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November 1, 2013, 3:25 PM

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iFixit:
iPad Air Teardown  —  It's All Hallows' Eve, the ghosts are out, and there's a spooky chill in the—nope, that's just Apple's latest ghoul, the iPad Air.  Time to gut our new toy and carve it into a bone-chilling Apple-lantern.  While our cobbers down under don't celebrate Halloween quite like we do …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Launch-Day iPad Air Stocks Begin to Weaken, High-Capacity Models Most Affected  —  With the iPad Air now having launched in over 40 countries today, supplies of the device are starting to weaken in some of Apple's online and retail stores.  The most significant signs of tightening supplies …
CBS San Francisco:
Google's Secret Revealed: Barge To Offer High-End Showrooms, Party Deck  —  SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) - Google's mysterious floating barge on San Francisco Bay will feature luxury showrooms and a party deck for the tech giant to market Google Glass and other gadgets to invitation-only clients, multiple sources told KPIX 5.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Patent war goes nuclear: Microsoft, Apple-owned “Rockstar” sues Google  —  Rockstar's reverse-engineering lab in Ottawa, Canada.  —  Rockstar Consortium  —  Canada-based telecom Nortel went bankrupt in 2009 and sold its biggest asset—a portfolio of more than 6,000 patents covering 4G wireless innovations …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Angry Over U.S. Surveillance, Tech Giants Bolster Defenses  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google has spent months and millions of dollars encrypting email, search queries and other information flowing among its data centers worldwide.  Facebook's chief executive said at a conference this fall that the government “blew it.”
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Meet “badBIOS,” the mysterious Mac and PC malware that jumps airgaps  —  Three years ago, security consultant Dragos Ruiu was in his lab when he noticed something highly unusual: his MacBook Air, on which he had just installed a fresh copy of OS X, spontaneously updated the firmware that helps it boot.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
J.D. Power's fuzzy math: Samsung's 18 stars beat Apple's 22  —  How exactly did Samsung overtake Apple in “overall satisfaction”?  —  FORTUNE — You can hardly blame the reporters and editors who wrote all those headlines proclaiming Samsung's victory over Apple (AAPL) …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
PLAiR 2 Launches To Take On Chromecast With Netflix, Hulu Plus, Spotify, And Pandora Apps For $49  —  What do you do when your startup launches a product in a nascent category and then a behemoth like Google enters the space and validates it?  And eats your lunch in the process?
More: Gigaom, CNET and Engadget
Kellex / Droid Life:
Motorola Announces Devices to Receive Android 4.4 - Moto X and New DROIDs for Sure  —  Earlier today, Motorola began teasing the Android 4.4 Kit Kat update for their line of devices.  They promised news on their plans, which they have now delivered on.  If you cruise over to their device upgrade portal …
Brad Molen / Engadget:

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