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11:55 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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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft's Andy Lees: Nokia will announce ‘its Windows Phones’ at Nokia World  —  No surprise here, but you can officially mark Nokia World 2011 down as must-watch TV.  Andy Lees just confirmed here on stage at AsiaD that the London-based event, which kicks off on October 26th, will be the launchpad for Nokia's Windows Phones.
Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
Andy Lees: Windows Phone to get NFC and ‘wider hardware choice’ next year
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Help Halve Phone Costs Next Year in ‘Volume’ Drive
Discussion: Ubergizmo and PhoneArena
AT&T:
AT&T Activates One Million iPhone 4S'  —  Activations Surpass All Previous Launches; Customers Prefer AT&T Speed Advantage  —  AT&T today announced it activated more than 1 million iPhone 4S' as of Tuesday, making it the most successful iPhone launch in the company's history.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AT&T third quarter on target: iPhone, Android split improves  —  Summary: AT&T's diversification from its reliance on the iPhone appears to be improving.  —  AT&T's third quarter earnings were in line with estimates as the company activated 4.8 million smartphones almost evenly split between …
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 …
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.
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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: Bits, CNET News, GMSV, Engadget and The Next Web
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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 …
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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: CNET News and WinRumors
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Visual.ly Raises $2 Million To Make Even More Infographics  —  Visual.ly, the team built from the infographics team behind Mint's spectacular infographics, has raised $2 million in seed funding, led by Crosslink Capital, SoftTech and 500 Startups as well as angels Kapor Capital, Giza Ventures …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse2
Laura Kusisto / Wall Street Journal:
Google Hits Space Bars  —  Ever since Google Inc. bought its New York City headquarters for $1.9 billion in 2010, the tech giant has been dealing with a new role: landlord.  —  Google has shown it's making a big economic bet on Manhattan by gobbling up more space within the building at 111 Eighth Ave. …
Discussion: @amir_efrati
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
The Multitasking Jack Dorsey on the Inspiration of Steve Jobs  —  Jack Dorsey says he takes a lot of inspiration for what he does from late Apple founder Steve Jobs.  —  When he designs products, whether at Twitter or Square, Dorsey said he aims to create products that disappear so you are just using them.
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 …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Coupon Craze Continues With CouponCabin Raising $54 Million  —  Investors are seeing a smart shopping opportunity in the age-old practice of saving and redeeming coupons.  —  CouponCabin.com of Whiting, Ind., is the latest online coupon company to raise capital.  The company has raised $54 million in its first round of funding.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Venture Capitalists, Secondary Markets And How Everyone Is A Facebook “Investor”  —  Venture firms have been buying stock on secondary markets in quasi-public companies for some time.  This means they're buying stock from other stockholders, not investing money into the company.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Nokia Reports Smaller Loss as Sales Beat Estimates  —  Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) reported a smaller-than- estimated loss and forecast the handset business to be profitable this quarter as the Finnish manufacturer prepares to introduce models based on Microsoft Corp.'s software.  The shares surged.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Khan Academy Triples Unique Users To 3.5 Million  —  Today at The Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Founder of Khan Academy, Salman Khan, took the stage to share a few quick stats on the growth of his online video education platform.  For those unfamiliar, Khan Academy is …
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 …
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”.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Why Do We All Praise Startups When They Receive Funding?  —  Funding announcements are very boring, both to read and to write.  —  But they're covered every day on tech sites, whether an entrepreneur has raised $400,000 or $400 million.  —  The amount of money raised has become a way some people benchmark a startup's success.
 
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Sean Hollister / This is my next:
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Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
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