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8:10 PM ET, October 26, 2011

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Sean Hollister / This is my next:
Nokia Lumia 800 announced: an ‘evolved’ N9 with Windows Phone for €420  —  It's all come down to this.  Nokia CEO Stephen Elop showed us his flagship Windows Phone over four months ago — a spitting image of our beloved Nokia N9 - and today we finally find out what's under the hood of the Sea Ray …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Why no front-facing camera on first Windows Phones from Nokia?  —  Summary: There are no front-facing cameras on Nokia's first two Windows Phone handsets.  Some users are asking why.  —  As I noted in a Nokia World blog post from earlier today, there are no front-facing cameras on the Lumia 800 or 710 Windows Phones.
Jack Dorsey / @jack:
Nokia: you make too many products. Focus on 3.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Nokia's first Windows Phones: What's there, what's not
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple ‘expected’ to release LTE 4G iPhone in 2012  —  Competition among 4G-capable long-term evolution smartphones is predicted to intensify in 2012, when industry insiders believe Apple will join the fray with its own LTE iPhone model.  —  In the U.S., most of the current 4G share …
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Reuters:
Sprint eyes new financing as iPhone swells costs  —  (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel said it would need $7 billion in new financing agreements over the next few years to cover a cash shortfall created by Apple Inc's iPhone and a network upgrade.  —  “If we want to maintain a cash balance as high …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Sprint cuts third quarter losses; iPhone 4s launch best in its history
Don Clark / Digits:
Steve Jobs Wanted Intel Chips for the iPad  —  Intel's stock price, and image, have suffered from the fact that its chips are not widely used in smartphones and tablet PCs.  But it turns out that the Silicon Valley giant had an inside track when it came to Apple's iconic iPad …
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Jeremy Stoppelman / Yelp Official Blog:
Case Dismissed.  (Again.)  —  The reason tens of millions of people use Yelp every month to help them find a great local business is because they trust Yelp's review content.  We work hard to keep that trust by protecting the integrity of our review content, and use a number of methods …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Coldplay latest act to freeze out streaming services (scoop)  —  Coldplay, one of the world's biggest music acts, has declined to offer songs from the company's new album “Mylo Xyloto,” to streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio and Rhapsody, multiple sources told CNET.
Discussion: The Next Web and VatorNews
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Arianna Huffington Loses Ruling In Fight Over HuffPo Ownership  —  Two politicos who sued Arianna Huffington and her partner for stealing their idea for the Huffington Post will get to go forward after a New York judge refused to throw out the lawsuit.  —  The tale of intrigue amidst …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Potential Yahoo CEO David Kenny Now Much More Available  —  Akamai president David Kenny has stepped down after a year on the job — and in the midst of Yahoo's CEO search, where his name has come up as a possible replacement for fired CEO Carol Bartz.  —  Kenny is also a Yahoo board member …
Discussion: Business Insider
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Why Amazon Is Happy to Burn Money on the Kindle Fire  —  Yet another big name Internet stock got punished for missing Wall Street's expectations yesterday.  This time it was Amazon, which reported lower operating margins for Q3, and presumably more worrisome, the possibility of an operating loss in Q4.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Mahalo Lays Off 25 Percent for Shift to Apps From Video  —  Mahalo, the often-pivoted company run by well-known entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, laid off a quarter of its staff earlier this month.  —  Mahalo President Jason Rapp downplayed the move in a phone interview with AllThingsD …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
First look: Apple's Cards offers quality & convenience at a low price  —  One completely unexpected announcement made by Apple at this month's iPhone 4S media event was Cards, a new application that lets iPhone users quickly and easily order a custom-printed greeting card.
Discussion: GigaOM
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Ship to Store goes live in San Francisco  —  .  —  Yesterday it was revealed that Apple would begin to offer a ship to store option on its online store and it appears that it has just gone online.  We heard it would be hitting San Francisco first: … As you can see from the screenshot above, it is now live.
Twitter Blog:
Twitter, TV and You  —  Twitter is transforming the way we watch TV.  Reading and writing Tweets has become the new water cooler, helping us connect in real-time around our favorite shows, competitions, and events.  On Twitter, you get closer to the characters and shows you love, as stars …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Motorola DROID RAZR available for pre-order from Verizon tomorrow for $299.99  —  Verizon Wireless on Wednesday reaffirmed that the Motorola DROID RAZR smartphone will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow, October 27th.  The hotly anticipated smartphone revives the famed RAZR line from Motorola …
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
REVEALED: Google Paid $151 Million For Zagat  —  Google paid $151 million in cash to acquire Zagat in September, according to the company's latest quarterly filing with the SEC.  —  That's higher than the $125 million reported by the Wall Street Journal and would make Zagat the company's ninth-largest acquisition ever.
Discussion: Reuters
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft + Mozilla = New Firefox, With Bing  —  Microsoft's search engine Bing today announced something it probably should have made available a long time ago: a new version of Firefox with Bing as the default search option in the search box and the Awesome Bar.
Electronista:
Google says Nexus One too old for Android 4.0  —  Once touted “Superphone” lacks horsepower  —  Google has revealed that while it will be giving a free upgrade for its Nexus S smartphones to Android 4.0, owners of its predecessor, the Nexus One, will go without.
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Google Maps rolls out business interiors in Street View  —  Google is taking its Street View feature indoors.  The company announced last May it would be taking interior shots of stores, but now it is moving out of its pilot phase with more 360 degree interiors cropping up online.
Discussion: LAUNCH and SiliconFilter
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Citrix claims it will make virtual desktops cheaper than real ones  —  Citrix is touting new technology to make the up-front cost of virtual desktops cheaper for businesses than physical desktops within six months, while ensuring that virtual desktop performance doesn't lag too far behind traditional PCs.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Billion-Dollar Patent Lawyer Hunting Facebook, Twitter  —  John Desmarais is famous in patent law circles for obtaining a $1.5 billion verdict against Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) in 2007 and, more recently, for being a subject in an NPR documentary about the harm caused by so-called patent trolls.
Discussion: IP Osgoode and TechCrunch
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
PROTECT IP Renamed E-PARASITES Act; Would Create The Great Firewall Of America  —  As was unfortunately expected, the House version of PROTECT IP has been released (embedded below) and it's ridiculously bad.  Despite promises from Rep. Goodlatte, there has been no serious effort to fix …
Discussion: Ars Technica and PC World
 
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Richard Orange / Telegraph:
Facebook to build server farm on edge of Arctic Circle
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Oracle v. Google trial date pushed off to 2012
Discussion: FOSS Patents and Electronista
Matt Hartley / Financial Post:
RIM facing class action suit over BlackBerry outage
Discussion: mocoNews, TechCrunch, BGR and Ubergizmo
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
No to YESS — Yahoo Employee Satisfaction Survey Shows Morale Morass
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
PBS to air Steve Jobs documentary Nov. 2
Discussion: AppleInsider, Reuters, PBS and 9to5Mac
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skype Brings Video APIs To SkypeKit For Desktop; Officially Launches App Directory
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Josh Sanburn / Moneyland:
Why Barnes & Noble is Selling Rugs
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Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard Said to Plan ARM-Based Servers in Challenge to Intel: Tech
Discussion: TG Daily, Inquirer, Electronista and TechEye
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Nextdoor launches to bring your real neighborhood online
Rick Falkvinge / Falkvinge on Infopolicy:
OMGWTF: Passwords of 93,000 Politicians, Reporters, Bloggers Leaked
Discussion: The Local and Naked Security
Kristina Dell / Time:
Entrepreneurs Who Go It Alone — By Choice
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Apple plans solar farm at data center site
 

 
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