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1:10 PM ET, October 19, 2011

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Paul Miller / This is my next:
Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ official: release in November, SDK available today (updated with screenshots)  —  Alongside a new flagship handset (check out our hands-on with the Galaxy Nexus!), Google is announcing an all-new version of its Android OS.  Codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich …
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Google confirms Nexus S will get Ice Cream Sandwich — for real this time (Gingerbread devices, too)  —  Okay, so we've already seen Ice Cream Sandwich running on the Nexus S, but that was decidedly... unofficial.  We've just heard straight from Google's Gabe Cohen that the Nexus S will definitely be getting ICS.
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
Exclusive: Matias Duarte on the philosophy of Android, and an in-depth look at Ice Cream Sandwich  —  I'm sitting in an anonymous, fluorescently-lit office on the Google campus where the Android team is situated, a surprisingly bare setting that seems to clash with the rest of the company's, multi-colored, neo-hippie aesthetic.
Chris Hall / Pocket-lint:
Motorola RAZR Ice Cream Sandwich update coming early 2012  —  Motorola has revealed that the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Motorola RAZR will be pushed out OTA at the beginning of 2012.  —  The Motorola RAZR was announced on Tuesday at a New York event for the Verizon network in the US …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
HTC: We're reviewing Ice Cream Sandwich and determining our plans  —  Samsung was awarded a precious head start in its upgrade path to Android 4.0, but how will its competition respond?  HTC may have one of the most difficult jobs ahead, since it has integrated its Sense UI so deeply …
Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
Android Ice Cream Sandwich to feature ‘Face Unlock’
Discussion: Engadget
Lee Youkyung / Yonhap News Agency:
Galaxy Nexus designed to bypass Apple patents: Samsung mobile chief  —  The Galaxy Nexus smartphone, the first handset built using a new version of the Android system called “ice cream sandwich,” is designed to bypass potential legal attacks from Apple Inc., the mobile chief of Samsung Electronics Co. said.
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Vlad Savov / This is my next:
Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwich: pictures, video, and hands-on  —  Samsung may have been the one to launch and produce it, but the Galaxy Nexus is all about Google and its latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.  This 4.65-inch smartphone is loaded with a fundamentally new operating system …
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Galaxy Nexus versus the competition: by the numbers
Discussion: 9to5Google, Engadget and blog.chron.com
Mike Rundle / Flyosity:   Android's Touch Responsiveness Is Terrible
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Music Store - “With a Twist” - Coming Soon, Says Android Boss  —  Google worked for a long time to get a music store/service up and running with the blessing of the big music labels.  But last spring all of that broke down, so Google launched a cloud-based music locker on its own.
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Google Mobile Boss Andy Rubin on Apple, Microsoft and Tablets  —  At AllThingsD, we like to eat our dessert first.  —  That's why we're kicking off AsiaD with a little Ice Cream Sandwich.  Google mobile chief Andy Rubin is taking the stage with Walt Mossberg to talk about the future of Android …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple receives more than 1 million Steve Jobs tributes, creates new ‘Remembering Steve’ page  —  When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away, Apple immediately paid its own tribute to its talismanic leader by posting a memorial page on its website, also asking those that wanted to pay …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Microsoft's Ballmer Bashes Android, Google Apps, iPhone: Web 2.0 Summit  —  Table of Contents:  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer rocked the house here at the Web 2.0 Summit Oct. 18, bashing Google Apps, Android and yes, even Apple's hallowed iPhone.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) …
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
China is now Apple's second-most important market  —  China isn't just the place Apple manufactures products.  It's now the country that delivers the most revenue for the company after the U.S. Over the last year, Apple and its executives have emphasized China and its surrounding areas as an important part of its sales strategy.
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Google's Andy Rubin on Apple After Steve Jobs  —  What will become of Apple without Steve Jobs, its charismatic founder?  Might it lose its way or its edge following Jobs's death?  —  Google mobile kingpin Andy Rubin doesn't think so.  —  During a Wednesday evening interview at AsiaD …
Discussion: everythingiCafe and SlashGear
Yosem / Diaspora*:
How Diaspora* Found Its Tiger Stripe in the Midst of a Paypal Fiasco  —  We want to update you on the whole PayPal fiasco.  We have good news and bad news, but after the day we've all had, why don't we start with the good news?  —  So the good news is... actually, the GREAT news …
Discussion: The Next Web
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone 4S Coming to U.S. Regional Carrier C Spire Wireless  —  While Sprint made waves in becoming the third U.S. carrier to offer the iPhone with the launch of the iPhone 4S, it appears that Apple will be broadening distribution even further to include smaller carriers as well.
The Korea Herald:
Samsung heir, Apple chief discuss long-term parts cooperation  —  As Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. wage legal battles across the world, two of their top executives have met to discuss long-term parts cooperation and maintaining existing partnerships.
Dan Auerbach / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Gets Straight Privacy Answers From Amazon About New “Silk” Tablet Browser  —  EFF Gets Straight Privacy Answers From Amazon About New “Silk” Tablet Browser  —  Amazon recently announced that the new Kindle Fire tablet will ship with a brand new browser called Silk.
Aaron Lee / DigiTimes:
Foxconn reportedly lands orders for next generation Kindle Fire, say Taiwan makers  —  Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) reportedly has secured orders from Amazon for assembling second-generation Kindle Fire tablet PCs, with shipments to begin in the first half of 2012, according to Taiwan-based makers.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Facebook power users ‘have gone to Google+ and Twitter’  —  Facebook's biggest threat is that its ‘power users’ have gone to Twitter or Google+, one of its founding investors and former president has said.  —  Sean Parker, managing partner of Founders Fund, speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
After 400 Million Downloads, Angry Birds Introduces New Bird; Movie Confirmed  —  Well, Rovio doesn't need much of an introduction: It's the company behind the now ubiquitous game that features everybody's favorite affronted and chafed birds.  Back in September, a whopping month and a half ago …
Discussion: Mashable!, msnbc.com, VG247 and Pulse2
Alicia Eler / ReadWriteWeb:
LinkedIn Classmates Shows Your Entire Alumni Network  —  Today LinkedIn launched LinkedIn Classmates, a way to tap into the power of alumni networks without calling your school's alumni office.  This new tool gives you access to what your fellow alums are doing in their post-school lives …
Discussion: The LinkedIn Blog and TechCrunch
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
VMware and Verizon team up for mobile virtualization  —  Stephen Herrod - CTO, VMware at Mobilize 2011  —  VMware has signed deals with Verizon and Telefonica to offer its mobile virtualization products on phones provided by the operators.  The net result of this deal is that employees …
Andres Sehr / Spotify:
Introducing Spotify for your Blackberry  —  We're excited today to announce our first preview release of Spotify for Blackberry.  As our sixth mobile app, Blackberry comes packed with great features to keep you listening to your favourite music wherever you are.  —  Features included in this release are:
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Facebook CTO Bret Taylor talks mobile web, apps and Apple negotiations  —  Says social network's expansion of its applications platform to mobile will boost social discovery of apps  —  Facebook's launch of its mobile applications platform has been an exercise in diplomacy.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Dolphin Browser on Android updated with bookmark sync and Webzine enhancements  —  Mobotap's Dolphin Browser has updated its powerful Android app to version 7.0 with new features that let users sync settings and bookmarks as well as give better access to frequently visited sites with its Webzine feature.
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
AOL Revamps Radio Service With Half as Many Ads to Rival Pandora  —  AOL Inc. (AOL)'s online radio service is restarting today with half the number of audio commercials as it ran before, challenging Pandora Media Inc. for listeners.  —  The company will insert about 3 minutes of audio ads an hour …
 
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Aayush Arya / The Next Web:
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Leila Abboud / Reuters:
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft idea: Search the Internet like a celebrity
Discussion: Neowin.net
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Bookstores Drop Comics After Amazon Deal With DC
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Ben Horowitz: “Facebook Is The Best-Run Company In Technology”
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David Coursey / Forbes:
How Dropbox Will Die  —  Dropbox, the online file system …
The Official Google Blog:
Designing an infinite digital bookcase
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:timcohn