31 May 2013

Moto X smartphone built in US will launch by October

Imagine that--an advanced smartphone--built in the US!

Moto X smartphone is real and will be launched by October | Mobile - CNET News: " . . . the company will be launching the rumored Moto X smartphone sometime between now and October. In fact, the entire product line of Motorola smartphones will be revamped, Woodside said during an the D: All Things Digital conference here. "We'll launch a handful of smartphones that aren't the end, but show where the company is heading," he said.  . . . The Moto X will be manufactured in the U.S., in a plant outside of Fort Worth, Texas, and employ 2,000 people, Woodside said. He added that carriers are excited about where Motorola is heading. . . ."

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Financial Times
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Washington Post
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Microsoft Unites Skype and Lync, Cisco Protests
InformationWeek
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InformationWeek
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Wall Street Journal
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Computerworld
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PC Magazine
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By Unknown
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Official Android Blog

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TechCrunch

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By David Hinkle
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Joystiq

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Official Gmail Blog

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GigaOM
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CNET
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PCWorld
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PCWorld
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Google Brings Nutrition Information to Search
PC Magazine
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PC Magazine
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AMD Aims Opteron-X 'Kyoto' Chips at Growing Microserver Space
eWeek
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PCWorld
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Ars Technica
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Inquirer
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Reuters
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Businessweek
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Wall Street Journal
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CNN
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VentureBeat
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The Guardian
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Sydney Morning Herald
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ZDNet
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Mashable
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New York Times (blog)
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Discovery News
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San Jose Mercury News (blog)
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International Business Times
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Bloomberg
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National Post
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DVICE
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TechRadar UK
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CNET
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Platform Nation
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Register
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