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Linux Mint 14 “Nadia” RC released!view story

http://blog.linuxmint.com – The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 14 “Nadia” RC. Linux Mint 14 Nadia For the first time since Linux Mint 11, the development team was able to capitalize on upstream technology which works and fits its goals. After 6 months of incremental development, Linux Mint 14 features an impressive list of improvements, increased stability and a refined desktop experience. (Distributions)

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End Of An Era: Windows Live Messenger To Be Retired, Users Transitioned To Skypeview story

http://techcrunch.com – Confirming earlier reports, Microsoft officially announced today it would be retiring its Windows Live Messenger instant messaging service in favor of Skype. In a post on the Skype blog, Tony Bates, Microsoft President, Skype Division, explained that Windows Live Messenger would be retired for all users in the first quarter of 2013, with the only exception being mainland China. Windows Live Messen (IT news)

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Open Source Ubuntu OS Makes Strides in Emerging Marketsview story

http://www.thevarguy.com – If you live in Europe or the United States, it might be hard to believe that Linux is still a serious contender on desktop PCs. But it is, at least in emerging markets. That’s according to recent comments from Canonical VP of Sales and Business Development Chris Kenyon, who claimed that Ubuntu will ship on 9 percent of PCs worldwide by 2014. (IT news)

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Linux Mint Forges New Deals with OEMsview story

http://www.thevarguy.com – The most recent buzz related to desktop Linux OEMs has centered around Canonical. But Linux Mint, the Ubuntu-based distribution that remains fiercely independent of Canonical, has been striking deals of its own with hardware manufacturers to preinstall Mint on their devices. (IT news)

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Glogou Launches New Tools To Help Businesses Build Their Online Presence (And Ad Campaigns) In Chinaview story

http://techcrunch.com – Glogou is a startup offering to help businesses tap into the massive Chinese market, and with the launch of new, self-service tools, it may be able to reach a broader swath of customers. Language is one of the obvious challenges facing American businesses trying to sell products or services in China. (IT news)

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Hidden Tiger, Returning Chenview story

http://www.itwire.com – Written by: Graeme Philipson | Published in: PeopleTelstra has announced the return of Tim Chen as Regional President of Telstra International Group. He left Telstra’s board only a month ago, stating that he was taking up a senior position in China. Why is he back? (IT news)

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Android Malware Surges Despite Google’s Efforts To Bounce Dodgy Apps Off Its Platform; F-Secure IDs 51,447 “Unique Samples” In Q3view story

http://techcrunch.com – Despite Google tightening Android’s security screw, by introducing an additional layer of security to the Play Store earlier this year to scan for malicious code (and its September acquisition of online virus and malware scanner VirusTotal), Android’s malware problem has surged in the third quarter. (IT news)

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Silicon Valley Telecom Entrepreneurs Pivot: New Business Models Win 58% Of VC Investment And Carrier Revenuesview story

http://techcrunch.com – Editor’s note: Steve Patterson’s observations and writing are based on his 20 years working in the primordial ooze of start-ups in Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from Boston College with a degree in Mathematics. (IT news)

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Microsoft Rolling Out Azure Cloud To China, A Deal Only The Chinese Government Can Loveview story

http://techcrunch.com – Microsoft has made a deal with China to offer Windows Azure in the country. The deal is ballyhooed as a landmark agreement but, at its core, represents something that only the Chinese government can love. The agreement with the municipality of Shanghai shows how China will begin rolling out more cloud services to China. (IT news)

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General Where was your S3 battery made?view story

http://androidforums.com – I recently purchased a T-Mobile Galaxy S3 (model SGH-T999) and want to put my mind to ease by confirming that I didn't receive some fake battery with the phone. My battery says "CELL MADE IN KOREA / ASSEMBLED IN CHINA" Is this typical? (General)