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2:05 PM ET, October 5, 2010

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Nielsen Wire:
Android Most Popular Operating System in U.S. Among Recent Smartphone Buyers  —  According to August data from The Nielsen Company, Android is now the most popular operating system among people who bought a smartphone in the past six months, while Blackberry RIM and Apple iOS …
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Nielsen: Android Surges to No. 1 in Recent Sales  —  Nielsen is adding its voice to the chorus of research firms confirming the ascension of Android.  Nielsen said among recent acquirers of smartphones in the last six months through August, Android was the top platform in the U.S. with 32 percent …
Peter Parkes / The Big Blog:
Skype now available for Android phones  —  You've been asking us for it - and now it's here.  Skype is now available on a wide range of Android phones, so you can save money and stay in touch when you're out and about.  Visit skype.com/m on your phone to download, or read on to find out what's inside.
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Rachel King / The Toybox Blog:
Skype for Android arrives; U.S. only gets Wi-Fi while the world gets 3G calling
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Asks Court to Toss Oracle's Android Lawsuit  —  Silicon Valley's latest Goliath versus Goliath battle is officially on.  —  Google today responded to Oracle's claims that its Android OS infringes copyrights and patents related to Java, which Oracle acquired as part of its purchase of Sun Microsystems earlier this year.
John Melloy / Fast Money:
iPad Adoption Rate Fastest Ever, Passing DVD Player  —  Apple's iPad sold three million units in the first 80 days after its April release and its current sales rate is about 4.5 million units per quarter, according to Bernstein Research.  This sales rate is blowing past the one million units …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
How many iPads has Apple really sold?  —  A preview of what analysts expect from the company's fourth quarter earnings report  —  Sources: Company reports and the consensus estimate for Q4  —  Bernstein Research retail analyst Colin McGranahan created a bit of a stir Monday …
Discussion: MacStories
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Jason Calacanis: Revenge is a new editorial project to rival TechCrunch  —  Jason Calacanis is angry.  You can tell he's angry partly because he talks even faster than normal, but also because he's (still) spitting feathers about TechCrunch founder (and now AOL, employee) Mike Arrington.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Microsoft CEO says will see Windows slates by Christmas  —  (Reuters) - A Microsoft slate to counter Apple's popular iPad tablet computer will be seen by the Christmas holiday, Microsoft's Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Tuesday.  —  Ballmer did not say whether the palm-sized slates …
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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple's Data Needs Mean $1.7 Million, Jacuzzi for Carolina Pair  —  Apple Inc. needed land owned by Donnie and Kathy Fulbright for a $1 billion data center in rural North Carolina.  The couple showed no interest in moving out of their home of 34 years in the town of Maiden.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's MeeGo device chief quits  —  The VP in charge of Nokia's MeeGo Devices has resigned.  Ari Jaaksi confirmed to Finland's Talous Sanomat that he resigned last week.  According to a Nokia spokesman his departure does not affect MeeGo's rollout schedule which had called for a first device to be delivered before the end of 2010.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
2 E-Books Cost More Than Amazon Hardcovers  —  Readers of e-books may not be able to turn paper pages, lend their copies to friends or file them away on living room bookshelves.  But they do have the comfort of knowing that they paid less for them than for hardcovers.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Aiming to Learn as We Do, a Machine Teaches Itself  —  Give a computer a task that can be crisply defined — win at chess, predict the weather — and the machine bests humans nearly every time.  Yet when problems are nuanced or ambiguous, or require combining varied sources of information, computers are no match for human intelligence.
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Will Launch A Groupon Clone  —  AOL plans to launch a Groupon clone called “Wow!”  —  Groupon is the service that sends its users a coupon in an email everyday.  The coupon doesn't work until enough email recipients agree to use it.  —  Here's how AOL describes the service on a placeholder page:
DigiTimes:
Sintek denies sampling projected capacitive touch panels for iMac, says spokesman  —  Barry Wu, VP and spokesperson of Sintek Photronics has denied reports that the company is sampling projected capacitive touch panels for Apple's iMac.  —  An October 1, 2010 report cited industry sources saying Sintek …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Exclusive: First Photo of Jungle, Panasonic's Portable Online Gaming System  —  This is Jungle.  It's the first portable gaming console designed exclusively for online gaming and MMORPGs.  And it's from the company who gave us the 3DO nearly 20 years ago.  —  Sure, the PSP and Nintendo DS …
Julio Ojeda-Zapata / Your Tech Weblog:
Microsoft to do direct battle with Apple at Mall of America  —  A Microsoft retail store is coming to the Mall of America and — get this — it's directly across from one of Apple's famed retail stores.  —  Microsoft is a notorious imitator of all things Apple, and it's doing it again …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Applications Install Just Fine on Apple TV  —  iPhone developer Steven Troughton-Smith has found out that you can easily install applications into the Apple TV.  However, don't expect them to run your favoritest game on it just yet.  You will need a launcher for that.
Jeremy Sikora / TiPb:
Netflix app for iPhone updated to include video out  —  The Netflix app for iPhone received a nice little update last night that includes video out support.  Yes, this means you are now able to use your iPhone 4 or iPod touch 4 to send any streaming video content available on Netflix directly to your TV.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple TV Parts May Cost Less Than $64  —  CEO Steve Job's redesigned “hobby” device is 80 percent smaller and much more profitable to sell, says iSuppli, noting the Samsung A4 chip that also appears in the iPad and iPhone 4  —  The components in the latest version of Apple's (AAPL) …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pay Now, Read Later: Instapaper Starts Testing Subscriptions  —  There are few services I use more on a daily basis than Instapaper.  The super-simple bookmarking tool has been my go-to way to come back to articles to read later for a few years now.  And with brilliant iPhone and iPad apps, Instapaper has only gotten better with time.
Discussion: Fast Company and Download Squad, Thanks:rawmeet
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
GetJar to give mobile games away to millions of users for free  —  Mobile app store operator GetJar plans to shake up the mobile game industry by giving away millions of copies of mobile games for free.  That's going to make it tough on companies that are trying to sell high-quality mobile games …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and mocoNews
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Fring is now on Android.  FringOut takes on Skype at $.01 per minute.  —  You might remember a few months ago when Fring and Skype got into a heated battle of sorts.  Fring, an application that allows for voice and video calling from your iPhone, had enabled people to make video calls using Skype's system.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Holding Special Event This Wednesday  —  It's been a big couple of months for Facebook — the site launched its Places feature in August, had a major gaming-focused event two weeks ago, and recently revamped its photos feature to allow for high-resolution uploads (which is a big deal).
Kara Swisher / All Things Digital:
Zynga Makes Another Acquisition-Dallas' Bonfire Studios [BoomTown]  —  Zynga announced another small acquisition today, as it continues to vacuum up small independent online game developers across the U.S. and internationally.  —  This time it's Dallas-based Bonfire Studios …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
James Hookway / Wall Street Journal:
In Vietnam, State ‘Friends’ You  —  HANOI—The Internet poses a challenge for authoritarian regimes around the world.  But Vietnam's leaders think they have figured out a new way to tame it—by launching their own, Communist-friendly answer to popular social-networking sites like Facebook.
Discussion: Switched and GamePolitics News
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AppNexus Raises A Meaty $50 Million Series C For Realtime Ad Bidding Platform
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Marketers and Social Media: Cutting Through the Noise
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Opera gets into the ad business with its Open Mobile Ad Exchange
Discussion: CNET News and Opera Press Room
Michael M. Grynbaum / City Room:
Phone Carriers Sign On to Bring Service to Subways
Gabriella Coleman / The Atlantic Online:
The Anthropology of Hackers  —  Editor's Note: Pasty kids …
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Hulu CEO to Big Media: Serve Consumers or Lose Them
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Electronista:
ThinkPad gets NVIDIA Optimus video, hits 60m sold
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Rachel King / The Toybox Blog:
Kylo TV web browser revamped with improved search, integration …
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade, kylo.tv and SlashGear
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Foursquare Is Back!
Discussion: The Conversation and TechCrunch
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Yelp and CityGrid demonstrate the meaning of “coopetition”
Discussion: Screenwerk and Local SEO Guide
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Virgin Mobile rolls out Android-based Samsung Intercept: $249 prepaid
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Evan Williams And Dick Costolo: New Twitter Triggered CEO Change
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