November 22, 2012, 10:10 PM

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iPad mini Review  —  Over the last two months, Apple has updated almost all of its core product lines, with the addition of a 13" model to the Retina MacBook Pro line and new silicon for the iPad and Mac mini to go with ground up redesigns for the iPhone, iMac, iPod touch, and iPod nano.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Windows 8 store adds 7,000 apps in two weeks to pass 20,000 mark, almost 18,000 are free  —  The Windows Store in Windows 8 has passed 20,000 apps.  It's not clear exactly when it happened, but Win App Update, which keeps track of the totals, posted on Thursday that the milestone was likely reached on Tuesday.
More: WinBeta and Neowin
New York Times:
The Shrewd Shopper Carries a Smartphone  —  This Black Friday, to the tech-aware go the spoils.  —  Retailers are trying to lure shoppers away from the Internet, where they have increasingly been shopping to avoid Black Friday madness, and back to the stores.
Tweets: @ryan_fisk
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Yahoo's Ad Sell-Through Rate on its Log-in Page Has Plummeted  —  A Huge Display Unit to Appeal to Brand Advertisers  —  One of Yahoo's prime pieces of ad real estate has been awfully ad-free of late, according to a report from financial research firm Macquarie Equities Research.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @timcohn
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Media bigs flock to YouTube power players  —  Why MCNs like Fullscreen, Maker are luring investors  —  Above: Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos, right, holds a meeting with staffers in Culver City, CA.  —  There may be no better sign that there's a hot Internet sector brewing than Peter Chernin choosing to invest there — repeatedly.
Tweets: @fullscreen and @hunterwalk
Erica Orden / Wall Street Journal:
DreamWorks Releases Software Used in ‘Guardians’  —  DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., after spending years developing specialized software used to make one of its most expensive movies ever, is giving it away free to competitors.  —  The studio released onto the open market one of the primary tools used …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IBM: Thanksgiving Sales Data Shows Mobile Commerce Jumping, iPhone/iPad Driving 19% Of Traffic, Social Nets Only 0.2%  —  ComScore yesterday predicted that e-commerce sales would jump by 14% this holiday season compared to last year, to $42 billion, and some numbers just out from IBM's Benchmark service …
Allison Hoffman / Tablet Magazine:
Meet the Young Soldiers Who Pushed the IDF's Social Media Strategy  —  Young Israeli soldiers have pushed older commanders into adopting a more aggressive social media strategy After the first night of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, now almost a week ago, a photograph began circulating around Twitter …
More: Gizmodo
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Apple's Big Problem: Google Is Getting Better At Design Faster Than Apple Is Getting Better At The Internet  —  Apple's biggest problem is that Google is getting better at what it does poorly faster than Apple is getting better at what it does poorly, says Patrick Gibson in a blog post.

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Federal Insecurity  —  The number of security incidents impacting Federal agencies has grown from 5,503 in 2006 to 67,168 in 2014 — a massive 1121% increase in 8 years — what can be done?
What consumers have to say about Bitcoin, P2P, social spending and more  —  We asked 7000 digital consumers how they expect to pay for digital goods & services in the future.  The results are in.
Upload Web Receipts for scanning with the new Google Chrome add-on  —  Remember the days of keeping receipts in a shoebox?  Sure, you had them all in one place, but they weren't organized, they weren't sorted …
CareerArc: How Square's Debut Draws Concerns Over IPO “Ratchets” & Impact on Tech Talent  —  Square's IPO points a spotlight on “IPO Ratchets”—now a common demand among tech investors.  But how might ratchets affect employees?

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