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6:30 AM ET, October 20, 2011

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Ben Rudolph / The Windows Blog:
First Look: AT&T's new HTC TITAN, Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash  —  Just a few minutes ago at the All Things D Asia conference, Windows Phone President Andy Lees gave the world its first look at AT&T's new lineup of new Windows Phones.  We talked speeds and feeds on the blog a few weeks ago …
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Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
Andy Lees: Windows Phone to get NFC and ‘wider hardware choice’ next year  —  At Asia D today, Andy Lees gave a few details on the future of Windows Phone, including support for both NFC in 2012 and LTE at some point in the future.  Just as importantly, Lees made some references to other changes in the Windows Phone hardware front.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft's Andy Lees: Nokia will announce ‘its Windows Phones’ at Nokia World
Discussion: X-bit labs, LiveSide.net and Neowin.net
Wall Street Journal:
Silver Lake, Microsoft and Canada Pension Plan Mulling Bid for Yahoo  —  Private-equity firms are knee-deep in work on a potential buyout of Yahoo Inc., which has been weighing its strategic options in recent weeks.  —  Almost every major U.S. private-equity firm, including Silver Lake Partners …
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Yahoo's Jerry Yang: There Are Plenty of Options Beyond Sale  —  Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang said on Thursday that the company's board continues its strategic review process, but that there are a number of options beyond just selling the company.  —  “The intent going in is not to put ourselves for sale,” Yang said, speaking at AsiaD.
Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Bidders balk at Yahoo's “no cross talk” provision: sources
Discussion: Electronista
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Google+ Guru Bradley Horowitz On Products, Platforms and that Pesky Memo  —  While Google has struggled mightily in its early efforts to “get the social thing,” it has managed to get more than a few people to try out its latest effort, Google+.  —  But the question of just how compelling …
Discussion: Engadget and The Next Web
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Brin: “I'm Not A Social Person” But “Google+, I Instantly Found Compelling”  —  Google cofounder Sergey Brin made a surprise appearance at Web 2.0 Summit today, and in talking about Google Plus, he said despite not being social himself, he found the service compelling.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Android Chief Says Your Phone Should Not Be Your Assistant  —  Andy Rubin thinks there is a lot of potential for phones to be more useful companions, but says he is not interested in turning Android devices into personal assistants.  —  “I don't believe that your phone should be an assistant …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Steve Jobs' biographer on 60 Minutes  —  The drumroll begins with Walter Isaacson's appearance on CBS TV Sunday night  —  This just tweeted by @60Minutes:  —  SUNDAY: Steve Kroft sits down with historian Walter Isaacson for the first look at the authorized biography of Steve Jobs.
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple pays tribute to Steve Jobs with memorial at 1 Infinite Loop [Video]
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Not Just Google: Siri Searches Bing And Yahoo Too  —  Earlier tonight Danny Sullivan discovered that Siri will also search Bing and Yahoo, though it searches Google by default.  If you say, “Search the web for . . .” or you ask Siri a question it can't answer it will search Google (the iPhone's default search engine).
Discussion: WinRumors
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung's Won-Pyo Hong: Galaxy Nexus wasn't designed just to skirt Apple patents  —  Well, so much for that.  Samsung's Executive Vice President of Product Strategy — Won-Pyo Hong — didn't say a whole heck of a lot on stage here at AsiaD, but he did clarify one thing near the end of his interview …
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Nokia 800 Windows Phone's Three Colors Revealed  —  Besides adopting much of its design language from the “boutique” N9, it now looks like the upcoming Nokia 800 Windows Phone 7 will also come in the same trio of colors as its Meego-powered linemate.  New imagery, which gives us the best look yet …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
ASUS' Jonney Shih unveils Transformer Prime Android tablet: 10-inch, 8.3mm, quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3  —  Whoa, Nelly!  ASUS head honcho Jonney Shih just revealed the “next-generation Transformer tablet” here at AsiaD!  It's the same one that we saw teased just yesterday …
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Randi Zuckerberg, on Her Own Now  —  “WHO wants a tequila shot?”  Randi Zuckerberg shouted over the thump of “Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears's breakup anthem.  —  It was nearly midnight on a rainy Wednesday in September, and more than a dozen friends gathered by Ms. Zuckerberg …
Discussion: New York Magazine
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
If You Sold Your Apple Stock Today, You're An Idiot  —  Before I begin, two points:  —  1) I do not own any Apple stock.  I have absolutely no interest in whether the stock goes up or down.  —  2) One can make an argument that there may be other reasons to sell Apple's stock now (namely …
Discussion: asymco and techeblog.com
Wall Street Journal:
Groupon Plans Scaled-Back IPO  —  Groupon Inc. plans an initial public offering of less than 10% of the discount deal company at a valuation of less than $12.5 billion in light of recent market volatility and the company's missteps, according to people familiar with the deal.
Danielle Sacks / Fast Company:
Bill Nguyen: The Boy In The Bubble  —  Bill Nguyen launches startups with haste, never researches the competition, and makes the same mistakes “again and again.”  So why do people keep giving him so much money?  —  What Bill Nguyen lacks in size at a wispy 135 pounds he makes up for in energy.
Discussion: Business Insider
Eric Hautala / The Windows Blog:
Updates: Windows Phone 7.5 now available more broadly  —  Hello everyone.  When we kicked off the global rollout of Windows Phone 7.5, I told you we planned to balance quality with speed.  And for three weeks we've been watching quality while sending update notices to a growing fraction of phones.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Apple's iPhone 4S Cracked Open, Money Spills Out  —  From the outside, Apple's iPhone 4S looks an awful lot like its predecessor, the iPhone 4.  Apple fans and investors were initially so disappointed when the phone turned out not to be a more revolutionary iPhone 5, the company's shares fell on October 4 …
Discussion: Examiner, Electronista and AppleInsider
Jon Orlin / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch TV Launches On Your TV  —  TechCrunch TV is now really TechCrunch TV.  When TCTV launched last year, the focus was on viewing our videos on the computer.  Not on TV.  Ok, we called it “TechCrunch TV” because it sounded a lot better than “TechCrunch Video”.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Activates iTunes Match Setting in iOS 5, Suggesting Imminent Launch  —  While Apple launched iOS 5 and iCloud last week, the company pushed back the debut of its paid iTunes Match service in the United States until the “end of October”.  While iTunes Match had been in beta testing …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Accel, Redpoint Put $24M Into Online Video Network Infrastructure Startup Qwilt  —  Qwilt, the provider of network video-infrastructure technology, has raised $24 million in two rounds of funding from Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Crescent Point Group, RealNetworks founder Rob Glaser and other investors.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Bad Siri!  She'll let anyone use a locked iPhone 4S  —  The voice-activated feature on the new iPhone 4S will let anyone use the phone to send e-mails and text messages and make calls even if it is passcode locked, security firm Sophos revealed today and CNET has confirmed.  —  Try it.
Phil Mui / Google Analytics Blog:
Introducing Flow Visualization: visualizing visitor flow  —  Many of you have shared with us difficulties you've experienced when using traditional path analysis tools.  For instance, many of these tools don't sensibly group related visitor paths and pages, and segmentation analysis can be difficult.
Sean Hollister / This is my next:
Lytro plenoptic light-field camera pre-orders begin today at $399, devices ship in 2012 (video)  —  What if you had a camera whose images could be re-focused minutes, days or years after the shot, or viewed in 3D?  That's what a company called Lytro promises you'll get in this tiny little box for just $399.
 
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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
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Discussion: TechCrunch
Arpita Mukherjee / Reuters:
Amazon.com to enter Japanese e-book market: report
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