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Hey Microsoft. That Windows Phone 8 event you have planned for Oct. 29 in San Francisco? Google wants in on that day, having just announced a rival event in New York City, perhaps to announce its next Nexus phone.

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Study Shows Price The Top Consideration For Kindle Fire, Android Tablet Owners

When buying a tablet, what’s most important to you? Price? Apps available? Operating system? 

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To the extent that patents exist, patent owners should have the ability to protect their “inventions” against naked infringement. But the public also has an interest in innovation and a competitive marketplace. How much imitation or duplication should the market and the legal system allow for competitive reasons?

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Have you heard?

Google unveiled a $199 7-inch tablet at Google I/O today, as expected. The “Nexus 7″ tablet is made by ASUS and comes in a WiFi only version (so far). Presumably there will be other versions later that offer more memory and/or carrier support.