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October 31, 2013, 5:25 PM

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The Official Google Blog:
Android for all and the new Nexus 5  —  Just in time for Halloween, we have two new treats for Android fans.  First, we're excited to unwrap our latest platform release, KitKat, which delivers a smarter, more immersive Android experience to even more people.  And second, we're introducing Nexus 5—a new Nexus phone developed with LG.
TechCrunch:
Android 4.4 KitKat Targets Google's Next Billion Users, Adds Pervasive Search & Improves Google Now  —  Today Google announced details of its long-awaited Android 4.4 KitKat operating system for the first time, going beyond just the candy bar branding.  KitKat is designed around three major tentpoles …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Nexus 5 available on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile but not on Verizon, to sell in carrier stores too  —  With Nexus 5, Google finally gets flagship phone treatment  —  The Nexus franchise is finally getting a little respect.  —  Google on Thursday pulled the wraps off its latest marquee smartphone …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google's Nexus 5 with KitKat available today, starting at $349: hands-on impressions  —  Google's Nexus program has a simple goal: make the best, purest, most perfect Android phone.  And, beginning with last year's Nexus 4, Google did all that at a remarkable price, charging with no strings attached …
Michael Winter / USA Today:
Coast Guard visits mysterious ‘Google barge’  —  Agency mum on trip and San Francisco vessel's purpose, citing “commercial confidentiality.”  —The Coast Guard on Wednesday visited the mysterious “Google barge” floating in San Francisco Bay, but the agency would not reveal anything about the tech giant's hush-hush vessel.
Bloomberg:
AT&T Is Said to Explore Vodafone Takeover as Soon as Next Year  —  AT&T Inc. executives are laying the groundwork internally for a potential takeover of Vodafone Group Plc next year, mapping out a strategy for a complex deal with Europe's largest mobile carrier, people familiar with the situation said.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
New FAA Guidelines Permit More Device Use, All The Way From Take-Off To Landing  —  For years now, most of us have been quietly not turning off our phones and devices at landing and take off, and merely putting the screens to sleep and stuffing them in seat pockets instead.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Samsung Tops Apple in Latest J.D. Power Tablet Customer Satisfaction Survey  —  Apple has been ranked second, edged out slightly by Samsung in J.D. Power's latest U.S. tablet satisfaction study.  Samsung scored 835 on a 1,000 point scale, while Apple was just behind at 833.
Matt Buchanan / New Yorker:
After Walt Mossberg and David Pogue: Waiting for the Next Great Technology Critic  —  For well over a decade, the two most influential voices about consumer technology have been a sixty-six-year-old man who lives just outside of Washington, D.C. and a fifty-year-old man who resides in Westport, Connecticut.
Doug Madory / Renesys:
Google DNS Departs Brazil Ahead of New Law  —  In response to recent NSA spying allegations, Brazil is pressing ahead with a new law to require Internet companies like Google to store data about Brazilian users inside Brazil, where it will be subject to local privacy laws.
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Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Google's Glass Accessory Store Is Coming Online (Wow.  Stuff's Expensive!)  —  Google is bringing an official accessory store for Google Glass online this evening, based on reports first shared in a private Google forum for Glass Explorers.  —  The store appears to be part of the “My Glass” …

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