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Tech News: Eric Schmidt Believes Android Has Almost Won the War Against Apple

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Plus, Microsoft's Surface is heading to more stores, but will the price drop?

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This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary on technology from around the Web.

CNET
Link: Google's Schmidt: Android Is 'Winning That War' With Apple
"Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt believes Android's war with iOS (NASDAQ:AAPL) is just about over -- and his team won.

"Speaking to Bloomberg in an interview published this morning, Schmidt said that Android's ongoing market share battle with Apple's iOS 'is of the scale of 20 years ago -- Microsoft versus Apple.' He went on to say that in his opinion, 'we're winning that war pretty clearly now.'"

Los Angeles Times
Link: Microsoft Surface Heads to More Stores, but Is Price Drop Ahead?
"Though Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Surface has been on sale for several weeks, it's been hard to get a clear read on how this critical product is doing. For now, Microsoft isn't providing any numbers, so everyone is looking elsewhere and reading tea leaves.

"On Tuesday we got two opposing indicators, one from Microsoft and the other from a blog that focuses on consumer deals."

The Wall Street Journal
Link: Apple Tests Designs for TV
"Apple Inc. is working with component suppliers in Asia to test several TV-set designs, people familiar with the situation said, suggesting the US company is moving closer to expanding its offerings for the living room.

"Officials at some of Apple's suppliers, who declined to be named, said the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has been working on testing a few designs for a large-screen high-resolution TV."

Boston Globe
Link: Amazon Will Begin Charging Sales Tax in Mass
"Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), the world's largest online merchant, said Tuesday that it has agreed to start collecting the state's 6.25% sales tax in Massachusetts next November, a move that will cost consumers but generate- tens of millions of dollars for Beacon Hill.

"The deal came out of six months of negotiations between state officials and Amazon.com Inc. Online merchants are supposed to collect sales taxes if they have a physical presence in a state, and Amazon now has a Cambridge office and a North Reading technology firm."

ZDNET
Link: RIM Finalizes BlackBerry 10 SDK Ahead of Launch
"Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) has released the finalized software development kit for its upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform.

"The 'gold SDK' came out on Tuesday, as RIM promised last month. It essentially gives developers the tools, APIs and components they need to check that their BlackBerry 10 apps will work properly when the make-or-break platform launches in January."
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