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4:05 PM ET, November 1, 2010


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Apple takes the lead in the US smart phone market with a 26% share  —  In Q3 2010, the worldwide smart phone market grew an impressive 95% over the same quarter a year ago to 80.9 million shipped units.  Nokia retained its leadership position, albeit by a diminished margin, with a 33% share of the market.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Canalys: iPhone becomes most popular smartphone in the US, Android continues as most popular OS  —  The Canalys numbers are out, and with Android coming off an 886 percent jump reported at the end of the second quarter we were expecting something big.  So, here it is: Android …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
iPhone 5 Will Enable Ambitious Remote Computing Program - Source [Exclusive]  —  We've received a tip about an unexpected application for the NFC chip Apple is expected to build into the iPhone 5.  —  Near Field Communication (NFC) is a short-range wireless connection technology that would turn …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
NPD: Android Surging, BlackBerry Falling, Apple Flat  —  Here's a chart pretty much guaranteed to get teeth grinding in Cupertino - new data from NPD showing Android extending its lead as America's most popular mobile operating system.  —  The consumer research group says that Google's software …
The NPD Group: Android Extends its Smartphone Market Share in the Third Quarter of 2010  —  iPhone 4 was the top-selling mobile phone in the third quarter; RIM falls to third place among operating systems  —  Much of Android's quarterly share growth came at the expense of RIM, rather than Apple.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Sues The US Government For Only Considering Microsoft Solutions  —  Eric Goldman alerts us to the interesting bit of news that Google has sued the US government — specifically the Department of the Interior, for not seriously considering Google Apps when it put out a Request for Quotation (RFQ) to handle its messaging needs.
Matt Graves / Twitter Blog:
Promoted Tweets: Testing in the Timeline  —  When we launched Promoted Tweets in April, we outlined our plan for gradually rolling them out in all of the places people experience Twitter: first in search on, later in search through our partners, and eventually in the user timeline.
Dave Olson / HootSuite blog:
HootSuite Adds Promoted Tweets in Timelines From Twitter
Discussion: The Next Web
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
Use Hotmail features without changing your email address  —  If you've been reading this blog for the last few months, you've seen lots of new features added to Hotmail that make Hotmail more efficient, like Sweep or the ability to send up to 10GB of photos in one message.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone DST bug causing alarms to fail across Europe (updated)  —  An iPhone bug already seen when Australia switched between Daylight Savings Time and Standard Time a few weeks ago has now hit Europe.  Twitter is alight with reports of recurring iPhone alarms going off an hour later than usual.
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab review  —  The story of the Galaxy Tab has been quite a saga, to say the least.  In fact, it was actually back in May that we first heard rumblings of Samsung's plans to unleash a 7-inch Android tablet much like its Galaxy S phones, but it was only after months of painful teasing …
Dave / Master of 500 Hats:
How to Take Down Facebook — Hint: It Ain't Twitter.  (aka: An Open Letter to the Next Big Social Network)  —  I've held off writing this post for a long time, because I couldn't quite get my head around all the issues.  It wouldn't be accurate to say there's something “wrong” with Facebook …
Discussion: Signal to Noise and broadstuff, Thanks:davemcclure
Google Code Blog:
Introducing the Google APIs Console and our latest API updates  —  After a busy year of creating, curating, and re-organizing our APIs, we're pleased to share that: We're announcing the Google APIs console, a new tool to help you use our APIs in your applications and on your websites.
Discussion: The Next Web
Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
Why I quit Google to join Facebook: Lars Rasmussen  —  Lars Rasmussen, the Sydney-based co-founder of Google Maps has spoken publicly for the first time about why he quit his job and joined the growing band of high profile Googlers who have switched allegiances to Facebook.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google's Real Problem - GTD?
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Blekko's SEO Tools: What Information Do They Provide?  —  The new search engine Blekko just launched, and it's making SEO-related data that it has found during its crawling and indexing of the web available for all sites.  Just what does it include and how useful is it?  —  Accessing SEO Data
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Blekko, The “Slashtag” Search Engine, Goes Live
Bob Muglia / The Silverlight Blog:
PDC and Silverlight  —  [This blog post is from Bob Muglia, President of the Server and Tools Division at Microsoft]  —  Last week, we held our PDC conference on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash. We also streamed it online using Silverlight (with both live and on-demand sessions).
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Reddit head leaves Conde Nast for Hipmunk  —  Christopher Slowe, a five-year veteran of Reddit who has been in charge of the Conde Nast-owned social news site since the departure of its founders Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian last year, announced on Monday that he's leaving his post.
Discussion: SAI
Agence France Presse:
Amazon's 3G Kindle leaps ‘Great Firewall of China’  —  HONG KONG — Amazon's Kindle 3G e-reader is being snapped up on China's grey market as it has an extra special advantage for customers — it automatically leaps the so-called “Great Firewall” of state web censorship.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Did Apple pay big bucks in iAds settlement?  —  A trademark lawsuit filed against Apple by a Web advertising firm over the term “iAds” was quietly settled in July.  —  No one has disclosed exactly how the case was resolved but Apple now owns the “iAds” trademark, and last week …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Amazon Slashes AWS S3 Prices Up To 19%  —  Looks like Amazon has reduced the storage costs on its popular Amazon Web Services' “Simple Storage Service” (S3) yet again.  As of November 1st, S3 users in the US Standard, EU - Ireland, and APAC - Singapore regions will be paying up to 19% less in overall monthly storage charges.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Browser momentum: Chrome has it, IE doesn't  —  Chrome sliced away another half a percentage point of usage share from rival browsers in October 2010.  —  For browser watchers, October was a continuation of previous trends: Internet Explorer lost share to Chrome while Firefox and Opera idled and Safari edged upward.
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Intel Grants Rare Access to Start-Up  —  Chip Giant Will Manufacture Achronix's Semiconductors Using Most Advanced Production Process  —  Intel Corp. has agreed to make chips for a semiconductor start-up, the first time the Silicon Valley giant has given another company access to its most advanced production processes.
Wall Street Journal:
EBay Attempts to Clean Up the Clutter  —  Redesign This Week Uses Technological Overhaul to Organize Thousands of Listings  —  As eBay Inc. prepares for a critical holiday shopping season, the company this week plans to unveil new elements of an overhaul in how shoppers find and buy products on its Web site.
Discussion: Switched and AuctionBytes Blog
Jayne O'Donnell / USA Today:
EBay makes it easier for friends, relatives to chip in for gifts
Discussion: Go Rumors
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The Android UI Dilemma: Unify or Differentiate?
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