Apple (AAPL) roundup: 1) In what appears to be an "acqui-hire," Apple has bought Particle, a Web app/marketing consulting startup. Particle has has done iAd-related work. 2) Going into Apple's Oct. 25 FQ4 report, the consensus for iPhone sales is around 26M-27M. 3) Janney now thinks Apple will sell 25.5M iPads in FQ1, including 6M iPad Minis. 4) Apple has received a patent for a wireless technology that appears to be an alternative to NFC, and multiple patents for improving camera image quality.