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* Microsoft teased Windows 8 yesterday at All Things D's D9 conference, unveiling a versatile user interface heavily inspired by its Windows Phone 7 platform. While users will be able to access the classic Windows desktop experience they'll also experience the Start screen above, which presents users' apps as tiles they can tap on via touchscreen. Also revealing: a Store tile in the above screenshot, confirming Windows President Steve Sinofsky's implied comments that an "app distribution mechanism" (read: app store) is indeed in the works. (All Things D)
* Twitter co-founder/chairman and Square CEO Jack Dorsey also took the stage at D9 to discuss the two jobs he now holds. Swatting aside ongoing speculation that the social network might be for sale, Dorsey said an initial public offering (IPO) is more likely, though he didn't specify when that would happen. He also described how he'd like the service to evolve. "We need to take a lot of the friction out, " he said. "Two things we announced today go a long way toward doing that. One is photos. Then people are also looking for ways to see the photos. That's what search is about. It gets people to that value immediately. That's one of our biggest challenges -- getting the people to the product immediately in a consistent way." (Fortune)
* An in-depth look at Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and his efforts to shepherd the company away from dwindling market share, a falling stock, and talks of a takeover. (Bloomberg Businessweek)
* Alibaba founder Jack Ma offered some unexpected advice to Yahoo, which currently owns 43% of his company: "Separate it...into small pieces." Meanwhile, Business Insider reports that Yahoo's board is quietly searching for a CEO replacement but will likely let current CEO Carol Bartz's contract run out next year rather than firing her. (Reuters and Business Insider)
* Google traced a "spear fishing" plot to Jinan, China. Under the scheme, unsuspecting Gmail users received fake emails from a person they knew which led them to a false Gmail log-in site. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman released a statement shortly after the discovery. "Blaming these misdeeds on China is unacceptable ... Hacking is an international problem and China is also a victim. The claims of so-called Chinese state support for hacking are completely fictitious and have ulterior motives." (The Telegraph)
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Looking for a good video intro to the Mac's new OS? This one's the best we've seen
Anyone who downloaded the first developer release of OS X Lion from Apple (AAPL) last week had presumably signed a nondisclosure agreement promising not to breath a word of it (unless it was something Apple had already revealed on its website, its press release, or the demo Steve Jobs and Craig Federighi gave last MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 1, 2011 5:54 AM ET
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MG Siegler today writes iPhone User? 90% Chance You're On The Latest OS. Android User? 0.4% Chance. There is a bunch wrong with this argument so let's take it step by step.
First: 'Latest OS.'
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Bringing the smartphone news to the masses in a topical fashion.
It appears that it is time for the smartphone news to go mainstream, with news of the ongoing battle between Microsoft (MSFT), Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) hitting ABC's Nightline viewers this week (after painful 1 minute commercial):
Two interesting things to note:
1. RIM's(RIMM) Blackberry wasn't even mentioned. Nor was global smartphone leader, Nokia(NOK)/Symbian.
2. In the time this short was made, MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 24, 2010 9:08 AM ET
Android users have been waiting for the just released Gingerbread upgrade. But yesterday Andy Rubin leapfrogged them by demoing next-gen OS Honeycomb, and chatting about the time Google bit off more than it could chew.
The latest version of the Android operating system, Gingerbread, is barely out of the oven but Andy Rubin, who heads up Android for Google (GOOG), couldn't resist giving the audience at the D: Dive into Mobile MOREBeth Kowitt, Writer-Reporter - Dec 7, 2010 1:14 PM ET
Mobile platforms VP Andy Rubin talks about Android, Chrome, and the smartphone.
The second Google (GOOG) phone in the U.S. had a showcase event last week in San Francisco, and afterward I sat down with Andy Rubin, vice president of mobile platforms at Google.
I asked him about Google's vision for the Android smartphone operating system, whether the search giant is sending mixed messages by promoting both Android and its upcoming Chrome MOREJon Fortt - Jul 17, 2009 8:00 AM ET
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