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10:10 PM ET, October 26, 2011

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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Flex it, baby!  Nokia's new interface is seriously twisted  —  The Nokia kinetic device scrolls through photos and music playlists when its edges are twisted.  —  LONDON—Multitouch revolutionized user interfaces, and if Nokia researchers get their way, a mobile device that's sensitive …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Why no front-facing camera on first Windows Phones from Nokia?  —  Summary: There are no front-facing cameras on Nokia's first two Windows Phone handsets.  Some users are asking why.  —  As I noted in a Nokia World blog post from earlier today, there are no front-facing cameras on the Lumia 800 or 710 Windows Phones.
Sean Hollister / This is my next:
Nokia Lumia 800 announced: an ‘evolved’ N9 with Windows Phone for €420  —  It's all come down to this.  Nokia CEO Stephen Elop showed us his flagship Windows Phone over four months ago — a spitting image of our beloved Nokia N9 - and today we finally find out what's under the hood of the Sea Ray …
Jack Dorsey / @jack:
Nokia: you make too many products. Focus on 3.
Jeremy Stoppelman / Yelp Official Blog:
Case Dismissed.  (Again.)  —  The reason tens of millions of people use Yelp every month to help them find a great local business is because they trust Yelp's review content.  We work hard to keep that trust by protecting the integrity of our review content, and use a number of methods …
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Richard Orange / Telegraph:
Facebook to build server farm on edge of Arctic Circle  —  Facebook is to build a multi-million ‘mini town’ on the edge of the Arctic circle to house all its computer servers, which would us as much electricity as a town of 50,000 people.  —  Luleå is situated at the northern tip of the Baltic Sea …
Don Clark / Digits:
Steve Jobs Wanted Intel Chips for the iPad  —  Intel's stock price, and image, have suffered from the fact that its chips are not widely used in smartphones and tablet PCs.  But it turns out that the Silicon Valley giant had an inside track when it came to Apple's iconic iPad …
Discussion: Shiny Objects, CNET News and Techland
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Arianna Huffington Loses Ruling In Fight Over HuffPo Ownership  —  Two politicos who sued Arianna Huffington and her partner for stealing their idea for the Huffington Post will get to go forward after a New York judge refused to throw out the lawsuit.  —  The tale of intrigue amidst …
Reuters:
Groupon CEO says replacing 10 percent of sales staff  —  (Reuters) - Daily deals site Groupon is replacing the worst 10 percent of its sales staff as it pushes to win stronger deals from merchants and ensure it can keep growing, the company's chief executive told potential IPO investors on Wednesday.
Discussion: @kevinnorman
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Coldplay latest act to freeze out streaming services (scoop)  —  Coldplay, one of the world's biggest music acts, has declined to offer songs from the company's new album “Mylo Xyloto,” to streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio and Rhapsody, multiple sources told CNET.
Discussion: The Next Web and VatorNews
Reuters:
Sprint eyes new financing as iPhone swells costs  —  (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel said it would need $7 billion in new financing agreements over the next few years to cover a cash shortfall created by Apple Inc's iPhone and a network upgrade.  —  “If we want to maintain a cash balance as high …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
First look: Apple's Cards offers quality & convenience at a low price  —  One completely unexpected announcement made by Apple at this month's iPhone 4S media event was Cards, a new application that lets iPhone users quickly and easily order a custom-printed greeting card.
Discussion: CNET News and GigaOM
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Close to Announcing Video ‘Channels’  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube is expected to announce as early as next week that it has signed a slew of partnerships with media companies and well-known personalities to produce original content for the popular video website, said people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Mahalo Lays Off 25 Percent for Shift to Apps From Video  —  Mahalo, the often-pivoted company run by well-known entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, laid off a quarter of its staff earlier this month.  —  Mahalo President Jason Rapp downplayed the move in a phone interview with AllThingsD …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple ‘expected’ to release LTE 4G iPhone in 2012  —  Competition among 4G-capable long-term evolution smartphones is predicted to intensify in 2012, when industry insiders believe Apple will join the fray with its own LTE iPhone model.  —  In the U.S., most of the current 4G share …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Potential Yahoo CEO David Kenny Now Much More Available  —  Akamai president David Kenny has stepped down after a year on the job — and in the midst of Yahoo's CEO search, where his name has come up as a possible replacement for fired CEO Carol Bartz.  —  Kenny is also a Yahoo board member …
Discussion: DealBook and Business Insider
Electronista:
Google says Nexus One too old for Android 4.0  —  Once touted “Superphone” lacks horsepower  —  Google has revealed that while it will be giving a free upgrade for its Nexus S smartphones to Android 4.0, owners of its predecessor, the Nexus One, will go without.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
REVEALED: Google Paid $151 Million For Zagat  —  Google paid $151 million in cash to acquire Zagat in September, according to the company's latest quarterly filing with the SEC.  —  That's higher than the $125 million reported by the Wall Street Journal and would make Zagat the company's ninth-largest acquisition ever.
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Google Maps rolls out business interiors in Street View  —  Google is taking its Street View feature indoors.  The company announced last May it would be taking interior shots of stores, but now it is moving out of its pilot phase with more 360 degree interiors cropping up online.
Discussion: LAUNCH, Electronista and SiliconFilter
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Ship to Store goes live in San Francisco  —  .  —  Yesterday it was revealed that Apple would begin to offer a ship to store option on its online store and it appears that it has just gone online.  We heard it would be hitting San Francisco first: … As you can see from the screenshot above, it is now live.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Motorola DROID RAZR available for pre-order from Verizon tomorrow for $299.99  —  Verizon Wireless on Wednesday reaffirmed that the Motorola DROID RAZR smartphone will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow, October 27th.  The hotly anticipated smartphone revives the famed RAZR line from Motorola …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Billion-Dollar Patent Lawyer Hunting Facebook, Twitter  —  John Desmarais is famous in patent law circles for obtaining a $1.5 billion verdict against Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) in 2007 and, more recently, for being a subject in an NPR documentary about the harm caused by so-called patent trolls.
Discussion: IP Osgoode and TechCrunch
Matt Hartley / Financial Post:
RIM facing class action suit over BlackBerry outage  —  Research In Motion Ltd. is facing the prospect of a class action lawsuit brought on by consumers who were left frustrated by the BlackBerry maker's service outage earlier this month.  —  The suit was filed on Tuesday in Quebec Superior Court …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Why Amazon Is Happy to Burn Money on the Kindle Fire  —  Yet another big name Internet stock got punished for missing Wall Street's expectations yesterday.  This time it was Amazon, which reported lower operating margins for Q3, and presumably more worrisome, the possibility of an operating loss in Q4.
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Clearwire Soars; Sprint Discloses Tentative Deal On LTE  —  Clearwire shares are skyrocketing this morning after Sprint CEO Dan Hesse disclosed a tentative deal between the two companies that appears to show a strengthened relationship between the two companies.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Pastebin Surpasses 10 Million “Active” Pastes  —  It took 8 years for Pastebin.com (which, for the unassociated, is sort of like the Internet's clipboard.  Anyone can paste in a big ol' wall of text and share it with anyone else, often anonymously) to reach 1 million “active” (read: not spam or expired) pastes.
 
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Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Oracle v. Google trial date pushed off to 2012
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Citrix claims it will make virtual desktops cheaper than real ones
Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard Said to Plan ARM-Based Servers in Challenge to Intel: Tech
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Nextdoor launches to bring your real neighborhood online