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November 12, 2013, 11:10 AM

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Sam Byford / The Verge:
iPad mini with Retina display on sale now starting at $399  —  Three weeks after its announcement, the iPad mini with Retina display is now available for purchase in the online Apple Store.  The release follows that of the larger iPad Air earlier in the month; both tablets feature …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Initial Retina iPad mini Apple Store rollout to be exclusive to Personal Pickup, Apple issues press release  —  Due to “limited supply” and “high demand,” the new iPad mini with Retina display will be available at Apple Stores exclusively through the Personal Pickup service for the time-being.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Google Glass Will Expand Its Features Into Music  —  To sell Glass, its augmented-reality form of eyewear, Google has already tried to make it a fashion accessory and a must-have video device for any parent or sky diver.  Now it is also presenting this $1,500 piece of wearable technology as a way to interact with music.
Digits:
Motorola Plans Low-Cost Phone; Sales of Moto X Disappoint  —  Google's Motorola unit is set to introduce a relatively low-cost phone Wednesday, according to people familiar with the matter, amid weak sales and a price cut of its flagship high-end model.  —  Details of the new …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Don't Get Too Excited About GlobalFoundries and Apple — At Least, Not Just Yet  —  Don't get too excited about an intriguing story from the Albany Times Union saying that chip-manufacturing company GlobalFoundries may soon start turning out chips for Apple's iPhones and iPads at a factory in upstate New York.
Larry Rulison / Times Union:
Paul Gagnon / DisplaySearch Blog:
Apple's Long-Rumored TV Ambitions on Hold Again?  —  According to sources in the TV supply chain, it appears that Apple's long-rumored TV plans, which were far from concrete anyway, have been put on hold again, possibly to be replaced by a rollout of wearable devices.
Kadhim Shubber / CoinDesk:
$4.1m goes missing as Chinese bitcoin trading platform GBL vanishes  —  Bitcoin is surging in China, but the explosion in digital currency trading has been accompanied by possible fraud and theft.  —  GBL, a Chinese bitcoin trading platform that claimed to be based in Hong Kong …
Paul Ziobro / Wall Street Journal:
Target emulates Amazon online, continues to struggle with e-commerce despite heavy investments  —  Target Fills Its Cart With Some of Amazon's Tricks  —  MINNEAPOLIS— Target Corp. has come up with an answer to Amazon.com Inc. Copy it.  —  The discount chain's latest online offerings …
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
T-Mobile US could raise almost $2 billion for spectrum purchases  —  (Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc announced on Monday a stock offering that could bring it almost $2 billion for spectrum purchases.  —  T-Mobile, the No. 4 U.S. mobile service provider, said it would sell 66.15 million common shares …
Bloomberg:
Malone's Liberty Global Said in Talks to Buy Intel's TV Service  —  John Malone's Liberty Global (LBTYA) Plc, the European cable operator, is in talks to acquire Intel Corp. (INTC)'s online pay-TV service under development, said three people with knowledge of the situation.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Finds Surprising Growth Market in Japan  —  Tech Company Gets Boost From Carriers' Price War, Local Anti-Samsung Bias … Apple Inc. is striking gold in an unlikely place: Japan.  —  In the past two years, Japan has emerged as Apple's fastest-growing region, far outpacing its home market …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Startups See Opportunity in New Healthcare Law  —  Software Firms to Court Newly Insured, Offering Online Tools  —  In the coming months, the Affordable Care Act will produce millions of newly insured Americans, many of whom will be making decisions about health care for the first time.
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Kyle VanHemert / Wired:
Look Inside Apple's Spaceship Headquarters With 24 All-New Pics  —  Office life will spill into a verdant landscape on both the inside and outside of the ring.  Image: City of Cupertino  —  The project was helmed by the firm of star architect Norman Foster.  Image: City of Cupertino
Edvard Pettersson / Bloomberg:
Apple Heads to Trial With Inventor Over Smartphone Patent  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL), the world's most valuable technology company, faces a trial over claims by a California inventor that a patent he holds covers key features of the iPhone.  —  Apple maintains the NetAirus Technologies LLC patent …
More: 9to5Mac, eWeek and BBC
Joel Hruska / HotHardware.com News:
AMD Announces New Tools, Development Capabilities at APU13, Confirms Kaveri Has 512 GPU Cores and Can Run BF4  —  At APU13 today, AMD announced a full suite of new products and development tools as part of its push to improve HSA development.  One of the most significant announcements to come …
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Backblaze stores 75 petabytes on 25,000 drives, and most are still spinning  —  Cloud backup provider is fast becoming one of my favorite companies in IT, if only because it shares so much information about its operations.  On Tuesday, the company — famous for its open source storage-pod designs …
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET:
Chrome 32 lets you easily find and close those noisy tabs  —  Tabs in Chrome 32 Beta will notify you via icons when they're streaming audio.  —  (Credit: Google)  —  If you've ever wondered which of your 200 browser tabs is making all that racket, the latest Chrome Beta can lend an ear.
Russ Pitts / Polygon:
The birth of Xbox Live … There was a dream that was a box.  —  Part sci-fi, part nostalgia, this box would unite people from around the world and provide a platform for entertainment that would drive the future.  In young computer scientist J Allard's dream, this box would change the world.
Tweets: @kezamacdonald
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Netflix is now available on TiVo set-top boxes for Virgin Media subscribers in the UK  —  Virgin Media subscribers in the UK can now access the on-demand movie and TV streaming service Netflix from their TiVo set-top box, following a successful trial that kicked off a few months ago.
Horace Dediu / asymco.com:
Average iOS user contributed about $48 to Apple's iTunes revenue in the last 12 months  —  What's an Active User worth?  —  Apple has sold 700 million iOS devices.  Google claims one billion Android device activations.  Microsoft has about 1.5 billion Windows users and Facebook about 1.19 billion.

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