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AllThingsD’s Week in Review: The Chromecast’s Enemies and AT&T’s Record Android Sales

Chromecast_featureIn case you missed anything, here’s a quick roundup of some of the news that powered AllThingsD this week:

  1. “Orange Is the New Black” is the new “Arrested Development”: In its Q2 earnings call, Netflix said that every original show it has rolled out this year has improved upon the first-week ratings of previous shows.
  2. Google announced the Chromecast, which can beam video content from the Chrome browser or mobile devices to your TV, and might pose some problems for TV execs who don’t want the line between your screens to be so blurry.
  3. Google also announced a new Nexus 7, which (unlike the competing iPad mini) crams a full 1080p HD display into its 7-inch form factor.
  4. Apple slightly beat Wall Street’s Q3 earnings expectations, shipping five million more iPhones than predicted, but four million fewer iPads than analysts expected. It also spent $16 billion to buy back 36 million AAPL shares.
  5. BTIG analyst Walt Piecyk said Apple’s earnings guidance for Q4 2013 suggest only one thing: New hardware in September, probably new iPhones.
  6. Yahoo lost its media head, Mickie Rosen, one of the highest-ranking execs to depart in recent months. Here’s the internal memo discussing Rosen’s exit.
  7. Apple’s developer site was hacked, but the company said no customer information was impacted. The identity of the intruder remains unclear, but the dev site came back online Friday after days of downtime.
  8. AT&T reported that it sold 6.8 million smartphones last quarter, including a record number of Androids.
  9. Twitter aggressively pitched advertisers on tweet-discussions about television programs, but Facebook actually has five times as much TV talk.
  10. In a letter filed with the SEC, Michael Dell wrote to shareholders, regarding his $24.6 billion leveraged buyout proposal: “The decision is now yours. I am at peace either way and I will honor your decision.”

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