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May 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM

D10: Nathan Myhrvold defends patent hoarding

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Former Microsoft research chief Nathan Myhrvold defended the huge business he’s built collecting and enforcing patents. Myhrvold was interviewed at the All Things D conference by co-host Walt Mossberg. Mossberg grilled Myhrvold (right) over whether aggressive patent licensing is stifling innovation and whether the current system is broken. “If the people who…

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May 30, 2012 at 9:22 AM

D10: Zynga boss on Facebook, taking on Xbox Live

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Zynga Chief Executive Mark Pincus said things haven’t changed too much for his social-gaming company since it went public in December. Zynga and its close partner Facebook underwhelmed investors, but Pincus said the newly public Internet companies are strong regardless of their stock price. He’s being interviewed by Kara Swisher, co-host…

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May 29, 2012 at 2:40 PM

D10: Apple’s Cook opens AllThingsD, where’s Windows 8?

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — The timing would have been perfect for Microsoft to unveil the next public version of Windows 8 at the All Things Digital D10 conference starting today. Windows boss Steven Sinofsky unveiled Windows 8 and its signature interface a year ago at the last AllThingsD conference, and he’s on the guest…

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December 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Dive Into Mobile: Palm boss on HP sale, tablets, phones

SAN FRANCISCO — Palm wasn’t big enough to compete with Apple, Google, Microsoft and others with its fledgling webOS operating system, former Chief Executive Jon Rubinstein said at Dive Into Mobile. Rubinstein explained why the company sold to Hewlett-Packard for $1.2 billion in April. He’s now senior vice president of its Palm business unit developing mobile…

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December 7, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Dive Into Mobile: AT&T on the spot, Verizon iPhone not a crisis

SAN FRANCISCO — If Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore thought he was roughed up by Walt Mossberg, he should have stuck around to hear Mossberg interview AT&T’s Glenn Lurie at the Dive Into Mobile conference. Mossberg opened the conversation by noting a new Consumer Reports story that panned AT&T service as the least reliable in the country. “You’ve kind…

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December 7, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Dive Into Mobile: Windows Phone update trumped by Google OS news

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s a challenging day for Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s Windows Phone design and management vice president Belfiore came to give an update on Microsoft’s grand entry into mobile devices to Walt Mossberg, at the Dive Into Mobile conference. Mossberg pressed for an update on Windows Phone 7 sales, saying the lack of sales info…

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December 7, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Dive Into Mobile: Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley

SAN FRANCISCO — Less than two years after it launched its mobile-social service, Foursquare has sorted out its product development system and grown to 40 employees. The New York-based startup has 40 employees, 4 million users and $20 million in funding — enough to make it until the end of 2011, co-founder and Chief Executive Dennis…

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June 3, 2010 at 12:33 PM

D8: Ford’s Mulally on digital cars, safety

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Ford’s work on integrating computers and other digital systems into cars was presented by Chief Executive Alan Mulally in the final session of the All Things Digital conference. Mulally, who formerly led Boeing’s commercial airplane business, said Ford decided to focus particularly on the interface to help drivers safely manage the…

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June 3, 2010 at 11:59 AM

D8: HTC’s Peter Chou on Android vs Windows, 4G and more

RANCHO PALSO VERDES, Calif. — Peter Chou’s hunch was right. His Taiwanese phone company, HTC, was founded in 1997 to pursue the vision that smartphones would be transformative. HTC went on to produce the first Windows smartphone in 1999 and later the first phone based on Google’s Android software. On Friday, it launches the first smartphone…

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June 3, 2010 at 11:12 AM

D8: AOL boss on local push, chasing clicks and Bebo

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — AOL was overly focused on a few metrics — gross revenue and page views — according to Tim Armstrong, who left Google to become AOL’s chief executive last year. Now the venerable portal is remaking itself, in part by developing a sort of digital newspaper with local coverage and ad sales…

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