How Can You Miss Us if We Won’t Go Away? Paczkowski and Swisher Highlights From AllThingsD.

And so it goes in Silicon Valley.
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Ex-HTC Exec Launches Zero, a Startup Aiming to Keep That Fitbit or FuelBand From Ending Up in a Drawer

Kouji Kodera wants to create the wearable equivalent of a gym buddy — even if your buddy wears a different brand of bracelet.
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LG G Pad and Sony Ultra Z Both Get the Google Play Treatment

The Google Play edition isn’t quite a Nexus device, but represents another pure Android option.
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Facebook Says It Has Learned Important Android Lessons From Building Home

Meanwhile, the company is plugging away on updates to its core app and other companion products.
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AllThingsD Week in Review: Patent Wars Redux and Netflix Thinks “Big”

The Top 10 stories that powered AllThingsD this week, in one convenient post.
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Rockstar Patent Consortium Sues Google, and Practically Everyone Making Android Phones

The patent wars just got a lot more complicated.
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Samsung Fined Over HTC Smear Campaign

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has slapped Samsung with a fine for the astroturf smear campaigns it has waged against some of its rivals. On Thursday, the agency levied a $341,037 fine against Samsung’s Taiwanese subsidiary for hiring students to post fake online reviews criticizing HTC devices. A pittance, considering Samsung’s $4 billion marketing budget, but certainly a PR blow. The company said it’s reviewing the decision and will “take all necessary steps” to protect its reputation.

Former Googlers’ Cover App Makes Android Lock Screens More Useful (Video)

A startup brings personalization and context awareness to the basic Android user interface.
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HTC Seeks to Outsource Smartphone Production

HTC Corp. is considering outsourcing production of smartphones in a major strategic shift as the struggling Taiwanese smartphone maker looks for ways to cut costs and retain profitability, people familiar with the situation said.

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HTC Chairwoman Takes More Active Management Role

The ground is shifting at HTC Corp.

HTC Confirms Job Cuts at U.S. Operations