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2:30 PM ET, October 19, 2011

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Paul Miller / This is my next:
Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ official: release in November, SDK available today (updated with screenshots)  —  Alongside a new flagship handset (check out our hands-on with the Galaxy Nexus!), Google is announcing an all-new version of its Android OS.  Codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich …
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Google confirms Nexus S will get Ice Cream Sandwich — for real this time (Gingerbread devices, too)  —  Okay, so we've already seen Ice Cream Sandwich running on the Nexus S, but that was decidedly... unofficial.  We've just heard straight from Google's Gabe Cohen that the Nexus S will definitely be getting ICS.
Chris Hall / Pocket-lint:
Motorola RAZR Ice Cream Sandwich update coming early 2012  —  Motorola has revealed that the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Motorola RAZR will be pushed out OTA at the beginning of 2012.  —  The Motorola RAZR was announced on Tuesday at a New York event for the Verizon network in the US …
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
Exclusive: Matias Duarte on the philosophy of Android, and an in-depth look at Ice Cream Sandwich  —  I'm sitting in an anonymous, fluorescently-lit office on the Google campus where the Android team is situated, a surprisingly bare setting that seems to clash with the rest of the company's, multi-colored, neo-hippie aesthetic.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
HTC: We're reviewing Ice Cream Sandwich and determining our plans
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
A Quick Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Feature Rundown
Discussion: 9to5Google, GigaOM and This is my next
Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
Android Ice Cream Sandwich to feature ‘Face Unlock’
Discussion: Engadget
Lee Youkyung / Yonhap News Agency:
Galaxy Nexus designed to bypass Apple patents: Samsung mobile chief  —  The Galaxy Nexus smartphone, the first handset built using a new version of the Android system called “ice cream sandwich,” is designed to bypass potential legal attacks from Apple Inc., the mobile chief of Samsung Electronics Co. said.
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Vlad Savov / This is my next:
Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwich: pictures, video, and hands-on  —  Samsung may have been the one to launch and produce it, but the Galaxy Nexus is all about Google and its latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.  This 4.65-inch smartphone is loaded with a fundamentally new operating system …
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Galaxy Nexus versus the competition: by the numbers
Discussion: 9to5Google, Engadget and blog.chron.com
Mike Rundle / Flyosity:
Android's Touch Responsiveness Is Terrible
Discussion: This is my next
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Music Store - “With a Twist” - Coming Soon, Says Android Boss  —  Google worked for a long time to get a music store/service up and running with the blessing of the big music labels.  But last spring all of that broke down, so Google launched a cloud-based music locker on its own.
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Google Mobile Boss Andy Rubin on Apple, Microsoft and Tablets  —  At AllThingsD, we like to eat our dessert first.  —  That's why we're kicking off AsiaD with a little Ice Cream Sandwich.  Google mobile chief Andy Rubin is taking the stage with Walt Mossberg to talk about the future of Android …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple receives more than 1 million Steve Jobs tributes, creates new ‘Remembering Steve’ page  —  When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away, Apple immediately paid its own tribute to its talismanic leader by posting a memorial page on its website, also asking those that wanted to pay …
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Reuters:   Apple stores close, windows covered with sheets
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Microsoft's Ballmer Bashes Android, Google Apps, iPhone: Web 2.0 Summit  —  Table of Contents:  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer rocked the house here at the Web 2.0 Summit Oct. 18, bashing Google Apps, Android and yes, even Apple's hallowed iPhone.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) …
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Nokia 800 Windows Phone's Three Colors Revealed  —  Besides adopting much of its design language from the “boutique” N9, it now looks like the upcoming Nokia 800 Windows Phone 7 will also come in the same trio of colors as its Meego-powered linemate.  New imagery, which gives us the best look yet …
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
China is now Apple's second-most important market  —  China isn't just the place Apple manufactures products.  It's now the country that delivers the most revenue for the company after the U.S. Over the last year, Apple and its executives have emphasized China and its surrounding areas as an important part of its sales strategy.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's cash hoard grows to $81B with two-thirds of it offshore
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Google's Andy Rubin on Apple After Steve Jobs  —  What will become of Apple without Steve Jobs, its charismatic founder?  Might it lose its way or its edge following Jobs's death?  —  Google mobile kingpin Andy Rubin doesn't think so.  —  During a Wednesday evening interview at AsiaD …
Emily Boyd / Remember The Milk:
We taught Siri to add tasks to Remember The Milk  —  From the moment we tried Siri on our shiny new iPhone 4S, we knew we had to teach Siri to add tasks to Remember The Milk.  —  A few caffeine-fuelled days later, and we're super excited to announce that we've done just that!
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone 4S Coming to U.S. Regional Carrier C Spire Wireless  —  While Sprint made waves in becoming the third U.S. carrier to offer the iPhone with the launch of the iPhone 4S, it appears that Apple will be broadening distribution even further to include smaller carriers as well.
Alicia Eler / ReadWriteWeb:
LinkedIn Classmates Shows Your Entire Alumni Network  —  Today LinkedIn launched LinkedIn Classmates, a way to tap into the power of alumni networks without calling your school's alumni office.  This new tool gives you access to what your fellow alums are doing in their post-school lives …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The LinkedIn Blog
Aayush Arya / The Next Web:
Apple sneaks in GLONASS location support on iPhone 4S  —  According to the official tech specs page for the iPhone 4S, Apple has added support for GLONASS in addition to GPS on its latest gadget, thus giving it the “more definitive GPS features” that we mentioned before the phone was announced.
The Korea Herald:
Samsung heir, Apple chief discuss long-term parts cooperation  —  As Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. wage legal battles across the world, two of their top executives have met to discuss long-term parts cooperation and maintaining existing partnerships.
Dan Auerbach / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Gets Straight Privacy Answers From Amazon About New “Silk” Tablet Browser  —  EFF Gets Straight Privacy Answers From Amazon About New “Silk” Tablet Browser  —  Amazon recently announced that the new Kindle Fire tablet will ship with a brand new browser called Silk.
Yosem / Diaspora*:
How Diaspora* Found Its Tiger Stripe in the Midst of a Paypal Fiasco  —  We want to update you on the whole PayPal fiasco.  We have good news and bad news, but after the day we've all had, why don't we start with the good news?  —  So the good news is... actually, the GREAT news …
Discussion: The Next Web
Aaron Lee / DigiTimes:
Foxconn reportedly lands orders for next generation Kindle Fire, say Taiwan makers  —  Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) reportedly has secured orders from Amazon for assembling second-generation Kindle Fire tablet PCs, with shipments to begin in the first half of 2012, according to Taiwan-based makers.
Phil Mui / Google Analytics Blog:
Introducing Flow Visualization: visualizing visitor flow  —  Many of you have shared with us difficulties you've experienced when using traditional path analysis tools.  For instance, many of these tools don't sensibly group related visitor paths and pages, and segmentation analysis can be difficult.
Discussion: VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Activates iTunes Match Setting in iOS 5, Suggesting Imminent Launch  —  While Apple launched iOS 5 and iCloud last week, the company pushed back the debut of its paid iTunes Match service in the United States until the “end of October”.  While iTunes Match had been in beta testing …
Discussion: iDownloadBlog.com and App Advice
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Amazon signs licensing deal with PBS to boost catalog to 12,000 Instant Video titles  —  Amazon has today announced another licensing agreement with US television network PBS, seeing its current and archived programming made available to Amazon Prime subscribers to stream via the company's Instant Video service.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
VMware and Verizon team up for mobile virtualization  —  Stephen Herrod - CTO, VMware at Mobilize 2011  —  VMware has signed deals with Verizon and Telefonica to offer its mobile virtualization products on phones provided by the operators.  The net result of this deal is that employees …
 
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft idea: Search the Internet like a celebrity
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