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November 1, 2013, 4:00 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 …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Confirmed: Apple & Best Buy will price match Walmart's $479 iPad Air deal in stores (Staples too)  —  As it has been known to do for recent Apple product launches, Walmart announced last week that it would be offering a $20 discount on Apple's new entry-level 16GB iPad Air starting as soon as the device launches tomorrow on November 1.
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.”
Brad Molen / Engadget:
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
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) …
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.
Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:
Oracle Investors Reject CEO Ellison's Pay at Annual Meeting  —  Oracle Corp. shareholders rejected the pay packages of Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison and other executives, hewing to the recommendation by a proxy adviser that said their compensation is out of sync with the company's performance.

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