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Ben Rudolph / The Windows Blog:
First Look: AT&T's new HTC TITAN, Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash  —  Just a few minutes ago at the All Things D Asia conference, Windows Phone President Andy Lees gave the world its first look at AT&T's new lineup of new Windows Phones.  We talked speeds and feeds on the blog a few weeks ago …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft's Andy Lees: Nokia will announce ‘its Windows Phones’ at Nokia World  —  No surprise here, but you can officially mark Nokia World 2011 down as must-watch TV.  Andy Lees just confirmed here on stage at AsiaD that the London-based event, which kicks off on October 26th, will be the launchpad for Nokia's Windows Phones.
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Help Halve Phone Costs Next Year in ‘Volume’ Drive
Discussion: Ubergizmo and PhoneArena
Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
Andy Lees: Windows Phone to get NFC and ‘wider hardware choice’ next year
AT&T:
AT&T Activates One Million iPhone 4S'  —  Activations Surpass All Previous Launches; Customers Prefer AT&T Speed Advantage  —  AT&T today announced it activated more than 1 million iPhone 4S' as of Tuesday, making it the most successful iPhone launch in the company's history.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AT&T third quarter on target: iPhone, Android split improves  —  Summary: AT&T's diversification from its reliance on the iPhone appears to be improving.  —  AT&T's third quarter earnings were in line with estimates as the company activated 4.8 million smartphones almost evenly split between …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Android Chief Says Your Phone Should Not Be Your Assistant  —  Andy Rubin thinks there is a lot of potential for phones to be more useful companions, but says he is not interested in turning Android devices into personal assistants.  —  “I don't believe that your phone should be an assistant …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Yahoo's Jerry Yang: There Are Plenty of Options Beyond Sale  —  Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang said on Thursday that the company's board continues its strategic review process, but that there are a number of options beyond just selling the company.  —  “The intent going in is not to put ourselves for sale,” Yang said, speaking at AsiaD.
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Wall Street Journal:
Private-Equity Firms Circling Yahoo
Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Bidders balk at Yahoo's “no cross talk” provision: sources
Discussion: Electronista
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Google+ Guru Bradley Horowitz On Products, Platforms and that Pesky Memo  —  While Google has struggled mightily in its early efforts to “get the social thing,” it has managed to get more than a few people to try out its latest effort, Google+.  —  But the question of just how compelling …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Brin: “I'm Not A Social Person” But “Google+, I Instantly Found Compelling”
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Not Just Google: Siri Searches Bing And Yahoo Too  —  Earlier tonight Danny Sullivan discovered that Siri will also search Bing and Yahoo, though it searches Google by default.  If you say, “Search the web for . . .” or you ask Siri a question it can't answer it will search Google (the iPhone's default search engine).
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli®:
iPhone 4S Carries BOM of $188, IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis Reveals  —  On the outside, the iPhone 4S may have disappointed some with its perceived lack of new features.  But on the inside, the latest member of the iPhone line includes a wealth of innovation, including a new wireless module …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
ASUS' Jonney Shih unveils Transformer Prime Android tablet: 10-inch, 8.3mm, quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3  —  Whoa, Nelly!  ASUS head honcho Jonney Shih just revealed the “next-generation Transformer tablet” here at AsiaD!  It's the same one that we saw teased just yesterday …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Visual.ly Raises $2 Million To Make Even More Infographics  —  Visual.ly, the team built from the infographics team behind Mint's spectacular infographics, has raised $2 million in seed funding, led by Crosslink Capital, SoftTech and 500 Startups as well as angels Kapor Capital, Giza Ventures …
Discussion: VatorNews, VentureBeat and Pulse2
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Coupon Craze Continues With CouponCabin Raising $54 Million  —  Investors are seeing a smart shopping opportunity in the age-old practice of saving and redeeming coupons.  —  CouponCabin.com of Whiting, Ind., is the latest online coupon company to raise capital.  The company has raised $54 million in its first round of funding.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
The Multitasking Jack Dorsey on the Inspiration of Steve Jobs  —  Jack Dorsey says he takes a lot of inspiration for what he does from late Apple founder Steve Jobs.  —  When he designs products, whether at Twitter or Square, Dorsey said he aims to create products that disappear so you are just using them.
Loretta Chao / Digits:
Twitter Founder: Can't Compete in China … Say what you want about whether Twitter can compete in China.  Jack Dorsey, creator of the microblogging service, suggests that you can't make a call on a contender unless you give it a fighting chance.  —  “The unfortunate fact is …
Discussion: AllTwitter, AllThingsD and The Next Web
Laura Kusisto / Wall Street Journal:
Google Hits Space Bars  —  Ever since Google Inc. bought its New York City headquarters for $1.9 billion in 2010, the tech giant has been dealing with a new role: landlord.  —  Google has shown it's making a big economic bet on Manhattan by gobbling up more space within the building at 111 Eighth Ave. …
Discussion: @amir_efrati
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates: Exclusive bio excerpt in Fortune Monday  —  They were the best of frenemies for nearly 30 years.  Walter Isaacson has the inside story.  —  Click to enlarge.  Image: Time Inc.  —  The first excerpt from the year's most eagerly awaited — and carefully guarded …
Discussion: 9to5Mac and TUAW, Thanks:philiped
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Yun-Hee Kim / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Beats Apple in Smartphone Shipments  —  HONG KONG—Samsung Electronics Co. shipped more than 20 million smartphones in the quarter ended Sept. 30, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday, beating market leader Apple Inc. as well as Nokia Corp., the world's biggest cellphone maker by volume.
Mark Kleinman / Kleinman:
Exclusive: Kingdom Eyes Twitter Stake  —  The ultra-wealthy Saudi investor who owns stakes in Citigroup and News Corporation is examining a swoop on the internet industry that would involve acquiring hundreds of millions of dollars-worth of shares in Twitter, I have learned.
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Randi Zuckerberg, on Her Own Now  —  “WHO wants a tequila shot?”  Randi Zuckerberg shouted over the thump of “Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears's breakup anthem.  —  It was nearly midnight on a rainy Wednesday in September, and more than a dozen friends gathered by Ms. Zuckerberg …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung's Won-Pyo Hong: Galaxy Nexus wasn't designed just to skirt Apple patents  —  Well, so much for that.  Samsung's Executive Vice President of Product Strategy — Won-Pyo Hong — didn't say a whole heck of a lot on stage here at AsiaD, but he did clarify one thing near the end of his interview …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Venture Capitalists, Secondary Markets And How Everyone Is A Facebook “Investor”  —  Venture firms have been buying stock on secondary markets in quasi-public companies for some time.  This means they're buying stock from other stockholders, not investing money into the company.
 
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