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November 1, 2013, 1:50 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 …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
iPad Air Online Orders Go Live in the United States, Canada, and Europe  —  Apple began taking orders for its redesigned thin-and-light iPad Air in the United States, Canada, and Europe at midnight Pacific Time, after the tablet launched earlier today in several Asia Pacific countries.
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:
HTC: Android 4.4 KitKat coming to the One within 90 days, Google Play edition in 15 days  —  Now that we know which of Google's Nexus devices will be eligible for an update to Android 4.4 KitKat, other manufacturers are starting to speak up about their rollout plans as well.
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) …
Olivia Solon / Wired.co.uk:
Monotype partners with Google to release typographic experimentation tool  —  Typeface provider Monotype has partnered with Google to launch a free public version of Monotypes's typographic experimentation app Typecast, which can now be accessed through Google Fonts.
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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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
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