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Today's Tech: Samsung Note 2's startling popularity, Facebook's latest security scare and a potential Microsoft smartphone.

Apple today begrudgingly published a court-ordered apology in The Guardian, stating that Samsung did not copy its tablet designs. The piece is incredibly simple, written in monochrome with no logos to identify either firm. It also contains a lot of legal jargon. Unsurprisingly, it seems that Apple designed the apology so as to attract as little attention as possible. Yesterday, Apple was given 48 hours by a UK court to re-write an "inaccurate" statement on its website with regards to its design patent dispute with Samsung.

Apple's products have steadily grown more and more difficult to take apart, and the brand-new iPad appears to follow suit, according to a teardown conducted by the experts at iFixit. In more bad news for the Cupertino giant, they found the miniature tablet extremely difficult to disassemble, pointing in particular to Apple's use of lots of adhesive and tiny, carefully hidden screws to hold the device together. As a result, the iPad mini scored a bleak two out of 10 for repairability. Still, that's a step above the MacBook Pros released earlier this year, which were given a dismal one out of 10 for that metric.

To Apple's great rivals now, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has come out all guns blazing in its first month on the market. The Korean firm has already shipped a staggering 3 million units of the jumbo smartphone, as the device follows in the footsteps of the all-conquering Galaxy S3. The Note 2's early success goes some way in showing how Samsung's gamble on the large form-factor is paying off. The original Galaxy Note perturbed many reviewers, simply by virtue of its 5.3in display that was deemed impractically big for a mobile phone, but Samsung's bravely went even bigger with the 5.5in Note and consumers have responded emphatically, snapping up the handset in rampant fashion.

Elsewhere in the smartphone world, reports have appeared suggesting that software manufacturer Microsoft will be adding to its hardware portfolio. Unnamed sources have asserted that a Microsoft designed smartphone is currently making the rounds in Asia. The computing giant's component manufacturers have been testing out the product, though sources have indicated that the device might not, metaphorically, see the light of day, as Microsoft remains uncertain over the need to manufacture the product.

Finally, Facebook has had to address a security issue after it was highlighted to the public by a member of Hacker News. A link leading to a Google search page listing over 1.3 million Facebook accounts (and the corresponding email addresses) was posted online this morning and swiftly acted upon. When clicked, many of the links allowed individual accounts to be entered without the submission of a password. A Facebook software engineer has since announced that the links were URLs sent by Facebook via email to individual account holders, to highlight notifications and provide instant access to their accounts. The social network has temporarily disabled the feature and secured the breached accounts.