photo uploads, slide-out chat buddy list, and Gift giving.
India Real Time:
India Faces iPhone 5 Shortage … Just days after the iPhone 5 went on sale in India, most retailers are already out of stock.  —  “We were sold out within 24 hours of launch.  It's all gone,” said Himanshu Chakrawarti, chief executive of The MobileStore Ltd., a retailer that stocks iPhones and which has 900 outlets across India.
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 …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple already catches up with fourth-gen iPad demand, now ‘in stock’  —  Last time we checked in, the new fourth-generation iPad with Retina display was listed as shipping in “3-5 business days” from Apple's U.S. website.  That was down from the estimated one-week shipping time Apple had listed …
Tony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
China Most Threatening Cyberspace Force, U.S. Panel Says  —  China is “the most threatening actor in cyberspace” as its intelligence agencies and hackers use increasingly sophisticated techniques to gain access to U.S. military computers and defense contractors, according to the draft of an annual report mandated by Congress.
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