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6:05 PM ET, November 1, 2010

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Canalys:
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.
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Canalys: iPhone becomes most popular smartphone in the US …
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 …
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PRWeb:
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 Twitter.com, later in search through our partners, and eventually in the user timeline.
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Dave Olson / HootSuite blog:
HootSuite Adds Promoted Tweets in Timelines From Twitter
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Sorry, Blekko Is Doomed  —  A new search-engine called Blekko just launched.  It's the latest in a long line of companies to try to leapfrog Google by providing “better” search results.  —  Specifically, in Blekko's case, the company is using human input into algorithmic results to screen …
Discussion: Googling Google Blog
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Blekko, The “Slashtag” Search Engine, Goes Live
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Blekko's SEO Tools: What Information Do They Provide?
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.
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Apple, Google Are Sniffing Around Mobile Payments Startup BOKU  —  Both Apple and Google are engaged in conversations with mobile payments startup BOKU about a potential acquisition or a wide-reaching partnership at the very least, we've heard from people familiar with the talks, which are ongoing.
Discussion: Internet2Go
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Target to Carry iPhone Beginning November 7th  —  Retail store chain Target today announced that it will begin carrying the iPhone as of November 7th in its 846 stores that offer Target Mobile centers.  Target will carry both the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS, and will offer quick, on-the-spot activation.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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).
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: Computerworld and The Next Web
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Fortinet: We're not in talks with IBM  —  Fortinet said Monday that it isn't in acquisition talks with IBM and is “focused on building a strong independent company.”  —  The statement came after a Bloomberg report, which we blogged earlier, stated that Fortinet was in talks with IBM.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Investigating Issue With Monster Headphones [Updated]  —  Apple is reportedly investigating an issue with a number of Monster-branded headphones designed to use Apple's Remote and Mic technology.  According to photo screenshots of an internal Apple service bulletin …
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.
Katherine Noyes / PC World:
88 High-Risk Defects Found in Android Kernel  —  This is the story of a cloud and its silver lining.  —  First, the cloud: Numerous programming flaws in the Android kernel include 88 high-risk defects that could leave users' sensitive information exposed, analysis firm Coverity announced today.
Discussion: internetnews.com
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.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Inside the Google Books Algorithm  —  Google is famous for the brilliance of its algorithm for searching web pages.  While the company looks at dozens of factors in determining which results to display, the heart of the search engine is using links between pages to rank their relevancy.
Discussion: The Next Web
 
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Cade Metz / The Register:
First official HTML5 tests topped by...Microsoft
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Showing Related Brands, Stores & Types In Results
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
comScore: Q3 E-Commerce Spending Up 9 Percent To $32 Billion
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Google Online Security Blog:
Rewarding web application security research
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Brings Products, Recommendations And More To Company Pages
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
ViewSonic ViewPad 7 and 10 officially comin' to America
Ben Hookway / VisionMobile :: blog:
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Emily B. Hager / New York Times:
IPad Opens World to a Disabled Boy
Discussion: Gizmodo