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7:55 AM 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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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Google's Andy Rubin Live at AsiaD  —  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, just hours after unwrapping the latest version here in Hong Kong.
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.
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 …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
A Quick Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Feature Rundown  —  While hardware junkies like myself may have spent the past few weeks drooling over the Galaxy Nexus, the onstage demo of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich proves that the software powering the device is just as impressive (if not a little moreso).
Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
Android Ice Cream Sandwich to feature ‘Face Unlock’
Discussion: Engadget
Apple:
Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results  —  CUPERTINO, California—October 18, 2011—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter ended September 24, 2011.  The Company posted quarterly revenue of $28.27 billion and quarterly net profit of $6.62 billion, or $7.05 per diluted share.
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Apple's just-okay quarter in charts
Discussion: Business Insider, Thanks:fromedome
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's cash hoard grows to $81B with two-thirds of it offshore
Discussion: memeburn and AllThingsD
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
After A Rare Miss, Apple Predicts Record iPhone, iPad Sales And Hints At A $40 Billion Quarter
Discussion: AppleInsider
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple's CFO: iPhone rumors had a definite negative fiscal impact on Apple's business
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 …
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Mike Rundle / Flyosity:
Android's Touch Responsiveness Is Terrible  —  On mobile devices, there is absolutely no room for error.  No room for blurry pixels, no room for confusing icons, no room for user experience mistakes, no room for sluggishness.  The entire device is one big constraint: a flat piece of glass …
Discussion: Engadget
Lee Youkyung / Yonhap News Agency:
Galaxy Nexus designed to bypass Apple patents: Samsung mobile chief
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Galaxy Nexus versus the competition: by the numbers
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) …
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.
Discussion: Engadget
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm:
GMusic Unites Google Music with Apple iOS
Discussion: Business Insider
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
David Coursey / Forbes:
How Dropbox Will Die  —  Dropbox, the online file system, may be “tech's hottest startup” but that does not mean the company will survive.  —  There is always a “ hottest startup” in tech and in most cases the level of heat is almost inversely proportional to likelihood of lasting success.
The Official Google Blog:
Designing an infinite digital bookcase  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Code blog)  —  As digital designers, we often think about how to translate traditional media into a virtual space.  Recently, we thought about the bookcase.  What would it look like if it was designed to hold digital books?
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Yahoo investors have questions, but execs don't have answers  —  Yahoo on Tuesday held a conference call with analysts and investors to discuss its latest quarterly earnings results.  With all the buzz around the company recently, it seemed like the latest earnings report would certainly be an event to watch.
Discussion: The Register and CNET News
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Q3 Revenue Down 5 Percent To $1.07B; Net Income Down 26 Percent To $293M
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Lets You Spin Up A Supercomputer Cluster  —  Thousands of companies from Dropbox to Netflix rely on Amazon Web Services to provide storage and computing in the cloud.  Amazon's cloud computing offerings range from storage to on-demand computing cycles.
Discussion: GigaOM
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Caught Between Two Conferences  —  Two technology conferences, two blocks away from each other in San Francisco, were two worlds apart.  —  On Tuesday, the Web 2.0 Summit and Research In Motion's developer conference explored the future of the Internet and mobile technologies.
Discussion: @digiphile and Market Wire
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft idea: Search the Internet like a celebrity  —  How would Megan Fox search?  Microsoft is seeking a patent on the concept of applying a “persona” to Internet search results — allowing people to see results shaped by the personalities and preferences of their friends or even Hollywood celebrities.
Discussion: Computerworld
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Mary Meeker's 2011 Presentation On Internet Trends [Slides]  —  Kleiner Perkins partner and former Morgan Stanley analyst Mary Meeker is about to take the stage here at Web 2.0 Summit to present on Internet trends, as she does every year.  —  I'll be writing this up live, so keep refreshing.
 
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Violet Blue / Pulp Tech Blog:
Google steps up its privacy game, launches Good To Know
Discussion: PC World
Leila Abboud / Reuters:
Music streaming site Deezer to launch in 100 countries
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Bookstores Drop Comics After Amazon Deal With DC
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Europe's Square iZettle Raises $11 Million For Mobile Payments Technology
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
After 400 Million Downloads, Angry Birds Introduces New Bird; Movie Confirmed
Discussion: Mashable!, CNET News, VG247 and Kotaku
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Ben Horowitz: “Facebook Is The Best-Run Company In Technology”
Larry Magid / CNET News:
An interview with Siri (podcast)
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Auerbach / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Gets Straight Privacy Answers From Amazon About New “Silk” Tablet Browser
Discussion: SlashGear and ReadWriteWeb
Timelines.com:
Why we are suing Facebook and a request for help
Discussion: TechCrunch
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
PlayStation Vita Will Debut In US And Europe On February 22
Jordan Gilliland / Inside Search:
Breaking down language barriers with translated English-language results
Discussion: Softpedia News
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins a Key Patent for a Multi-Touch In-Plane Switching Display
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Groupon's IPO Road Show Set for Next Week
Discussion: Reuters and CNET News
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Michael Dell On His Infamous 'I'd Shut Down Apple' Quote: “My Answer Was Largely Misconstrued.”
 

 
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