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November 6, 2012, 10:40 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: MacRumors and 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 …
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:
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More: Gizmodo and Polygon
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 …
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
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.
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 …

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