Android claims 81% of global market; Sprint's Boost Mobile to sell new iPhones Nov. 8

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> Microsoft will reportedly almost double its Windows marketing budget this year to around $400 million. Article

> Motorola's Moto X will be among the vendor's phones that will receive the upgrade to Android version 4.4, dubbed KitKat. Article. Meanwhile, HTC promised its all of its One smartphones in North America would score the KitKat upgrade within the next three months. Article

> Sprint's Boost Mobile will start selling Apple's new iPhones on Nov. 8. Release

> According to Strategy Analytics, Android captured 81 percent of the global smartphone market, mainly from Apple and BlackBerry. Release

> Silicon Valley startup Kumu Networks, which claims its self-interference solution can double network capacity, nailed down $15 million in Series B funding. Article

> Apple's iPad Air is going on sale today. Article

> Google's Galaxy Nexus will not be upgraded to Android version 4.4, dubbed KitKat. Article

> Jimmy Lai, a Hong Kong businessman, acquired a 2 percent stake in HTC. Article

Cable News

> Google Fiber said Wednesday that it launched new apps for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch that subscribers can use to channel surf and manage DVR recordings. Article

> Phoenix-based cable MSO Cable One lost 14,643 video, 5,004 high-speed Internet and 2,737 telephone customers during the third quarter, parent The Washington Post Co. reported Friday. Article

> Brushing aside reports that he isn't interested in merging Time Warner Cable with Charter Communications and other cable MSOs, Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt insisted Thursday that the company would agree to a deal if it made money for shareholders. Article

Telecom News

> Alcatel-Lucent's IP routing division continues to be the shining star in the company's portfolio, rising 7 percent year-over-year to $789.2 million. Article

And finally… Google's mystery barge could be a VIP party boat. Or maybe a Google Glass store. Or maybe both. Article

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