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I remember when years ago people were hoping that Linux would end Windows’ domination in the market place, especially with a crippled Apple at the beginning of last decade. Linux, an open... source OS, was our last chance for that happening, at least back then. But Microsoft made sure nothing would be threatening their monopoly, and over the years they made deals in such a way that manufactu...

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B&N surprises me more and more these days. They were the first to show the potential of an inexpensive $250 Android tablet with the original Nook Color, and continuing to do it with the... upcoming Nook Tablet. This is surprising by itself because they could figure out what a regular Android manufacturer couldn’t – that there may be a market for quality low-end tablets

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Apple had a short victory last quarter, when they surpassed Nokia (they were already ahead of Samsung in smartphones), but it looks like nothing will be able to stop Samsung’s skyrocketing... growth. Samsung sold 27 million smartphones in Q3 this year, and it’s looking at selling around 35 million next quarter, now that Galaxy S II is on 3 carriers in USA, Galaxy Nexus will be able soon...

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It seems Microsoft is getting more and more successful in extorting money from Android manufacturers, and are now making 53% of the Android devices in USA more expensive (thanks Microsoft!).... I can’t say I’m too surprised. After all they are using a time-proven extorting tactic that has been used for decades by patent trolls, and some would say even by the mafia a few decades a...

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It seems that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer almost always gets himself caught in controversy every time he speaks in public. Ballmer’s most recent public declaration of his opinion about Android... has earned the ire of many Android fans, and the amused–albeit intelligent–chuckle of others.

Interviewed by John Batelle at the Web 2.0 Summit, Ballmer was asked why he should buy...

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Just days ago, Microsoft announced their new Hotmail app for Android. As of 2010, Hotmail was the leading provider of webmail, with over 350 million customers. Mot recently, they have created an app... for Android to provide features including push email, synced calendar and contacts, support for multiple accounts and more.

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With hotmail being so...

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Samsung and Microsoft announced just his week that the two companies have entered into a cross-licensing agreement that will have Samsung pay Microsoft an undisclosed amount in royalties for Samsung’s... use of the Android operating system, which Microsoft claims incorporates intellectual property that it owns.

The deal also involved Samsung’s pledging support for developing devices for Microsoft...

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When I first heard about Andy Rubin announcing Android will be optimized for Intel Atom chips for all versions of Android from now on, I was very disappointed with Google, because I thought... it was a poor strategic decision on their part. It felt backwards. Even Microsoft is moving to ARM, and I bet Apple will make a Transformer-like clamshell or at least a Macbook Air-like one based on...

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HTC is reportedly being interested in acquiring webOS from HP. HP is probably still not sure whether they want to sell it or not, most likely along with their Palm patents, which HTC could also... really use against Apple (and maybe Microsoft later). Also, HTC says if they are doing this they want it to be a very rational decision, and not an impulse one.

First of all, they need to be sure...

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Android doesn’t seem to show any sign of slow-down, and the total subscribers base in USA has gained another 5.4% market share in the last 3 months alone, which is almost as much market share... as Microsoft has left (5.7%) with both Windows Mobile 6 and WP7 – combined. Not only that, but that number is decreasing fast, even after the launch of WP7. Can Microsoft recover?

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