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Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 11/08/2011

Today in Tech: iPhone 4S gets a nod; Panasonic plans Toughpad tablets; a security flaw in Apple’s App Store

Consumer Reports recommends the iPhone 4S: Consumer Reports released its rating for the iPhone 4S Tuesday, recommending Apple’s latest smartphone after finding no problems with its antenna or battery life.

Consumer Reports named the phone a good buy but still said that it still doesn’t beat the best Android phones. The phone scored worse than several top Android phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Motorola Droid Bionic, because of its smaller screen and lack of 4G support. The iPhone 4S does run on AT&T’s HSPA+ network, which the carrier classifies as 4G.

Panasonic introduces the Toughpad:Plenty of people treat their favorite tech gadgets with kid gloves, but just in case you’re the kind of person who has to give your tech a little abuse, Panasonic announced Tuesday that it is expanding its Toughbook line into the tablet market. Panasonic will first introduce a 10-inch Toughpad, with a seven-inch model to follow later. Both are aimed at the business market. Panasonic will begin selling the tablet in 2012; the 10-inch model will cost $1,299.

Apple security flaw found in App Store: Apple has taken a much different approach to its App Store than rival Google, insisting on approving all applications to ensure security and consistency. But a security researcher told Reuters that he has found an exploitable flaw that could allow malicious users to “take data, send text messages or destroy information” from iPhones and iPads. Charlie Miller, a researcher working with Accuvant Labs, made a test app exploiting the flaw, and his program was approved by Apple’s App Store. He then posted a video showing his proof-of-concept app on YouTube. Miller will present his research on the bug at the SyScan conference in Taiwan next week, Forbes reported.

Google to Facebook: Keep underestimating us: Keeping it (mostly) civil, Bradley Horowitz, Google’s vice president for product on Google+, told Bloomberg that he’s “delighted to be underestimated” by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. He said that Google’s social network is not like Facebook or Twitter but is looking to “transform the Google experience. ”

“Today [users] come back to us in a largely unidentified state,” he said. “The way that we think about Google+ is changing this mode of interaction so that we get to know our users deeply . . . and then reflect that back as value to them.”

Best Buy joins in on ‘Black Midnight’: Best Buy chief executive Brian Dunn didn’t want to do it, but he had to. Caving to pressure from competitors, Best Buy will join the crowd and open its stores at midnight on Black Friday to accommodate eager deal hunters. The Wall Street Journal reported that it was a very difficult decision for Dunn to make.

Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL in ad deal: Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL have teamed up in a fight against Google for ad revenue, entering into a long-expected agreement to sell one another’s ads. The companies announced the partnership Tuesday, saying that they will sell ads that don’t normally appear in the most prominent locations and normally go to other ad networks to be sold.

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