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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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Thomas Ricker / This is my next:
Stephen Elop interview: US Lumia launch, Nokia tablet, and criticism of the Android experience  —  I had the chance to sit down with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop after the launch of its first series of Windows Phone products — the Lumia 800 and 710 — here at Nokia World 2011 in London.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft, Nokia to give 25,000 Windows Phones to committed developers  —  Summary: New Windows Phones aren't the only fruit from the Microsoft-Nokia partnership.  Their combined resources will benefit developers, too, the pair said at Nokia World.  —  Microsoft and Nokia are combining …
Michael Degusta / the understatement:
Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support  —  The announcement that Nexus One users won't be getting upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich led some to justifiably question Google's support of their devices.  I look at it a little differently: Nexus One owners are lucky.
Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint:
Sony: We're phasing out feature phones  —  And buying webOS?  —  Sony has revealed that it is to phase out feature phones and concentrate on smartphones in the future.  The Japanese giant has very recently announced its acquisition of the Ericsson part of Sony Ericsson, and with the buy out …
Discussion: Reuters, Techland and Joystiq, Thanks:stuartmiles
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Sony Will Buy Out Ericsson's Stake In Sony-Ericsson Mobile For $1.47 Billion
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
What does Sony control of Sony Ericsson really mean?
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
iPad 3's dense display a challenge for manufacturers  —  Apple Retina Display.  —  The 10-inch-class screen on Apple's upcoming iPad 3 will be one of its most remarkable features.  But getting to the higher resolutions is a big step, according to a source who spoke to CNET.
Bloomberg:
Chinese Military Suspected in Hacker Attacks on U.S. Satellites  —  Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) — Computer hackers, possibly from the Chinese military, interfered with two U.S. government satellites four times in 2007 and 2008 through a ground station in Norway, according to a congressional commission.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Developers: Your Google Maps API Free Riding Days Are Over  —  Months after warning developers it would happen, the Google Developer team announced tonight that the era of unlimited Google Maps usage for free is officially over.  Developers whose apps load more than 25,000 basic maps …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
The future is amazing, and Microsoft has video to prove it  —  This might be as close as we're going to get to a time machine.  Unless they're working on that, too.  —  Microsoft this morning is premiering a new video that shows how the company believes technology is poised to evolve …
Guardian:
BlackBerry outage: RIM faces US class action  —  US and Canadian users seek damages for breach of contract and negligence after three-day service failure  —  Consumers in the US and Canada have sued Research in Motion for a three-day service outage on BlackBerry devices that rippled across the world earlier this month.
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Possible Signs Of Google Music Store Found In Android Market  —  To add a little more screencap credence to reports that Google will be launching its own Music Download Store within the next couple of weeks, people who attempt to access music.google.com from their Android phones are presented …
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
SoundCloud Lands on the iPad, Waits for Other Music Services to Join It There  —  SoundCloud, the buzzy music-sharing service/utility, has arrived on the iPad, via a new free app.  If you're one of the 3.7 million people who have downloaded one of the company's iOS, Android or Mac apps …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Andreessen Horowitz Raising Huge New $900 Million Fund III  —  You can't accuse Andreessen Horowitz of spending money too slowly.  Their first fund, $300 million, was raised in 2009 and was promptly invested in companies like Skype and Fusion.io.  In late 2010 they raised Fund II …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Paid More Than $1.4B for 57 Acquisitions in 2011  —  Google acquired a whopping 57 companies of various assets through September, according to an SEC filing.  With three months left to go in the year, anyone want to guess what else is on the radar?  —  Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple now has $81.5B in cash, 13.2M sq. ft. of facilities and 60K employees  —  Apple today filed its Form 10-K with the SEC that discloses information to stockholders and the commission.  In an amongst the normal legal statements there were a few interesting facts.
Discussion: Cult of Mac and CNET News, Thanks:speedmaster
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Hands on with Adobe Carousel for iOS and Mac  —  Adobe's cross-platform photo management service Carousel, which the company demoed in September at Photoshop World, is now available on iOS devices and the Mac.  New apps for both platforms released Thursday let you manage, sync …
Chikodi Chima / VentureBeat:
Report: Netflix hogs 32 percent of peak Internet bandwidth  —  Netflix again leads the pack as North America's largest consumer of Internet bandwidth, creating 32 percent of peak downstream traffic, according to the 2011 Sandvine Internet Phenomena Report, which was released today.
Wall Street Journal:
Huawei, Chinese Tech Giant, Aids Iran  —  When Western companies pulled back from Iran after the government's bloody crackdown on its citizens two years ago, a Chinese telecom giant filled the vacuum.  —  Huawei Technologies Co. now dominates Iran's government-controlled mobile-phone industry.
Discussion: The Next Web
Quentin Hardy / Bits:
Facebook-Led Consortium Plans to Remake Big Computing  —  A consortium of technology heavyweights led by Facebook wants to fill the world with enormous low-cost computing centers, using the same collaborative techniques that created an explosion of software development over the past decade.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple overtakes Nokia in China as iPhone brand, sales surge  —  Apple's smartphone brand has surged ahead of Nokia among Chinese buyers' preference for their next 3G handset, as more than a third express a preference for iPhone, twice that for Nokia's models.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Google Beefs Up Its Groupon Killer by Adding More Than a Dozen Partners  —  Google is aggressively expanding into the daily deals space by partnering with 14 daily deals providers.  And — no surprise here — Groupon isn't one of them.  —  Eric Rosenblum, Google's director of product management …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Google Declines To Remove Police Brutality Videos, Still Complies With 63% Of Gov't Takedown Requests  —  What happens when you're the de facto distribution platform for something like Occupy Wall St and other events that run afoul of the police?  Well, you end up getting …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
‘Codify’ Brings Touch Based Programming to iPad  —  iOS developers TwoLivesLeft have just released an interesting new app called Codify, which brings touch based programming to the iPad.  —  The app allows users to create their own programs using the Lua programming language by typing code directly on your iPad.
 
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Launching iTunes Movie Offerings in Over a Dozen New Countries
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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“Revolution in the Valley,” revisited
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
Inside Facebook's massive cyber-security system
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