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9:50 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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Miguel Helft / Bits:
The iPhone Has a Real Fight on Its Hands  —  Back in March, I wrote about the increasingly personal fight between Steven P. Jobs, the Apple chief executive, and Eric E. Schmidt, his Google counterpart.  In it, I quoted Mr. Jobs saying: “Make no mistake: Google wants to kill the iPhone.  We won't let them.”
Discussion: mocoNews, WebProNews and Engadget
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 …
Foursquare Blog:
So, that was a bummer.  —  Yesterday, we experienced a very long downtime.  All told, we were down for about 11 hours, which is unacceptably long.  It sucked for everyone (including our team - we all check in everyday, too).  We know how frustrating this was for all of you because many of you told us …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Explains Yesterday's 11 Hour Outage: An Overloading Of Database Shards
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
Eran Shir / eran's posterous:
Why Did we sell Dapper to Yahoo?  —  A few hours ago we signed an agreement to sell Dapper, my four year old baby, to Yahoo! for an undisclosed sum that someone will probably leak to Kara Swisher in a day or two.  I thought this an opportune occasion to summarize an amazing four years …
Discussion: ClickZ
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Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
The new Internet craze: splitting hairs over fractional Web browser market share changes  —  In recent months you may have noticed a surge of posts by popular, authoritative tech sites on the topic of Web browser market shares.  They all take roughly the same format: a bold title …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Lifehacker
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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.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Google responds to Oracle's Android patent lawsuit, we break it down  —  It's been just over a month and a half since Oracle first sued Google for infringing various Java-related patents in Android, and the big G's just filed its official response to the lawsuit after calling it “baseless.”
Discussion: Daring Fireball and OSNews, Thanks:rawmeet
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Verizon announces the Droid Pro — and it's not what anyone expected  —  Score one for Verizon!  In a world full of constant, spot-on leaks (not that we're complaining), they've managed to not only launch a device without leaksters getting it first, but also make (intentionally or not) …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pulse Takes An Angel Round, But Where Are The Angels?  —  Something tells me the venture capitalists are just about done having their lunch eaten by the “super angel” crowd.  This morning we wrote about Hipmunk raising a $1 million angel round, but the super angel usual suspects (other than SV Angel) weren't part of the deal.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Engadget's Darren Murph nabs Guinness World Record for most blog posts ever written!  —  We always knew Darren Murph had oodles of talent and was extremely prolific — but now the man has got the paper to seriously prove it.  Our own Mr. Murph was just awarded the Guinness World Record for most posts ever by a blogger.
Discussion: The Next Web and PSFK
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Sony's Google TV controller outed on ABC's Nightline (video)  —  Well, this is a bit unexpected.  We just happened to catch ABC Nightline's Google TV special, and lo and behold, there's a sneak preview of Sony's Google TV ad blitz... and with it, a never-before-s een controller.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Bar Spy: Apple Trying To Hire a Blogger?  —  Apple's PR staff would be well advised to reach out more to bloggers, or even blog on their own.  So the mysterious overture Apple made to a TechCrunch editor at a Cupertino, California brewhouse could be a big positive step.
Kyle Bennett / [H]ard|OCP:
NVIDIA Enters Retail with Direct Sales at Best Buy  —  Is NVIDIA looking to make add-in-board partners a thing of the past?  Or is NVIDIA looking to supplement its already long list of North American partners' stock on Best Buy's shelves.  No matter how you look at it, the move is surprising to say the least.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hipmunk Closes Hyper-Competitive Angel Round, Sans The Usual Suspects  —  There are two types of angel investors in Silicon Valley today.  The first type includes most of the “super angels,” who are trying to hold the line on $4 million valuations for early stage investments and as a group seem unwilling …
Discussion: alarm:clock and Mashable!
Joseph Tartakoff / mocoNews:
Qualcomm Goes Public With Flo TV Cancellation  —  After 36 hours of radio silence, Qualcomm (NSDQ: QCOM) is finally acknowledging that it is canceling its direct-to-consumer FLO TV operations.  The company says in a statement that it is suspending direct to consumer sales of new devices …
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Where's All the Free Wi-Fi We Were Promised?  —  Municipal WiFi was supposed to bridge the digital divide.  Here's why it failed.  —  Municipal WiFi was the free, ubiquitous mesh of wireless internet access that was supposed to carpet bomb the digital divide back to the stone age.  —  So what happened?
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) …
Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Co-CEO Open to Microsoft Software Despite Suit  —  The head of Motorola Inc.'s mobile-phone business said he is open to developing devices that run Microsoft Corp.'s new mobile operating system, despite the patent-infringement lawsuits the software giant recently filed against his company.
 
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Paul Glader / Digits:
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
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Peter Parkes / The Big Blog:
Skype now available for Android phones