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Tech News: Samsung's Galaxy Overtakes Apple's iPhone Sales Record

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Plus, Oracle buys another cloud company, Microsoft Skypes, and Google revamps search.

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This column highlights the most interesting and useful tech news from around the Web.

VentureBeat
Link: Samsung's Galaxy S III Overtakes Apple's iPhone 4S as World's Best-Selling Phone
"Apple's iPhone 4S (NASDAQ:AAPL) is no longer the world's best-selling smartphone. For the first time ever, Samsung (PINK:SSNLF) has taken that title with its massively successful Galaxy S III model.

"'Samsung's Galaxy S3 smartphone model shipped 18.0 million units worldwide during the third quarter of 2012,' Neil Shah, a senior analyst with Strategy Analytics said. 'The Galaxy S3 captured an impressive 11 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally.'"

GigaOm
Link: Oracle Buys Instantis, Yet Another "Cloud" Company
"Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) is positioning its buyout of Instantis, announced Thursday, as another way to beef up its cloud applications, although Instantis' project portfolio management capabilities are available in both on-premise and cloud deployment modes. Instantis capabilities will be used in conjunction with the company's Fusion and Primavera applications."

ReadWriteWeb
Link: Microsoft's "Skype In The Workspace" - Like A Video-Based Quora
"On Thursday, Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Skype launched Skype In The Workspace, a service that combines elements of Quora and social networking to create an online space where entrepreneurs can seek knowledge from one another.

"In reality, Skype In The Workspace is a fancy bulletin board designed to help small businesses connect with each other to provide live question-and-answer sessions - via Skype, naturally. In a sense, the bare-bones service is simply fertile ground to grow new contacts from an entrepreneur's existing list of Skype contacts, providing an automated way to search out new contacts and connect."

Wall Street Cheat Sheet
Link: Activision Blizzard: Finally, Earnings Guidance to Celebrate
"Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) Q3 performance was above expectations. Revenue was $751 million, compared with our estimate of $700 million, consensus of $710 million, and guidance of $690 million. EPS was $0.15, compared with our estimate of $0.09, consensus of $0.08, and guidance of $0.07. Better-than-expected results were driven by Mists of Pandaria, Diablo III, Skylanders Spyro's Adventure, and the Call of Duty games."

Insider Monkey
Link: Google Inc Raises Search Engine Bar with 'Spooky' Accuracy
"Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is rolling out a new design for its popular search engine. The company replaced its left-handed sidebar, which was introduced in 2010 with tabbed search options. Google's new design makes the appearance of searches consistent across platforms (i.e. smartphones, tablets, desktops) and it makes room for some interface changes, including its "Knowledge Graph."
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