November 2, 2013, 1:45 PM

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Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
iPad Air Delivers 24 Hours of Battery Life as LTE Hotspot  —  A year ago during my review of the LTE iPad 3 I decided to find out how long the iPad would last as a personal hotspot.  With the display off and a single notebook tethered wirelessly to the iPad downloading at a constant 50KB/s …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Netflix starts testing 4K videos, wants to launch Ultra HD next year  —  Netflix quietly added a handful of 4K HD videos to its catalog this week to prepare itself for a wider launch of ultra high-definition video content in the coming months.  So far, the titles added to the catalog …
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Firmware Update Improves Battery Life  —  Shortly after general availability of the Surface Pro 2, Microsoft pushed out a firmware update that allowed the Marvell WiFi solution to drive down to even lower power states.  I spoke with Microsoft after the update went live …
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Cameron Graham / Technology Advice:
Why Amazon Fights State Sales Tax, But Supports It Nationally  —  Amazon will begin charging sales tax on goods purchased by customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin today, after fighting such regulation for years.  That brings the total number of states which require sales tax …
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
RIP iGoogle: Google's personalized Web portal service has now closed down  —  RIP another Google service: iGoogle, the company's personalized Web portal product, finally bit the dust today, some eight months after its shutdown was announced.  —  iGoogle has slipped into the darkness quietly …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft to spend $405 million on Windows marketing, aims for 16 million tablet sales  —  Microsoft started a huge advertising campaign for Windows 8 and Surface during its launch last year, but the company is reportedly planning to spend even more this year for Windows 8.1.
Jared Newman / TechHive:
Sprint takes Nexus 5 pre-orders, offering $50 phone to new subscribers  —  Getting over your fear of commitment can save you a couple hundred bucks.  Sprint is offering Google's new Nexus 5 smartphone for just $50—provided you don't mind locking yourself into the carrier for the next two years.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Boost Mobile to offer iPhone 5s & 5c for $100 off starting at $549/$449  —  Boost Mobile, a prepaid subsidiary of Sprint, today announced pricing for its upcoming iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c launch next week.  While the carrier previously announced that the device would arrive on Nov. 8 …

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