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9:50 AM ET, October 27, 2011


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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Flex it, baby!  Nokia's new interface is seriously twisted  —  The Nokia kinetic device scrolls through photos and music playlists when its edges are twisted.  —  LONDON—Multitouch revolutionized user interfaces, and if Nokia researchers get their way, a mobile device that's sensitive …
Thomas Ricker / This is my next:
Stephen Elop interview: US Lumia launch, Nokia tablet, and criticism of the Android experience  —  I had the chance to sit down with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop after the launch of its first series of Windows Phone products — the Lumia 800 and 710 — here at Nokia World 2011 in London.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft, Nokia to give 25,000 Windows Phones to committed developers
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Why no front-facing camera on first Windows Phones from Nokia?
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Sony Will Buy Out Ericsson's Stake In Sony-Ericsson Mobile For $1.47 Billion  —  Sony Corp. has just announced that it will pay $1.47 billion (or $1.05 billion Euros) for Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson 50% stake in the joint Sony-Ericsson mobile handset venture.  Based in Tokyo and Stockholm respectively …
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
What does Sony control of Sony Ericsson really mean?
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
iPad 3's dense display a challenge for manufacturers  —  Apple Retina Display.  —  The 10-inch-class screen on Apple's upcoming iPad 3 will be one of its most remarkable features.  But getting to the higher resolutions is a big step, according to a source who spoke to CNET.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple now has $81.5B in cash, 13.2M sq. ft. of facilities and 60K employees  —  Apple today filed its Form 10-K with the SEC that discloses information to stockholders and the commission.  In an amongst the normal legal statements there were a few interesting facts.
Discussion: Cult of Mac, CNET News and 9to5Mac, Thanks:speedmaster
Richard Orange / Telegraph:
Facebook to build server farm on edge of Arctic Circle  —  Facebook is to build a multi-million ‘mini town’ on the edge of the Arctic circle to house all its computer servers, which would us as much electricity as a town of 50,000 people.  —  Luleå is situated at the northern tip of the Baltic Sea …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Paid More Than $1.4B for 57 Acquisitions in 2011  —  Google acquired a whopping 57 companies of various assets through September, according to an SEC filing.  With three months left to go in the year, anyone want to guess what else is on the radar?  —  Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Close to Announcing Video ‘Channels’  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube is expected to announce as early as next week that it has signed a slew of partnerships with media companies and well-known personalities to produce original content for the popular video website, said people familiar with the matter.
Samsung gets fast-track appeal against Apple's Galaxy tablet ban  —  Korean firm seeks to overturn Australian injunction halting sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1 and files counterclaim against iPhone 4S  —  Samsung has won Australian court approval to fast-track its appeal against a ban on the sale …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Andreessen Horowitz Raising Huge New $900 Million Fund III  —  You can't accuse Andreessen Horowitz of spending money too slowly.  Their first fund, $300 million, was raised in 2009 and was promptly invested in companies like Skype and  In late 2010 they raised Fund II …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael Degusta / the understatement:
Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support  —  The announcement that Nexus One users won't be getting upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich led some to justifiably question Google's support of their devices.  I look at it a little differently: Nexus One owners are lucky.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Electronista and Telegraph, Thanks:ashishmohta
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Corning's new Lotus Glass promises higher-resolution displays, more  —  Corning, the developers of Gorilla Glass, announced the launch of a new display material named Lotus Glass for use with LCD and OLED screens today in a press release.  The company says Lotus Glass has more …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Google Declines To Remove Police Brutality Videos, Still Complies With 63% Of Gov't Takedown Requests  —  What happens when you're the de facto distribution platform for something like Occupy Wall St and other events that run afoul of the police?  Well, you end up getting …
Moira Herbst / Reuters:
RIM hit with consumer lawsuits over BlackBerry outage  —  (Reuters) - Consumers in the United States and Canada have sued Research in Motion for a days-long service outage on BlackBerry devices that rippled across the world earlier this month.  —  The system-wide failure of the service …
Chikodi Chima / VentureBeat:
Report: Netflix hogs 32 percent of peak Internet bandwidth  —  Netflix again leads the pack as North America's largest consumer of Internet bandwidth, creating 32 percent of peak downstream traffic, according to the 2011 Sandvine Internet Phenomena Report, which was released today.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple overtakes Nokia in China as iPhone brand, sales surge  —  Apple's smartphone brand has surged ahead of Nokia among Chinese buyers' preference for their next 3G handset, as more than a third express a preference for iPhone, twice that for Nokia's models.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
‘Codify’ Brings Touch Based Programming to iPad  —  iOS developers TwoLivesLeft have just released an interesting new app called Codify, which brings touch based programming to the iPad.  —  The app allows users to create their own programs using the Lua programming language by typing code directly on your iPad.
Mac Slocum / O'Reilly Radar:
“Revolution in the Valley,” revisited  —  It's one thing to look back on a project with the power of hindsight and recognize that project's impact.  It's quite another to realize a project will be profound as it's still playing out.  —  Andy Hertzfeld had that rare experience when he was working on the original Macintosh.
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.
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.
Groupon CEO says replacing 10 percent of sales staff  —  (Reuters) - Daily deals site Groupon is replacing the worst 10 percent of its sales staff as it pushes to win stronger deals from merchants and ensure it can keep growing, the company's chief executive told potential IPO investors on Wednesday.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Don't look now, but AWS might be a billion-dollar biz  —  Analysts and shareholders spent yesterday being up in arms over Amazon's missed earning targets — a shortsighted mindset that we've addressed before — but the cloud computing watchers might have noticed something very noteworthy in Amazon's quarterly statement.
Discussion: The Register
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