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5:50 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.
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Clearwire Soars; Sprint Discloses Tentative Deal On LTE  —  Clearwire shares are skyrocketing this morning after Sprint CEO Dan Hesse disclosed a tentative deal between the two companies that appears to show a strengthened relationship between the two companies.
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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 …
Discussion: CNET News and Techland
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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.
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Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:   Amazon's Apple War Costs Investors $20B
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 …
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.
Dianne Straley / The Charlotte Observer:
Apple plans solar farm at data center site  —  MAIDEN Apple has quietly begun work on a solar farm that apparently could help power its sprawling data center in southern Catawba County.  —  Permits issued by Catawba County show that the Cupertino, Calif., company has been approved to reshape …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Oracle v. Google trial date pushed off to 2012  —  Summary: Google and Oracle are now free to do as they please on Halloween.  —  Although the two were supposed to kick off their anticipated trial on Halloween, Oracle and Google will have to wait for proceedings to really begin until 2012.
Discussion: FOSS Patents
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: GigaOM and InfoWorld
Josh Sanburn / Moneyland:
Why Barnes & Noble is Selling Rugs  —  One of the many rugs now for sale on bookseller Barnes & Noble's website.  —  Last week, Barnes & Noble started selling items like rugs and cooking utensils on its website.  “If shoppers are buying cookbooks from bn.com, it's natural to offer …
Discussion: Business Insider
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Nextdoor launches to bring your real neighborhood online  —  How well do you know your neighbors?  If you're like most people these days, probably not very well.  A recent study from Pew Research indicates that more than half of all Americans today know only some of their neighbors by name …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
No to YESS — Yahoo Employee Satisfaction Survey Shows Morale Morass  —  It should probably come as no surprise to the board and top managers of Yahoo that the just-released annual poll of its workers — called the Yahoo Employee Satisfaction Survey — paints a picture of a deeply demoralized workplace.
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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Anti-Facebook Social Network “Unthink” Launches To Public  —  Scrappy outsider startup Unthink.com, which bills itself as the “anti-Facebook,” is opening up its doors today, allowing in its first round of beta testers.  The Tampa-based company with $2.5 million in funding from DouglasBay Capital sees itself …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
PBS to air Steve Jobs documentary Nov. 2  —  Jobs at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2007.  —  PBS next week will air a one-hour special on the life and career of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that features interviews and footage with Jobs, along with anecdotes from those who knew him.
Discussion: AppleInsider, Reuters, PBS and 9to5Mac
 
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Matt Hartley / Financial Post:
RIM facing class action suit over BlackBerry outage
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Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Google Maps rolls out business interiors in Street View
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Private Stock Transactions Up 73 Percent This Year On SecondMarket
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skype Brings Video APIs To SkypeKit For Desktop; Officially Launches App Directory
Reuters:
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John Cook / GeekWire:
Have it your way on Cheezburger with new personalized Web pages
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Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard Said to Plan ARM-Based Servers in Challenge to Intel: Tech
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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Steve Ballmer Staged An Emotional Event With Bill Gates To Keep Employees Happy, Says Book
Rick Falkvinge / Falkvinge on Infopolicy:
OMGWTF: Passwords of 93,000 Politicians, Reporters, Bloggers Leaked
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