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No One Wants the Google Phone Verizon Won’t Sell

Here’s one possible explanation for Verizon’s decision not to sell the Nexus One: Consumers don’t want it.

The phone — built by HTC, with lots of guidance from Google, which sold it directly from its Web site — created just two percent of all the wireless traffic generated by Android handsets in March. That’s according to new numbers from mobile ad company AdMob.

The mobile ad company doesn’t hazard a guess as to the Nexus One’s actual sales. But the puny market share does sync up, at least directionally, with an earlier report from Flurry, which guessed that Google (GOOG) had sold a mere 20,000 units in its launch week in January.

And as VentureBeat’s Paul Boutin notes, it’s hard to accuse AdMob of an anti-Google bias, given that it’s going to be a Google-owned company if the feds cooperate.

AdMob does say that Google’s Android OS now accounts for 25 percent of all smartphone traffic, up from 19 percent in December. And it says Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone OS is at 37 percent — down a bit from the past few months but a point ahead of its December numbers.

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald