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Blockbuster iPhone Sales and Flipboard’s New Round: AllThingsD’s Week in Review

Apple The iPhone 5c comes in green, blue, yellow and pink, as well as white.

Another busy week in the digital world has passed, complete with our full coverage.

Here’s a download of the top news this week, in case you missed it:

  1. Despite concerns from analysts and pundits, Apple managed to sell a whopping nine million new iPhones over the first weekend of release. Those numbers, however, weren’t broken out in terms of how many were 5s devices versus 5c — perhaps we’ll hear more on the quarterly earnings call.
  2. The NYPD would really love it if all Apple mobile device users — especially those buying new iPhones — would download iOS 7. The new software comes with added security features, which could help deter theft.
  3. Flipboard, the social magazine startup, raised a hefty $50 million in a round led by Rizvi Traverse Management and Goldman Sachs. The company seems to be growing steadily, too; at last count, CEO Mike McCue said Flipboard has more than 85 million users.
  4. It was round two for Microsoft’s Surface tablets, as the company released the next generation of its mobile computing devices. You need to read Peter Kafka’s hilarious account of the launch.
  5. IHS tore apart the guts of the latest iPhone releases to figure out how much it costs Apple to build them. The result? Around $200 a pop — not entirely different than the last generation.
  6. Google CEO Larry Page has a dream. Somehow, some way, every Google logo will be personalized, localized and changed, depending on the person viewing it. Dream big, Larry.
  7. Ailing phone maker BlackBerry received a buyout offer from one of its largest investors, Fairfax Financial Holdings. What does FFH Chairman Prem Watsa see in the Canadian company?
  8. How does Google come up with so many “moon shots?” According to Xoogler Marissa Mayer, it’s because of Larry Page’s superpower: His ability to continually ask “why not?”
  9. Our own Arik Hesseldahl sat down with Michael Dell shortly before Dell’s speech at Oracle’s OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. They talked turkey, especially drilling down on Dell’s decision to go private.
  10. As Steve Ballmer’s tenure as Microsoft CEO comes to an end, is Ford’s Alan Mulally the next in line for the throne?

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