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Former Android chief Andy Rubin leaving Google

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Andy Rubin, the Google executive who used to lead its Android mobile business, is leaving the company. Rubin was heading up Google's robotics efforts. James Kuffner, a Google research

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SAN FRANCISCO — Andy Rubin, the Google executive who used to lead its Android mobile business, is leaving the company.

Rubin was heading up Google's robotics efforts.

James Kuffner, a Google research scientist who is in the robotics group, will replace Rubin.

Rubin stepped down from leading Android in 2013 eight years after Google bought Android. Rubin helped build it into the most popular mobile operating system.

Rubin is starting an incubator, according to the Wall Street Journal which broke the news.

"I want to wish Andy all the best with what's next," Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement. "With Android he created something truly remarkable—with a billion plus happy users. Thank you."

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Samsung bringing curved Gear S to U.S. on Nov. 7; pricing like a phone

Eli Blumenthal, Special for USA TODAY 6 p.m. EDT October 30, 2014

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As attention in the wearable space is focused on Microsoft's new Band, wearable veteran Samsung has revealed its plans for releasing its sixth smartwatch in the U.S. The Gear S, the company's smartwatch with a curved 2-inch screen and built-in cellular connection, will begin rolling out to U.S. carriers beginning November 7.

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint have all signed up to carry Samsung's latest watch with AT&T and Sprint the first out of the gate. Both carriers will release the device on the 7th with T-Mobile releasing it on November 9th. Verizon will also be offering the device, but the company has yet reveal exactly when it would make the watch available.

Samsung is hoping the Gear S proves more successful than its prior wearable efforts since the device is one of the first wearables to feature a cellular connection to make phone calls, send text messages and connect to the Internet even when not connected to a smartphone. But that flexibility comes at a price. Without a contract or payment plan the device will cost between $350 and $400, though all the carriers will be offering various on and off-contract payment options. Unlike Timex's Ironman One+ GPS watch, which is another 3G-connected wearable that comes with a year of free data from AT&T, the carriers will also be charging for data plans on the Gear S.

T-Mobile is charging $5 a month for unlimited talk, text and 500 MB of 4G LTE data on the watch. AT&T and Sprint will charge $10 a month for users adding it to their respective Mobile Share or Family Share plans, though Sprint will waive the monthly charge for customers whose plans have at least 20 GB of data. Verizon has yet to reveal its monthly charges.

Similar to Samsung's recent Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit wearables the Gear S will run the company's Tizen software and will only be able to be paired with other Samsung phones like the Galaxy S 5 and recently released Galaxy Note 4. If you have another device you can forward your number to the phone and use the built-in cellular service on the watch to access email, music or social networks when you don't have your phone with you.

Samsung claims the device, which also features a heart rate monitor and is water and dust resistant, will get about two days of battery life.

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Maine Pizzeria Delivers Pie to Ebola Nurse

An Ebola nurse fighting quarantine orders in Maine may get at least one perk: a pizza from Moose Shack on Main Street.

Nurse Kaci Hickox, told reporters last night that the one thing she missed while she was cooped up in her Fort Kent home was Moose Shack pizza. Now, the pizzeria is in contact with the police department to see whether they can deliver a pizza to her today.

Hickox, 33, returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa last week and this morning broke Maine's voluntary quarantine by going on a bike ride as officials waffled between whether to seek legal enforcement to the quarantine or let her off the hook with a blood test.

April Hafford, whose father owns the pizzeria, told ABC News that their biggest concern is how their customers will feel about it.

"It's such a small place here, and it could go either way," she said. "There’s a lot of people that maybe wouldn't come here because of it -- and who would come because of it. It could go either way."

Hafford, who said she's seen Hickox and her boyfriend in the pizza shop three times since it opened in January, said Moose Shack has already received a lot of calls about Hickox this morning, and that the quarantine is a controversial issue in the small town.

So does Hickox have pepperoni or veggies coming her way on that pizza?

"I don’t know," Hafford said. "We haven't decided what kind yet."

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Talks With Ebola Nurse Fail, Gov to Use ‘Full Authority’

Negotiations with nurse Kaci Hickox, who refuses to be quarantined after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, have "failed" and the governor of Maine will now "exercise the full extent of his authority," according to a statement from the governor's office.

Gov. Paul LePage didn't say whether that meant getting a court order to enforce Hickox's quarantine or forcing her to take an Ebola blood test. Earlier today, LePage indicated to ABC News that he would abandon his demand that Hickox remain under quarantine if she would agree to take a blood test for the lethal virus.

"I was ready and willing -- and remain ready and willing -- to reasonably address the needs of healthcare workers meeting guidelines to assure the public health is protected," LePage said.

The governor made his comment after Hickox defiantly challenged demands that she remain quarantined by leaving her home in Fort Kent this morning for a bike ride with her boyfriend. She was trailed by a police car as she rode.

While Hickox was pedaling, attorneys for the state of Maine went to Superior Court seeking a judge’s permission to give Hickox a blood test for Ebola, LePage said.

“This could be resolved today,” the governor said. “She has been exposed and she’s not cooperative, so force her to take a test. It’s so simple.”

Medical experts have said that an Ebola test would only be positive if someone were symptomatic, and could register a negative result if the amount of Ebola virus in the blood hadn’t reached a detectable level.

LePage's office later put out a statement saying negotiations with Hickox had failed and the governor will now “exercise the full extent of his authority allowable by law.”

"Maine statutes provide robust authority to the state to use legal measures to address threats to public health," the statement said.

It added, "Specifics of the process or steps being taken by the state at this time may not be discussed publicly due to the confidentially requirements in law."

The governor said he has a state police car stationed outside Hickox's home and that she has the town "scared to death." ort Kent has a “little rural hospital and if she goes in there she shuts down the whole community,” the governor said.

Hickox, 33, went on her bike ride after vowing Wednesday night she wasn't willing to "stand here and have my civil rights violated."

The nurse, who had been treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone for Doctors Without Borders, said she was fighting for her rights as well as other health care workers who will be returning from the Ebola hot zone in West Africa. She said that Doctors Without Borders told her another 20 health care workers will be coming home in the next month.

"Most aid workers who come home just want to see their family and have a sort of normal life," she said Wednesday night. "I'm fighting for something other than myself. There are aid workers coming back every day."

Hickox said she isn't committed to a quarantine that isn't "scientifically valid," she said while standing alongside her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, outside her home. The quarantine demand goes beyond guidelines put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which indicate that she can't spread Ebola if she isn't sick, doesn't have symptoms and no one is in close contact with her bodily fluids.

"You could hug me, you could shake my hand [and] I would not give you Ebola," she said.

HIckox returned to the United States on Oct. 24, landing in Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, where she was questioned and quarantined in an outdoor tent through the weekend despite having no symptoms.

Hickox registered a fever on an infrared thermometer at the airport, but an oral thermometer at University Hospital in Newark showed that she had no fever, she said.

After twice testing negative for Ebola, Hickox was released and returned home to Maine on Oct. 27. Maine's health commissioner announced that Maine would join the handful of states going beyond federal guidelines and asking that returning Ebola health workers be self-quarantined for 21 days.

"I will go to court to attain my freedom," Hickox told "Good Morning America" Wednesday. "I have been completely asymptomatic since I've been here. I feel absolutely great."

The CDC doesn't consider health workers who treated Ebola patients in West Africa to be at "high risk" for catching Ebola if they were wearing protective gear, according to new guidelines announced this week. Since they have "some risk," the CDC recommends that they undergo monitoring -- tracking symptoms and body temperature twice a day -- avoid public transportation and take other precautions. But the CDC doesn't require home quarantines for these workers.

Someone isn't contagious until Ebola symptoms appear, according to the CDC. And even then, transmission requires contact with bodily fluids such as blood and vomit.

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At Least 4 Dead in Small Plane Crash at Wichita Airport

A prop plane crashed into a building this morning at an airport in Wichita, Kansas, officials said.

Two people died in the crash and five people have been rushed to a local hospital to treat "serious" injuries, Wichita Fire Department Chief Ron Blackwell confirmed.

"We don't know what may have caused the incident," Blackwell said, noting that responders faced a "horrific firefight for several minutes."

Emergency crews are on the scene at Mid-Continent Airport, where a federal official has confirmed to ABC News that the incident is not related to terrorism.

The plane was headed to Mena, Arizona, the official said.

PHOTO: A small twin engine plane hit a building after losing power in one of its engines soon after taking off from Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kan., Oct. 30, 2014.

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PHOTO: A small twin engine plane hit a building after losing power in one of its engines soon after taking off from Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kan., Oct. 30, 2014.

There have been no reports of how many people are possibly in danger in the situation, but smoke can be seen billowing from the building from miles away.

PHOTO: Jaison Podkanowicz posted this photo to Twitter on Oct. 30, 2014 from Mid Continent Airport, Wichita, Kansas with the caption, plane crashes into building at Mid Continent Airport.

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PHOTO: Jaison Podkanowicz posted this photo to Twitter on Oct. 30, 2014 from Mid Continent Airport, Wichita, Kansas with the caption, "plane crashes into building at Mid Continent Airport".

The plane involved in the crash was a twin-engine Beechcraft that was taking off but lost power in one engine, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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PHOTO: A passenger at the Mid Continent airport in Wichita, Kansas posted this photo to Instagram on Oct. 30, 2014 with the caption, Not exactly what you want to see before boarding an airplane. #fire

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Lenovo wraps up its deal to buy Motorola from Google

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Lenovo has wrapped up its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google as it seeks to become a global player in the highly competitive smartphone market dominated by Samsung and Apple.The $2.9

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SAN FRANCISCO — Lenovo has wrapped up its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google as it seeks to become a global player in a smartphone market dominated by Samsung and Apple.

The $2.9 billion deal brings Motorola's portfolio of phones — including the flagship Moto X, the Droid line with Verizon Wireless and lower-end Moto G and Moto E — to Lenovo.

"We are ready to compete, grow and win in the global smartphone market," Lenovo chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing said in a release on the announcement.

"By building a strong number three and a credible challenger to the top two in smartphones, we will give the market something it has needed: choice, competition and a new spark of innovation," he said.

Google agreed to acquire Motorola Mobility in late 2011 for $12.5 billion. In the sale to Lenovo, Google kept most of Motorola's patents and is providing Lenovo a license for that portfolio and other intellectual property.

The Motorola unit's headquarters will remain in Chicago. Motorola has around 3,500 worldwide, including about 2,800 in the U.S.

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What’s new for Android: A sweet Lollipop upgrade

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New York—Google recently unveiled Android 5.0 "Lollipop," the latest version of it's popular Android operating system. The 5.0 upgrade is a major one for Android and brings an all-new design to the platform,

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Eli Blumenthal, Special for USA TODAY 1:18 a.m. EDT October 30, 2014

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NEW YORK — Google recently unveiled Android 5.0 "Lollipop," the latest version of its popular Android operating system. The 5.0 upgrade is a major one for Android and brings an all-new design to the platform, dubbed "Material Design," as well as new features like a Guest mode and better camera software.

Among the first to receive the upgrade will be the company's new Nexus line of devices that are available for order now. The update will begin rolling out over the next few months to existing phones and tablets made by companies like Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC, among others.

USA Today's Ed Baig had a chance to check out Android Lollipop at an event in New York. Here's his interview with Tom Karlo, one of the project managers for Android at Google, showing off the all new Nexus 6 by Motorola as well as some of the new features coming soon to Android.

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Microsoft watch beats Apple to market

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Investors will watch the clock Thursday as Microsoft (MSFT) is launching its smartwatch, beating Apple (AAPL) to the market for the critical holiday season.

A Microsoft-branded smartwatch has been rumored for months — but the company Wednesday announced the “Microsoft Band” watch is now available for order for $199.

Several online app stores, including the store for apps for Apple’s Mac and Microsoft’s Windows Phone, showed listings for an app called “Microsoft Health.” The app extracts data collected by the newly announced watch. The Microsoft Store posted on its Facebook page it is sponsoring a fitness event in stores Thursday, presumably to promote the device.

The listing for the app says it will be available for all three major smartphone platforms, including Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone. This makes the device very different than other smartphone makers’ wearable devices, which are tethered to just their equipment. Microsoft is making the bet that modern consumers have devices made by multiple companies and are looking for equipment and services that work on all of them.

In addition to being a timepiece, the Microsoft Band will offer health-related functions such as 24-hour heart monitoring, GPS distance measurement, step counting, calorie counting and sleep monitoring. The Microsoft Band app will also show the user a graph of their sleep, displaying how much was restful, light and how many times the user was woken up – indicating it’s designed to be worn overnight. The watch will also measure UV light exposure.

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But the Microsoft Band packs productivity features, too, making it different than some limited-function sport bands. The Microsoft Band allows users to check stock quotes, view previews of e-mails and upcoming calendar appointments and access to Twitter, Facebook and text messages. The watch can also be used for mobile payments at Starbucks. The Windows Phone version of the app says the Band features Cortana, Microsoft’s voice assistant, which can be used to set appointments and reminders by voice command. The watch also will have a charge that last two days, much better than other smartwatches that mostly need to be recharged nightly.

Investors will closely watch the Microsoft Watch since it’s the latest big hardware push from the Redmond, Wash.-based company since the debut of its successful Surface Pro 3 tablet computer months ago. Microsoft’s Surface business appears to be on the verge of being close to a billion dollar in revenue business. Microsoft’s future with hardware will be a key to accessing its market value going forward, says Norman Young, analyst at Morningstar in a note to clients.

Shares of Microsoft are up 35% this year as investors see Microsoft making a stronger push to win back consumers lost as competing mobile platforms have caught on. Consumer businesses remain a very small part of Microsoft. Microsoft’s consumer-focused products, Xbox and Windows Phone, account for just 0.5% of the company’s stock price and about 11% of revenue, stock-research system Trefis says. Shares closed Thursday up 13 cents to $46.62.

Microsoft’s smartwatch is also a showcase of the tech company’s key differentiating factor when dealing with the consumer: the watch will function with all three of the major smartphone platforms. It’s also a sign of the company’s push to increase the speed at which it gets consumer products to market. Apple’s watch, in contrast, will only work with Apple’s own smartphones and won’t be released until next year and for $350. It’s widely believed Apple’s watch will need to be recharged daily.

This is just the latest in what’s been a long history of Microsoft and watches. Back in 1994, Microsoft launched the DataLink line of watches that were a hit with watch enthusiasts, programmers and was even certified for space travel by NASA. The DataLink allowed users to transfer contact and schedule data wirelessly by holding the watch in front of a computer monitor. That original DataLink watch was followed in 2003 with a version of the DataLink co-developed with Timex to be a rugged sportwatch, called the Timex Datalink USB. Many developers wrote apps that ran on the watch. More recently, Microsoft launched in 2004 SPOT watches that used radio technology to provide one-way data feeds.

The Band is the latest. We’ll see what investors think at 9:30 ET Thursday when the market opens.

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Flipboard launches 3.0 with redesign and ‘topics’

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SAN FRANCISCO — Flipboard, the social magazine that has found millions of users through its popular iPad app, has unveiled version 3.0. New features include better search and "topics" to find more stuff to read.

The app was originally designed to take advantage of the new iPad in 2010. It became a popular way to keep up with news via Flipboard's unique twist — turning our social feeds from Facebook and Twitter into a visual magazine.

But most of Flipboard's audience — some 70% — now access it on smartphones (Apple, Android and Windows) so the new Flipboard 3.0 has been redesigned to take advantage of the newer, bigger phones.

"It's getting harder to tell the difference now between a phone and tablet," says Flipboard co-founder Mike McCue. "A lot more people have phones, and they have big screens now."

Flipboard has a user base of over 100 million people, and is adding 250,000 new users every day, says McCue.

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In version 2.0, Flipboard added the ability to make "magazines" out of subjects presented. Over 10 million magazines have been created.

Flipboard has topics to explore in version 3.0 of app(Photo: Flipboard)

The problem for readers and magazine creators was having their content found. With the new version, "topics" have been added to the menu, so that folks with interests in photography — underwater, aerial, street, portrait and planetary, for instance — can add these topics, and get new magazines based on their interests pushed to them.

The social media trend of "followers" has also been added for the new version of Flipboard.

The app suggests topics, magazines and people to follow, including, naturally, magazine makers.

The new Flipboard is available at the Apple, Google and Windows app stores.

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