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Apple fires a couple people, Do we need big device announcements? Hurricane hits the Internet. http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Rafe Needleman, Platform Advocate, Evernote
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We'll keep you up to date on the most important stories in the tech world, and put them in context for you.

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We start with the top 10 stories of the day in the News Fuse

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tmApple shook things up yesterday afternoon, announcing "changes to increase collaboration across hardware software and services." Those changes involve firing John Browett, head of Apple retail and announcing scott Forstall, head of iOS will leave the ompany in one year. Jony Ive takes over all design, eddy Cue takes over Siri and Maps and Craig Federighi gets iOS. Bob Mansfield will now head a new technology group dealing with wireless and semiconductor hardware.http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2012/10/29Apple-Announces-Changes-to-Increase-Collaboration-Across-Hardware-Software-Services.html

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slWho needs a big event, anyway? Google announced the Nexus 4 smartphone, a lovelier version of LG's Optimus G, the Nexus 7, a bigger storage version of the Nexus 7 that's been available since June, and the Nexus 10, a Samsung-made, 10.05-inch display that has a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution, making for 300 pixels per inch, which just for the record is better than an iPad Retina display, and priced competitvely- The 16-GB version costs $399 and the 32-GB version costs $499. No LTE, though.http://www.informationweek.com/hardware/handheld/google-nexus-10-bests-ipads-retina-displ/240012506

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iaServers for Buzzfeed, the Huffington Post, and Gawker were knocked offline by Hurricane Sandy. Some of the sites have taken to Tumblr and Twitter to keep up their online presence. Meanwhile, Google has added a new layer to its Crisis Map that shows what areas are hit with power outages. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2411552,00.asp

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Google Adds Power Outage Information To Its Hurricane Sandy Crisis Maphttp://techcrunch.com/2012/10/29/google-adds-power-outage-information-to-its-hurricane-sandy-crisis-map/

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tmJohn Poole of Primate Labs has posted about benchmarks for the new 4th generation iPad that appeared Sunday night on the Geekbench Browser. If the benchmark is accurate the new iPad rtuns a 1.4GHZ processor with 1 GB of RAM. Performance is about 10 percent faster than iPhone 5 and around double that of the 3rd generation iPad.http://www.macrumors.com/2012/10/30/4th-generation-ipad-benchmarks-show-1-4ghz-dual-core-processor-1gb-of-ram/

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slAMD loves ARM, or at least enough to License ARM for Future Opteron Server Chips! They'll be in the next generation of server products that will begin to appear in 2014. Details are still a little slim, but we know AMD is taking out a full-fledged ARM license and on Monday talked up future System-on-a-Chip (SoC) developments, meaning AMD plans to develop and release Opteron-branded server parts that mix ARM's technology in with its own architecture at the die level. Yay!!http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2411546,00.asp

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iaSpeaking of ARM processors, the rumor mill says that NVidia's Tegra 4 processor will be shown off at CES in January 2013, with more partners announced in February's Mobile World Congress. The Tegra 4 is based on the ARM Cortex-A15 architecture and is aimed at tablets and is supposed to offer 10 times the performance of Tegra 2 dual-core chips and twice that of the Tegra 3. http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/29257-tegra-4-to-come-at-ces-2013

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tmVenture Capital firm Andreesen-Horowitz has become a bit of a startmaker in Silicon Valley, so a lot of attention is being paid to the fact that they're in on the $15.5 million backing a company called ItsOn. The company plans to create software that would give mobile carriers more flexibility in how they charge customers for data.http://allthingsd.com/20121030/andreesen-backed-start-up-itson-raises-15-million-to-help-make-mobile-service-more-flexible/

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slThe UK's first 4G service is up and running in 11 cities today, with the launch of EE's LTE network. The company says it plans to expand its coverage by 2,000 square miles every month, and claims that 74 percent of businesses plan to adopt 4G within the next year. In fact, EE says it intends to add five more cities to its network before Christmas, and to cover 98 percent fo the population by the end of 2014. This means adding coverage for two million people every month.http://www.tgdaily.com/mobility-features/67184-4g-goes-live-in-11-uk-cities

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tmThe Register reports analyst outfit TrendForce has pegged Lenovo as the top Chinese smartphone company just 6 months after launching its first smartphone. Lenovo has 14.7% of the market according TrendForce, leaping them past ZTE and Huawei. Korean company Samsung is just ahead of Lenovo in China with 15.5% of the market.http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/10/30/lenovo_chinas_number_one_smartphone_maker/

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iaFolks in the UK can now get their hands on the Nook Simple Touch Glowlight for £109. The Simple Touch is also available now for £79. If ereaders aren't your thing, the Nook HD and Nook HD+ are up for pre-order over at the newly launched uk.nook.com and will be available next month. http://www.techdigest.tv/2012/10/nook_simple_tou.html

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tmAn Apple Exit Over Mapshttp://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052970204840504578087192497916304-lMyQjAxMTAyMDIwOTEyNDkyWj.html

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From inside Apple, the Scott Forstall fallouthttp://gigaom.com/2012/10/29/from-inside-apple-the-scott-forstall-fallout/

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Senior VP of iOS Scott Forstall is out at Apple: why, and what it means.http://gdgt.com/discuss/senior-vp-of-ios-scott-forstall-is-out-at-apple-why-and-what-it-means-1e4p/

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WSJ reports Scott Forstall refused to sign a letter apologising for maps
- Forstall reportedly not cooperative - Forstall told people there is no decider, sent email saying mobiel team not working on big ideas -- was a last-m,inute thing according to GigaOM
John Browett was unpopular and criticised for cutting hours w/ new staffing ormula
- Craig federighi now in charge of OSX and iOS. Edyy Cure gets Siri and Maps
- Jonny Ive might strike a new design tone as HI head.
- Mansfield semiconductors and wireless. The parts that make mobile.
- GigaOm says a 'schedule-driven culture' has a risen
This was better than the Giants winning the World Series. People are really excited.
– A senior Apple employee, who asked not to be named, describing the mood at the company upon the news of Scott Forstall’s departure

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iaGoogle’s quiet Nexus launch proves we don’t actually need the fanfarehttp://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/30/googles-quiet-nexus-launch/

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- An article at EletricPig.co.uk is asks the questions "What's the real benefit in a big keynote launch?"
- Article written in response to Google simply announcing its Nexus line of devices after its press event was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.
- ElectricPig calls these events "the press release glammed up and stretched out over the course of (at least) an hour."
- Meanwhile, we had Microsoft's 70 minute presentation on Windows Phone 8

Q: Considering the press Google's Nexus line got without an event, is there a huge benefit to these press events at this point?

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slHurricane Sandy Takes Down Gawker, Buzzfeed, HuffPohttp://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2411552,00.asp

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Instagram users are posting 10 Hurricane Sandy pictures every secondhttp://instacane.com/

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Google Adds Power Outage Information To Its Hurricane Sandy Crisis Maphttp://techcrunch.com/2012/10/29/google-adds-power-outage-information-to-its-hurricane-sandy-crisis-map/

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Sandy foils Facebook staffers' long-awaited stock saleshttp://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/29/us-facebook-lockup-idUSBRE89S13720121029

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- storm affected the servers of Gawker Media, The Huffington Post, and Buzzfeed
- Buzzfeed this AM still having trouble posting. using made interim Tumblr blogs, including buzzfeed.tumblr.com, buzzfeedpolitics.tumblr.com, buzzfeedshift.tumblr.com, gofwd.tumblr.com, and buzzfeedmusic.tumblr.com.
- huffpo and gawker using twitter to keep readers informed
- fake claims: shark in someone's front yard in NJ, NYSE floor flooding, ConEd shutting power down in entire city. news orgs struggling to report facts
- kevin Systrom told Poynter last night 10 photos/second hashtagged #sandy
- instacane.com shows storm progress
- Google added power outage maps to its Crisis maps

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tmAndreessen-Backed Start-Up ItsOn Raises $15 Million to Help Make Mobile Service More Flexiblehttp://allthingsd.com/20121030/andreesen-backed-start-up-itson-raises-15-million-to-help-make-mobile-service-more-flexible/

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Are Flexible Mobile Data Plans Finally Here? Andreessen Horowitz Leads $15.5M Round In ItsOnhttp://techcrunch.com/2012/10/30/itson-andreessen/

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ItsOn CEO Greg Raleigh “Most people don’t use the majority of the service they purchase,”
Marc Andreesen: “Today,” he said, “a large number [of customers] who don’t use much data are subsidizing a small number of people who use a ton of data.”
- carriers’ capital expenditures balloon to more than $20 billion a year, smartphone uise rising. <--- IS there a conection between smartphone usage and carrier cost?????
- buy a day of streaming video, or a week’s worth of Facebook. Amazon could pay for data for shopping their store, snack company pays for data to stream sporting event
- Split work and personal data use. Reward children with 'facebook time'
- Aimed at people who don't purchase data plans or are hesitant to add second devices.
- Hope to launch with commercial carriers next year
- Monday announced raised a further $15.5 million from backers
Q: Are we being sold a scenario here or is ther e areal need for mobile pricing manipulation that violates Net Neutrality principles?

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slMicrosoft opens the Windows Store. Will app makers walk in?http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57542290-75/microsoft-opens-the-windows-store-will-app-makers-walk-in/

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Google Says 700,000 Applications Available for Androidhttp://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-29/google-says-700-000-applications-available-for-android-devices

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- Microsoft built Windows Store into Windows 8. On PCs and tablets. announced to devs 1 year ago. 5k apps available in US.
- Build, a four-day conference on its Redmond campus, started today. goal: sell Windows 8 to devs. Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer cited analyst expectations at the Windows 8 launch that 400 million new PCs will be sold next year, "most of which will run Windows 8."
- Goog says it has "about" 700k apps for Google Play. Last week in Mini announcement Apple said it had "over" 700k
- Apple long argued iOS is best place for devs to make money
- Microsoft is building it differently. iOS started with iPhone. Windows 8 on tablets its own beast

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iaGoogle launches voter tool ahead of the presidential electionhttp://www.zdnet.com/google-launches-voter-tool-ahead-of-the-presidential-election-7000006591/Techlection

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- Google's launched its "Voter Information Tool," which tells you where your polling place and gives you a Ballot Summary with links to the candidates main websites and other outlets like Twitter and Facebook
- In addition, the Voter Information Tool is linked to the 2012 Election YouTube channel
- You can see who's running for US Senator, State Senators and more
- Obviously, the tool shows you who's running for president (I didn't know Roseanne Barr was running for president with the Peace and Freedom party)
- The Voter Information Tool is embeddable and also open source so if you want you can put it on your site or customize it.

Election day is a week from today. Nov. 6th.

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iPad Mini 'banned' ad zooms to YouTube popularityhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57542313-37/ipad-mini-banned-ad-zooms-to-youtube-popularity/

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Nokia Lumia 920 ships first to Rogers, makes Canadians the world's vanguards for $100http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/30/nokia-lumia-920-ships-first-to-rogers-in-canada/

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I am not pointing this out to be a nitpicker but to give one of the pioneers of the micro revolution his due. Far too few people remember Gary Kildall. MS-DOS was in many
peoples opinion a copy of CP/M for the x86.

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