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October 24, 2012, 2:20 PM

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Mathew Honan / Wired:
Microsoft Dives Deep to Surface a Hit  —  Nobody asked me about my Surface.  I tried flashing it all over the place.  But despite my best efforts, no one seemed curious.  —  At Victrola Coffee Roasters in Seattle, I sat in the front window, with a hot pink Touch Cover attached, intentionally conspicuous.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Microsoft Surface Review  —  A Different Perspective  —  A week ago, I sat in an auditorium and listened to Steve Sinofsky talk about the tablet market.  He talked about how the iPad was a great device, and a logical extension of the iPhone.  Give iOS a bigger screen and all of the sudden …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Hardworking Tablet With PC Chops  —  I am writing this paragraph on a tablet in a coffee shop.  That's no big deal.  As I look around, I see several people working on Apple iPads.  But the tablet I'm using is very different—historic, actually.  It's the first personal computer made by Microsoft …
Reuters:
Apple's Schiller defends iPad mini's price tag  —  (Reuters) - Apple marketing wizard Phil Schiller defended the $329 price of the new iPad mini tablet, saying consumers will be willing to pay for quality not found in less expensive devices from rivals like Google and Amazon.
Reuters:
Dutch court says Samsung does not infringe Apple patent  —  (Reuters) - A Dutch court ruled on Wednesday that Samsung Electronics does not infringe an Apple patent by using certain multi-touch techniques on some Galaxy smartphones and tablet computers.  —  “With these products Samsung does …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
‘Letterpress’ for iOS: Tweetie creator emerges from year of silence with addictive word game  —  The inventor of ‘pull-to-refresh’ and Twitter for iPad takes a stab at gaming  —  Almost one year ago Loren Brichter left Twitter, largely leaving the public eye “to figure out what's next.”
Kim Zetter / Wired:
How a Google Headhunter's E-Mail Unraveled a Massive Net Security Hole  —  It was a strange e-mail, coming from a job recruiter at Google, asking Zachary Harris if he was interested in a position as a site-reliability engineer.  —  “You obviously have a passion for Linux and programming,” the e-mail from the Google recruiter read.
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Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
AT&T sells 4.7 million iPhones and 1.4 million smartphones to make a $3.6 billion profit in Q3 2012 (video)  —  AT&T's third quarter figures have shown that the network certainly has a handle on this “selling smartphones” malarkey.  In the last three months, it's managed to ship 6.1 smartphones …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
HP outs pricing on full Windows 8 PC lineup  —  A huge wave of Windows 8 PCs is coming, and HP is hoping to ride it to victory.  Early on Wednesday, the company announced pricing and availability for its complete Windows 8 PC portfolio, which includes a broad range of notebooks …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Square Takes Its First International Step: Payment Service Now Live In Canada  —  Square has taken its first step outside of the U.S. for its mobile payment service: it is now live in Canada.  The company said today that its mobile card reader/processor is now available nationwide …
Jason Cohen / A Smart Bear:
The rise of the “successful” unsustainable company  —  It's appalling what passes for “successful entrepreneurship” in the press or the Valley, but it's not their fault.  —  Witness, for example, this terrific Fast Company article on Bill Nguyen, serial entrepreneur who's seventh startup …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
European Commission sends formal complaint to Microsoft over browser choice commitments  —  Announcing that it would investigate Microsoft over whether it has offered Windows users a choice over their web browser, the European Commission has sent a formal complaint the Redmond-based company, sending it a formal state of objections.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Note II for T-Mobile now available for $370 on contract  —  T-Mobile may be a bit late to the Samsung Galaxy Note II party, but the mega-sized 5.5-inch smartphone has now landed in its online store for $370 on contract.  You'll need to commit yourself to one of several …
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Cyberattack on Saudi Oil Firm Disquiets U.S.  —  The hackers picked the one day of the year they knew they could inflict the most damage on the world's most valuable company, Saudi Aramco.  —  On Aug. 15, more than 55,000 Saudi Aramco employees stayed home from work to prepare …
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Skype 6.0 for Mac and Windows released with Facebook and Microsoft login options  —  A Windows 8 and RT-specific version of Skype will be coming in a few days, but current Mac and Windows users are getting an update now.  Version 6.0 of Skype for desktop offers some helpful design tweaks …

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