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November 6, 2012, 10:05 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.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Where to watch the 2012 presidential election live online  —  Millions of people all over the U.S. will flock to the polls Tuesday to make their vote count; and later, everyone will be glued to the screen to find out how the country has voted.  Pretty much all the big news organizations …
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.
Bloomberg:
Apple Says Samsung's Galaxy Note, Jelly Bean Infringe Patents  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) told a judge that Samsung Electronics Co. (005930)'s Galaxy Note 10.1 device infringes its patents, and sought to add the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system to an existing lawsuit against Samsung in California.
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: GigaOM
Tony Bates / The Big Blog:
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Well, It's Becoming Clear That Steve Jobs Was Flat-Out Wrong  —  An interesting thing has happened in the days since Apple released its new smaller iPad:  —  Many Apple devotees have said it will become THE iPad, at least in their own personal use.  —  Why?  —  Mainly because of weight and size.
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.
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.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
AT&T to pay feds $700,000 to settle overcharging dispute  —  The Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday it has reached a $700,000 settlement with AT&T over claims that the carrier overcharged wireless data customers.  —  AT&T has agreed to pay $700,000 to the federal government …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The late smartphone adopter paradox  —  comScore reports that US smartphone penetration has decisively crossed over 50% in August.  This should not come as a surprise as the penetration rate has been very linear.  —  Now that we've crossed this milestone, the thing to watch is the conversion rate …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Delicious Announces A New Design With A Focus On Community, Speed And Mobile  —  Just when you thought that the site Delicious was dead and gone, it's back...again.  Since being acquired by AVOS, headed up by YouTube co-founders, the site has had a few revamps.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Offers $7.99 Monthly Subscription To Amazon Prime [Update: Amazon Confirms It's Only A Test]  —  Amazon is now offering users a monthly option for its Amazon Prime service, priced at $7.99 per month, as an alternative to the $79/yearly subscription.  It's the same service as before …
Suzanne Barlyn / Reuters:
Morgan Stanley tries to halt investor's Facebook arbitration  —  (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley is trying to halt a securities arbitration case filed by a Facebook investor who blames the firm and other companies for $1.9 million in damages stemming from the social media giant's botched initial public offering.
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Why Silicon Valley and Hollywood Don't Get Each Other and Who Will Win the Future  —  For the past three years I have been pounding the table as loud as I can about the future opportunities in digital video.  The concise guide is here.  —  My narrative has stayed pretty simple:
Thanks:@pkedrosky
Samad Rizvi / The Pixar Times:
Pixar Names Building After Steve Jobs  —  Steve Jobs is often associated with Apple, but many often forgot that the visionary played a large role in the creation of Pixar.  He financed the work at the studio long before it became profitable, pouring millions of his own money into keeping Pixar afloat …
More: The Verge and 9to5MacTweets: @ijunns
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.

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