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iPad Mini Retina Rumor Arrives Early (CNET)
Just days after the iPad Mini landed at stores and doorsteps, we have a tantalizing rumor from the Asia supply chain about a future Retina version of the 7.9-inch tablet. Chinese-language DoNews said in a story dated Nov. 7 that iPad Mini display maker AUO is working on a 2,048 x 1,536 pixel resolution display for the next iPad Mini. Mashable Offering the same resolution found on the third- and fourth-generation iPad would mean all of the apps optimized for those tablets will look stunning on the iPad mini as well. Sources also claim that Apple will be using Sharp’s IGZO technology in the second-generation iPad mini, which will allow the tablet’s display to be thinner and more power efficient while still maintaining excellent color and brightness. Reuters Shares of Apple slid almost 4 percent on Wednesday to a five-month low as investors grew more uncertain about its ability to fend off unprecedented competition and untangle a snarled iPhone 5 supply chain. Long a mainstay of many fund portfolios, Apple on Wednesday lost 20 percent – $130 billion of its market value – since hitting a record high in September. The Next Web The Apple Store app has been updated with two major new features. You can now ask Siri for item information and pricing, which marks the first shopping integration that the service has seen thus far outside of iTunes purchases in movie listings. There are also EasyPay options available in more countries with this release. PC Magazine Apple lost a FaceTime-related patent battle this week and must hand over $368.2 million to VirnetX Holding Corp. As reported by Bloomberg, Apple infringed on patents for virtual private networks with its FaceTime video chat service, a Texas court ruled this week.
Twitter’s Record-Breaking Night Killed the Fail Whale, No Thanks to Ruby (VentureBeat)
On election night, Twitter eclipsed many of its own records and even beat Facebook as the preferred medium to announce and spread news of Obama’s victory. So how is it that the once crash-prone service saw nary a fail whale amid last night’s social media frenzy? SocialTimes Nate Silver is a popular man now, after offering on The New York Times’ FiveThirtyEight blog what turned out to be far more accurate predictions for the election than many reputable polls. Social media is exploding with adulation for the geeky numbers cruncher. AllFacebook Now that the 2012 presidential election is in the record books, we can start to examine more closely the role that Facebook played in the first “social election” and how the winners and losers used the platform in the waning hours of the race. As of Wednesday morning, the Facebook CNN-Election Insights tool was reporting that mentions of President Barack Obama on Facebook in the United States were up 119 percent since Tuesday, while mentions of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney were up 51 percent. Lost Remote Never before in an election has the relationship between social media and television been more apparent. On television, as the results rolled in, tweets from politicians, analysts and celebrities found their way to the screen.
Tweetdeck Updated with Search Editing, Twitter Cards Support, Easier List Access and Keyboard Shortcuts (The Next Web)
Tweetdeck for Web, Chrome and PC has been updated with several nice new features. The primary among those is something that has been lacking for some time: keyboard shortcuts.
Facebook Testing Free Wi-Fi at Retailers (Los Angeles Times)
The social network is testing a project called Facebook Wi-Fi that provides free Internet access to customers who have a Facebook account and “check-in” at participating businesses. Businesses such as retail stores and coffee shops near Facebook’s California headquarters in Menlo Park are using a router provided free of charge to test out the Wi-Fi program, a Facebook spokeswoman told the Times.
Airbnb Partners With New York To Provide Free Housing For Sandy Victims (The Huffington Post)
New York City officials and Airbnb said Wednesday they had struck a partnership to help connect victims of Hurricane Sandy with free short-term housing. In a blog post, the San Francisco, Calif.-based startup said it would not recoup fees from the free listings in New York City offered by Good Samaritans in the wake of the superstorm.
New App Ups Pheed’s Challenge to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube (CNET)
Pheed is a celebrity-infused startup that — as CEO OD Kobo tells it — took the best parts of the most popular social networks and put them together in one platform. It’s a network that attracted about 1 million users in its first two weeks of existence, and the company is hoping to make those numbers stick with a new iPhone app, released on Wednesday.
Anthony Weiner Makes Twitter Comeback (Mashable)
Anthony Weiner, the politician whose social media screw-up led to his resignation from Congress, has made a return to Twitter Wednesday. The former congressman sent a tweet Wednesday morning simply linking to a YouTube clip of Hurricane Sandy damage in the Rockaways in New York.
Microsoft Office for iPhone, iPad and Android Revealed (The Verge)
The Verge has learned through several sources close to Microsoft’s plans that the company will release Office versions for Android and iOS in early 2013. Office Mobile will debut in the form of free apps that allow Android and iOS users to view Microsoft Office documents on the move.
How Mo Rocca Uses Twitter to Get Stories for CBS Sunday Morning (AllTwitter)
CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca gets a lot of latitude when it comes to picking his stories. In the latest Mediabistro interview, he tells how he used Twitter to pick and research a story.