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Tech News: Apple Sells 3 Million Tablets in Three Days

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Plus, Netflix adopts a "poison pill" to prevent a potential Icahn takeover.

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This column highlights the most interesting and useful tech news from around the Web.

TechCrunch
Link: Apple Sells 3 Million iPad Minis and Fourth Generation iPads in Three Days
"Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has just announced that the iPad mini and fourth generation iPad, both of which debuted on October 23 in San Francisco, have just topped 3 million sales in three days.

"The smaller, lighter tablet had been rumored for years, yet its arrival was somewhat overshadowed by Hurricane Sandy devastating the North East. And the fourth gen iPad came as a bit of a surprise, though it was also rumored prior to launch."

VentureBeat
Link: Ballmer Expects Windows Phone Sales to 'Ramp Quickly' - Still Aiming for Third Place
"Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) chief executive Steve Ballmer is daring to dream when it comes to beleaguered Windows Phone sales.

"'We're still relatively small … I expect the volumes on Windows Phone to really ramp quickly,' Ballmer told the meeting at a Windows 8 launch event in Israel this morning, according to Reuters."

Bloomberg News
Link: Netflix Adopts Poison Pill to Stop Icahn From Buying More
"Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), the world's largest subscription video service, adopted a so-called poison pill to protect against a hostile takeover after billionaire investor Carl Icahn acquired an almost 10 percent stake in the company.

"The stockholder rights plan, approved unanimously by Netflix's board on Nov. 2, would be triggered if an 'activist shareholder' acquired 10 percent of the stock, or an institutional investor bought 20 percent, Jonathan Friedland, a company spokesman, said in an interview."

ReadWriteMobile
Link: Dear Android: It Is Now Perfectly Okay to Go Out and Do Donuts in the Parking Lot
"Android (NASDAQ:GOOG) now holds 75% share of the smartphone market, according to new numbers from IDC, while Apple in the most recent quarter had 15% share. That means Android is outselling Apple five to one. Last quarter Android was outselling Apple only (only!) four-to-one, when they had 68% and 17% share, respectively.

"You know what blows my mind? Despite these numbers, tech bloggers keep talking about Apple as a market leader and portraying Android as a plucky underdog that's trying to catch up."

Seeking Alpha
Link: Will Zynga Rise Despite Facebook's Disappointing Performance?
"Around this time last year, Internet IPOs were creating a great deal of buzz. While LinkedIn Corp. (NYSE:LNKD) had completed its IPO earlier, investors were waiting for daily deals site Groupon Inc. (NASDAQ:GRPN) and social gaming company Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ:ZNGA) to list their shares. Meanwhile, investors were speculating when social networking giant Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) would list its shares."

Ars Technica
Link: Is Facebook 'Broken on Purpose' to Sell Promoted Posts?
"In recent months, some Facebook page owners have noticed that their accounts are driving much less traffic to their websites than they used to. In some cases, Facebook click-throughs are down by as much as half, despite a huge growth in likes. Even worse, some brands noticed that this drop in traffic coincided with a new Facebook feature called "promoted posts" through which brands can pay cold hard cash to push their content out to more news feeds than they would normally reach-and the brands are not happy about it."
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