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SocialTimes’ Six-App Guide for Getting a Date on Valentine’s Day (SocialTimes)
Hello, there. Are you alone, crying, and eating chocolate by the brick? Don’t worry. All you need to get a date this Valentine’s Day is your Facebook page and a smartphone. Here are six apps that can help you vet, find, and plan your perfect date (or at least have fun trying).

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Apple To Sell Latest iPad, iPad Mini & iPhone 5 in China

Apple announced that it will begin selling iPhone 5s, fourth generation iPads and iPad Minis display in China. The company will be selling the iPads beginning on Friday December 7th, and the iPhone 5s on Friday, December 14th. The devices will be available online and in Apple stores, as well as through authorized resellers in China.

These devices are already available in 47 countries around the globe, including the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the U.K.

The iPad Mini is a 7.9-inch tablet with a 1,024 x 768 resolution screen that sells for $329.  The fourth generation iPad is a 10-inch tablet with a retina display and an A6 chip. It retails for $499. The iPhone 5 is the lightest iPhone to date. It features a 4-inch retina display and is powered with an A6 chip.

5 Best Tablets To Give This Holiday Season

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It’s been a busy year for tablet makers. To help you navigate through all of the choices that are available for sale this holiday season, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 tablets that are available this year. Each entry includes the name of the device, the price and some details that summarize the tablet’s features.

1. iPad 4/iPad Mini, $499 16GB/$329 16GB: Apple is back this year with two new choices in iPad — the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini. The iPad 4 has a 9.7-inch LED backlit screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. It has two high-def cameras for shooting images and videos (720/1080) and for using Facetime. It runs a dual core A6X chip. The iPad Mini is Apple’s 7.9-inch tablet that runs Apple’s dual-core A5 chip. It comes with a 1024-by-768 resolution screen, two cameras and comes with a lightning to USB cable. Both sell apps through the App Store.

2. Kindle Fire HD (7-inch 16GB $199/8.9-inch 32GB $499): The latest 7-inch Kindle tablet comes with a 1280×800 HD display with an anti-glare filter, a 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor, as well as Dolby speakers, and a camera for shooting photos, videos and using Skype. The 8.9-inch version has a 1920×1200 HD display and a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor. These Android devices can access apps through Amazon’s App Store. Read more

Apple Sells 3 Million iPads in 3 Days

Apple released their two latest tablets last Friday and it looks like the sales over the launch weekend didn’t live up to Apple’s past record. They’ve just announced that they sold three million iPad 4s and iPad Minis in the past three days.

While you might be impressed by the word million, it’s really not all that amazing. In comparison, Apple sold 5 million iPhones 5 in the first weekend. Back in March, Apple sold three million iPads 3 in the first three days after it was launched.

To put it in perspective, this past weekend Apple needed two tablets to match the sales quantity they achieved with  a single tablet back in March sold as many iPads Mini and iPads4 as they sold iPad 3 (Wifi and LTE models combined) in March. These sales figures might still be higher than most any Android tablet but they only equal do not match Apple’s past successes; they do not exceed it.

It would seem to me that the bloom has gone off the rose, or perhaps the apple has developed a blemish.

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Bulgarian Blogger Buys Data for 1.1 Million Facebook Users for $5 (VentureBeat)
A Bulgarian digital rights activist is the proud owner of your Facebook name, username and email address. Bogomil Shopov bought this information for 1.1 million Facebook users for $5. The Huffington Post According to a cached version of the for-sale page on Gigbucks, the information was harvested mostly from English-speaking Facebook users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe. A long list of satisfied customers near the bottom of the page bears witness to the information’s accuracy. ReadWrite Shopov said he had been contacted by Facebook’s Platform Policy Team after revealing on his blog that he had acquired the list. He said officials with the social network were upset because they feared his public revelation would upend an internal investigation. NBCNews.com After getting wind of the transaction, Facebook said it would investigate how the data entries were obtained. “We have dedicated security engineers and teams that look into and take aggressive action on reports like those raised here,” a Facebook statement read. The Wall Street Journal A man who claimed he owned a major stake in Facebook was arrested on Friday and charged in what federal prosecutors described was a multibillion dollar scheme to defraud the social network site and its founder Mark Zuckerberg. Paul Ceglia allegedly “doctored, fabricated and destroyed evidence” to support his false claim that he was promised a 50 percent share in Facebook by Zuckerberg, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in Manhattan, New York City, federal court on Friday. AllFacebook Earlier this year, a 101-year-old woman from Menlo Park, Calif. (in Facebook’s neighborhood) was crowned the oldest user on the social network. However, according to ABC News, a 105-year-old woman from New Mexico is the rightful owner of the title. Read more

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Facebook Shares Nab Biggest Gain Since IPO on Earnings, Analyst Upgrades (The Wall Street Journal)
Facebook on Wednesday posted its biggest daily stock gain since its initial public offering in May, a day after reporting strong revenue and progress on making money from mobile ads. The social network’s shares rose 19 percent to $23.23 on the Nasdaq Stock Market, its highest closing price in five weeks. Inside Facebook Facebook spent $87 million so far this year on business acquisitions not including its Instagram purchase, the company revealed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday. The social network spent $521 million on Instagram — $300 million of which was in cash, the rest in vested shares of Class B common stock. The New York Times/Bits Blog Facebook still trails Google in online advertising, both on desktop and mobile. Analysts say that like Google, Facebook will most likely have to roll out an ad network that allows marketers to reach Facebook users wherever they are — whether they are browsing the Web or downloading a mobile application. Mashable We’re closer to seeing a widespread updated version of Facebook Messages. On Wednesday, Facebook user Interactive Swim posted a picture of the welcome note for the updated Messages which recently hit its page, indicating that the feature may be starting to roll out to additional users. Reuters U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday a Facebook post in which an Islamic militant group claimed credit for a recent attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, did not constitute hard evidence of who was responsible. Read more

Apple Releases First iPad Mini Commercial

The launch of the iPad Mini yesterday marked the beginning of both speculation about Apple next product (I’m thinking the iPad Maxi with a 13″ screen) as well as new commercials. Apple commercials are usually clever and/or funny, and the first one iPad Mini is no exception.


I’m sure you recognize the song played in the commercial. It’s called “Heart and Soul”, and I’m sure you’ve seen it played before by 2 people. That makes it the perfect song to introduce the second, smaller iPad Mini, don’t you think?

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iPad MiniNew iPad Mini Means More Screens in Front of TVs (Lost Remote)
To date, 100 million iPads have been sold in just over two years, accounting for 91 percent of all tablet Web traffic, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook in his presentation on Tuesday. And now Apple has taken the wraps off a 7.9-inch iPad Mini and a new slate of fourth generation iPads, which means more screens in more places. USA Today The iPad Mini will be priced at $329, and the new screen has resolution of 1024 x 768. But it doesn’t sport the sterling retina display that’s on the latest generations of its larger sibling. AP Customers can begin ordering the new model on Friday. Apple’s late founder Steve Jobs once ridiculed a small tablet from a competitor as a “tweener” that was too big and too small to compete with either smartphones or tablets. AllThingsD Before revealing its much-anticipated tablet, the company showed off a 13-inch Macbook Pro with a Retina display, refreshed Mac mini and next-generation iMac. The new iMac is the thinnest desktop computer Apple has made to date, measuring just 5 mm at the edges — 80 percent thinner than the previous model, if you’re counting. Macworld Cook presented the updated iBooks Author as part of an “iPad in education” segment during the introduction of the latest versions of Apple’s tablet. New in iBooks Author are new templates and portrait-only iBooks. Read more

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Twitter logoTwitter Interest Drops Off for Final Presidential Debate (CNET)
During Monday’s showdown between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Twitter users sent 6.5 million tweets regarding the debate during the debate, the micro-blogging site said. That comes in well behind the 10.3 million tweets sent during the first presidential debate on Oct. 3 but close on the heels of the 7.2 million tweets sent during the Oct. 16 debate. Reuters Obama’s “horses and bayonets” comments provided the latest debate-related phrase to become popular on social media. The hashtag “horsesandbayonets” trended on Twitter, where the mock username @horsesandbayonettes was quickly born. Twitter Blog Twitter added several new sections to election.twitter.com on Monday. While the daily Twitter Political Index tracks the sentiment of tweets, Twitter’s enhanced dashboard shows the topics that are driving discussion, such as the economy, healthcare and immigration. Mashable With the serious topic of foreign policy on the agenda and no audience, the GIF opportunities might have seemed limited. Luckily, Tumblr and the rest of the Interwebz tapped into their finest GIFing talents to offer an animated summary of the evening’s political smack-down. SocialTimes Over the weekend, “Kids React To Election 2012″ hit YouTube. The video features 13 kids, aged 6 to 13, discussing everything from attack ads to the Electoral College, Obamacare and the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Read more