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4:30 PM ET, October 5, 2010

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Nielsen Wire:
Android Most Popular Operating System in U.S. Among Recent Smartphone Buyers  —  According to August data from The Nielsen Company, Android is now the most popular operating system among people who bought a smartphone in the past six months, while Blackberry RIM and Apple iOS …
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Nielsen: Android Surges to No. 1 in Recent Sales  —  Nielsen is adding its voice to the chorus of research firms confirming the ascension of Android.  Nielsen said among recent acquirers of smartphones in the last six months through August, Android was the top platform in the U.S. with 32 percent …
Milan Broum / Google Mobile Blog:
Open your eyes: Google Goggles now available on iPhone in Google Mobile App  —  Searching with Google on your mobile phone can be an eye-opening experience.  Now your phone's camera can even help to find out more about the world around you.  —  Back in December we introduced Google Goggles on Android …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As MeeGo VP Quits, Nokia CEO Taking Calls From Eric Schmidt  —  News broke this morning that Nokia's executive in charge of MeeGo devices, Ari Jaaksi, resigned last week.  This continues a string of high-profile people leaving the world's largest mobile phone company as it attempts to establish …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's MeeGo device chief quits  —  The VP in charge of Nokia's MeeGo Devices has resigned.  Ari Jaaksi confirmed to Finland's Talous Sanomat that he resigned last week.  According to a Nokia spokesman his departure does not affect MeeGo's rollout schedule which had called for a first device to be delivered before the end of 2010.
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:   Intel Says No MeeGo Handsets Until 2011
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Jason Calacanis: Revenge is a new editorial project to rival TechCrunch  —  Jason Calacanis is angry.  You can tell he's angry partly because he talks even faster than normal, but also because he's (still) spitting feathers about TechCrunch founder (and now AOL, employee) Mike Arrington.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Microsoft CEO says will see Windows slates by Christmas  —  (Reuters) - A Microsoft slate to counter Apple's popular iPad tablet computer will be seen by the Christmas holiday, Microsoft's Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Tuesday.  —  Ballmer did not say whether the palm-sized slates …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Asks Court to Toss Oracle's Android Lawsuit  —  Silicon Valley's latest Goliath versus Goliath battle is officially on.  —  Google today responded to Oracle's claims that its Android OS infringes copyrights and patents related to Java, which Oracle acquired as part of its purchase of Sun Microsystems earlier this year.
Peter Parkes / The Big Blog:
Skype now available for Android phones  —  You've been asking us for it - and now it's here.  Skype is now available on a wide range of Android phones, so you can save money and stay in touch when you're out and about.  Visit skype.com/m on your phone to download, or read on to find out what's inside.
StatCounter Global Stats:
Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser falls below 50% of worldwide market for first time  —  Boston, USA and Dublin, Ireland; Tuesday, 5th October 2010:Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) browser has fallen below 50% of the worldwide market for the first time according to StatCounter.
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Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:   The new Internet craze: splitting hairs over fractional Web browser …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
How many iPads has Apple really sold?  —  A preview of what analysts expect from the company's fourth quarter earnings report  —  Sources: Company reports and the consensus estimate for Q4  —  Bernstein Research retail analyst Colin McGranahan created a bit of a stir Monday …
Discussion: App Advice and MacStories
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John Melloy / Fast Money:
iPad Adoption Rate Fastest Ever, Passing DVD Player
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple's Data Needs Mean $1.7 Million, Jacuzzi for Carolina Pair  —  Apple Inc. needed land owned by Donnie and Kathy Fulbright for a $1 billion data center in rural North Carolina.  The couple showed no interest in moving out of their home of 34 years in the town of Maiden.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple TV Parts May Cost Less Than $64  —  CEO Steve Job's redesigned “hobby” device is 80 percent smaller and much more profitable to sell, says iSuppli, noting the Samsung A4 chip that also appears in the iPad and iPhone 4  —  The components in the latest version of Apple's (AAPL) …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
2 E-Books Cost More Than Amazon Hardcovers  —  Readers of e-books may not be able to turn paper pages, lend their copies to friends or file them away on living room bookshelves.  But they do have the comfort of knowing that they paid less for them than for hardcovers.
Paul Glader / Digits:
Jack Welch Blasts H-P's Board  —  Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch sharply criticized Hewlett-Packard's board of directors on Tuesday at the World Business Forum in New York.  —  “The Hewlett-Packard board has committed sins over the last 10 years,” said Mr. Welch.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Aiming to Learn as We Do, a Machine Teaches Itself  —  Give a computer a task that can be crisply defined — win at chess, predict the weather — and the machine bests humans nearly every time.  Yet when problems are nuanced or ambiguous, or require combining varied sources of information, computers are no match for human intelligence.
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Will Launch A Groupon Clone  —  AOL plans to launch a Groupon clone called “Wow!”  —  Groupon is the service that sends its users a coupon in an email everyday.  The coupon doesn't work until enough email recipients agree to use it.  —  Here's how AOL describes the service on a placeholder page:
Jeremy Sikora / TiPb:
Netflix app for iPhone updated to include video out  —  The Netflix app for iPhone received a nice little update last night that includes video out support.  Yes, this means you are now able to use your iPhone 4 or iPod touch 4 to send any streaming video content available on Netflix directly to your TV.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Applications Install Just Fine on Apple TV  —  iPhone developer Steven Troughton-Smith has found out that you can easily install applications into the Apple TV.  However, don't expect them to run your favoritest game on it just yet.  You will need a launcher for that.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
GetJar to give mobile games away to millions of users for free  —  Mobile app store operator GetJar plans to shake up the mobile game industry by giving away millions of copies of mobile games for free.  That's going to make it tough on companies that are trying to sell high-quality mobile games …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pay Now, Read Later: Instapaper Starts Testing Subscriptions  —  There are few services I use more on a daily basis than Instapaper.  The super-simple bookmarking tool has been my go-to way to come back to articles to read later for a few years now.  And with brilliant iPhone and iPad apps, Instapaper has only gotten better with time.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Fast Company and Download Squad, Thanks:rawmeet
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Zynga Makes Another Acquisition-Dallas's Bonfire Studios  —  Zynga announced another small acquisition today, as it continues to vacuum up small independent online game developers across the U.S. and internationally.  —  This time it's Dallas-based Bonfire Studios, which the San Francisco …
DigiTimes:
Sintek denies sampling projected capacitive touch panels for iMac, says spokesman  —  Barry Wu, VP and spokesperson of Sintek Photronics has denied reports that the company is sampling projected capacitive touch panels for Apple's iMac.  —  An October 1, 2010 report cited industry sources saying Sintek …
 
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AppleInsider:
Apple improves US iPhone 4 shipping times to 5-7 days
Discussion: App Advice
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hipmunk Closes Hyper-Competitive Angel Round, Sans The Usual Suspects
Discussion: Mashable!
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
IBM throws its hat into the hosted e-mail ring with Exchange Online competitor
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Foundry Group Launches Second $225 Million Venture Fund
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Marketers and Social Media: Cutting Through the Noise
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James Hookway / Wall Street Journal:
In Vietnam, State ‘Friends’ You
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Exclusive: First Photo of Jungle, Panasonic's Portable Online Gaming System
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Android Invasion  —  How a tiny piece of software created …
Discussion: Computerworld, PC World and The Register, Thanks:atul