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2:25 PM ET, November 1, 2010

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Apple takes the lead in the US smart phone market with a 26% share  —  In Q3 2010, the worldwide smart phone market grew an impressive 95% over the same quarter a year ago to 80.9 million shipped units.  Nokia retained its leadership position, albeit by a diminished margin, with a 33% share of the market.
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Canalys: iPhone becomes most popular smartphone in the US …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
NPD: Android Surging, BlackBerry Falling, Apple Flat  —  Here's a chart pretty much guaranteed to get teeth grinding in Cupertino - new data from NPD showing Android extending its lead as America's most popular mobile operating system.  —  The consumer research group says that Google's software …
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PRWeb:
The NPD Group: Android Extends its Smartphone Market Share in the Third Quarter of 2010  —  iPhone 4 was the top-selling mobile phone in the third quarter; RIM falls to third place among operating systems  —  Much of Android's quarterly share growth came at the expense of RIM, rather than Apple.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Sues The US Government For Only Considering Microsoft Solutions  —  Eric Goldman alerts us to the interesting bit of news that Google has sued the US government — specifically the Department of the Interior, for not seriously considering Google Apps when it put out a Request for Quotation (RFQ) to handle its messaging needs.
Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
Why I quit Google to join Facebook: Lars Rasmussen  —  Lars Rasmussen, the Sydney-based co-founder of Google Maps has spoken publicly for the first time about why he quit his job and joined the growing band of high profile Googlers who have switched allegiances to Facebook.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone DST bug causing alarms to fail across Europe (updated)  —  An iPhone bug already seen when Australia switched between Daylight Savings Time and Standard Time a few weeks ago has now hit Europe.  Twitter is alight with reports of recurring iPhone alarms going off an hour later than usual.
Dave / Master of 500 Hats:
How to Take Down Facebook — Hint: It Ain't Twitter.  (aka: An Open Letter to the Next Big Social Network)  —  I've held off writing this post for a long time, because I couldn't quite get my head around all the issues.  It wouldn't be accurate to say there's something “wrong” with Facebook …
Discussion: Signal to Noise and broadstuff, Thanks:davemcclure
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
Use Hotmail features without changing your email address  —  If you've been reading this blog for the last few months, you've seen lots of new features added to Hotmail that make Hotmail more efficient, like Sweep or the ability to send up to 10GB of photos in one message.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Blekko, The “Slashtag” Search Engine, Goes Live  —  Blekko, the long anticipated search engine founded by Rich Skrenta, has finally opened to the public.  The service offers an interesting way to “slash” or create specialty search engines for any topic, along with new features the company hopes will improve relevancy.
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Blekko's SEO Tools: What Information Do They Provide?
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Twitter Begins Publishing Ads in Users' Streams  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Starting today, Twitter will drop advertising into individual users' Twitter streams, also known as timelines, according to people familiar with the matter.  Longstanding Twitter advertisers Virgin, Starbucks and Red Bull have bought into this new service.
Thanks:edmundlee
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Intel Grants Rare Access to Start-Up  —  Chip Giant Will Manufacture Achronix's Semiconductors Using Most Advanced Production Process  —  Intel Corp. has agreed to make chips for a semiconductor start-up, the first time the Silicon Valley giant has given another company access to its most advanced production processes.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
iPhone 5 Will Enable Ambitious Remote Computing Program - Source [Exclusive]  —  We've received a tip about an unexpected application for the NFC chip Apple is expected to build into the iPhone 5.  —  Near Field Communication (NFC) is a short-range wireless connection technology that would turn …
Emily B. Hager / New York Times:
IPad Opens World to a Disabled Boy  —  OWEN CAIN depends on a respirator and struggles to make even the slightest movements — he has had a debilitating motor-neuron disease since infancy.  —  Owen, 7, does not have the strength to maneuver a computer mouse, but when a nurse propped …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Browser momentum: Chrome has it, IE doesn't  —  Chrome sliced away another half a percentage point of usage share from rival browsers in October 2010.  —  For browser watchers, October was a continuation of previous trends: Internet Explorer lost share to Chrome while Firefox and Opera idled and Safari edged upward.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Reddit head leaves Conde Nast for Hipmunk  —  Christopher Slowe, a five-year veteran of Reddit who has been in charge of the Conde Nast-owned social news site since the departure of its founders Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian last year, announced on Monday that he's leaving his post.
Discussion: SAI, more at Mediagazer »
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
ViewSonic ViewPad 7 and 10 officially comin' to America  —  ViewSonic's heavy foray into the tablet market has been no secret, but we've been a bit uncertain as to where on the map its products would land.  Until now that is.  According to ViewSonic's American team, the company will be kicking off …
Ben Hookway / VisionMobile :: blog:
The Android UI Dilemma: Unify or Differentiate?  —  [The UI of Android mobile devices is at the epicenter of a conflict between Google and the OEM struggle for differentiation.  Guest author Ben Hookway analyses why Google's UI strategy will be paramount to its proliferation as Android moves to multiple screens]
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Agence France Presse:
Amazon's 3G Kindle leaps ‘Great Firewall of China’  —  HONG KONG — Amazon's Kindle 3G e-reader is being snapped up on China's grey market as it has an extra special advantage for customers — it automatically leaps the so-called “Great Firewall” of state web censorship.
Discussion: Fast Company and CrunchGear
Wall Street Journal:
EBay Attempts to Clean Up the Clutter  —  Redesign This Week Uses Technological Overhaul to Organize Thousands of Listings  —  As eBay Inc. prepares for a critical holiday shopping season, the company this week plans to unveil new elements of an overhaul in how shoppers find and buy products on its Web site.
Discussion: Switched and AuctionBytes Blog
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Jayne O'Donnell / USA Today:
EBay makes it easier for friends, relatives to chip in for gifts
Discussion: Go Rumors
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Oracle finally gets SAP to trial, and maybe HP CEO  —  (Reuters) - Three of the world's most powerful technology companies are enmeshed in a jury trial kicking off on Monday that could make for some of the best theater Silicon Valley has seen in years.  —  Larry Ellison, the co-founder …
Discussion: Pulse2
 
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