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November 8, 2012, 11:30 AM

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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Samsung's Galaxy S III overtakes the iPhone 4S as the world's best-selling smartphone in Q3 2012  —  Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III handset usurped the Apple iPhone 4S as the world's best-selling smartphone in the third quarter of 2012, according to a new report released by market research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics.
Michael Kan / Computerworld:
Apple out of China's top five smartphone list in Q3  —  Coolpad smartphones took third place in market share for China, according to Canalys  —  Apple dropped out of the top five list in China's smartphone market for the third quarter, as local handset vendors saw their shipments surge …
Zack Whittaker / CNET:
Apple quietly pulls apology-hiding code from U.K. site  —  Visitors to Apple's U.K. Web site are no longer forced to scroll down to view a court-ordered apology to Samsung, after Apple tried to bury it using hidden code.  —  Less than a week after Apple was rumbled by Reddit users …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
7,000 Starbucks Locations Added to the Square Wallet  —  Starbucks is now accepting Square's mobile payment application at about 7,000 of its stores, as part of a wide-ranging agreement between the two companies.  —  The rollout is right on schedule, coming just three months after the partnership was announced in August.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Sarah McBride / Reuters:
Exclusive: Google Ventures beefs up fund size to $300 million a year  —  (Reuters) - Google will increase the cash it allocates to its venture-capital arm to up to $300 million a year from $200 million, catapulting Google Ventures into the top echelon of corporate venture-capital funds.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Patent suits target Google, Intel, hundreds more for encrypting web traffic  —  Enlarge / A figure from the patent that has been asserted against Intel, Google, and hundreds of other companies providing SSL and TLS on their websites.  —  Google  —  An unknown company's four-year campaign …
Jacqueline Seng / CNET:
MasterCard rolls out credit card with display and keypad  —  The next-generation 2-in-1 card features an embedded LCD display and touch-sensitive buttons for generating one-time passwords.  —  Next time you get a new card from your bank, don't be surprised if it has a keypad and an LCD on it.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Narcissism Of Minor Silicon Valley Differences  —  There's a prevalent myth in Silicon Valley, the myth that people aren't snobs here.  This isn't true.  A sort of reverse/meta-snobbery exists here, mostly intellectual in its nature, and the line between the alphas and the betas is extremely clear cut for those who can see it.
More: The Next Web and Pop17
Daniel Terdiman / CNET:
Obama's win a big vindication for Nate Silver, king of the quants  —  Despite some incredulous political pundits, the FiveThirtyEight statistician appears to have correctly predicted the winner in all 50 states in the presidential election.  —  In the end, big data won.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
BlackBerry 10 gets US government certification, first time RIM products approved ahead of launch  —  Research In Motion today announced that the BlackBerry 10 platform has received Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 140-2 (FIPS PUB 140-2) certification.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Judge blocks California's new ban on anonymity for sex offenders  —  On Tuesday, voters in California overwhelmingly approved Proposition 35, which ratcheted up penalties for those convicted of sex crimes, including human trafficking.  The proposition included a provision requiring registered sex offenders …
More: Wired
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Hurricane Sandy Proved How Hard It Is to Break the Internet  —  All the damage to the communications infrastructure brought on by Hurricane Sandy is sure giving the people who keep track of the technical underpinnings of the Internet a lot of fodder to see how well things do and don't work in real-world situations.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Voters boot three SOPA-sponsoring Hollywood allies from Congress  —  Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), a key supporter of the 1998 Copyright Term Extension Act dedicated to her late husband, lost her seat in Tuesday's election.  —  US Congress  —  When the new Congress takes office in January …
More: CNET
Emma Turpin / Google Chrome Blog:
JAM with Chrome: Play music live with your friends online  —  If you ever dreamed of playing in a band, now's your chance to be a rock star.  JAM with Chrome is an interactive web application that enables friends in different locations to play music together in the Chrome browser on their computers.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Supreme Court Rejects Hearing For Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde  —  Earlier this year the copyright infringement sentence of Peter Sunde was made final.  This meant that the former Pirate Bay spokesman should have begun an eight month jail sentence in May, but this did not come to pass.
Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blogcast:
The New Evernote 5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch  —  Our apps never stop evolving.  Every few weeks, we release an update that adds something new or improves an existing feature.  It's not often that we launch a complete redesign.  In fact, it happens only once every few years.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Store App Updated With Siri and Gift Card Passbook Support (Theoretically)  —  Apple has updated its Apple Store app [App Store] with support for Siri, and the ability to email Passbook enabled gift cards to friends via the app.  However, despite being in the release notes …

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