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4:33am

Tue October 30, 2012
NPR Story

Microsoft Looks To Make Mark With Smartphones

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 12:20 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And moving west, now, to the tech world. Microsoft has been trying to break into the smartphone market for years, but it hasn't had much luck. When the iPhone was introduced in 2007 Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer derided it as overpriced and poorly designed. Since then, Apple has become the most valuable company in the world and Microsoft has struggled to capture just four percent of global smartphone sales. But NPR's Steve Henn reports the company and Steve Ballmer haven't given up.

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4:33am

Tue October 30, 2012
Election 2012

Obama Campaign Slams Romney's Jeep Ad

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 6:51 pm

A worker installs carpet into a Jeep Liberty at the Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio, in 2011.
J.D. Pooley Getty Images

The impact of Superstorm Sandy has become the main focus of both presidential candidates, but what politicking does remain has Toledo, Ohio, at its center.

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4:33am

Tue October 30, 2012
Around the Nation

The Latest On Point Pleasant, N.J., And Ocean City, Md.

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 12:20 pm

Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep speak with NPR reporters Jon Hamilton in Washington, Larry Abramson in Ocean City, Md., and Joel Rose in Point Pleasant, N.J., for an update on Hurricane Sandy's impact on the Eastern Coast of the U.S.

2:59am

Tue October 30, 2012
Author Interviews

Resenting And Respecting Mom In Russo's 'Elsewhere'

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 9:16 am

Author Richard Russo has been writing about the burned-out mill town of Gloversville, N.Y., for years. In one Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, he called it Empire Falls, Maine; in another novel, it was Thomaston, N.Y.

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9:36pm

Mon October 29, 2012
It's All Politics

NPR Poll Finds Presidential Race Too Close To Call

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 12:20 pm

A new NPR poll shows the outcome of the Nov. 6 election is too close to call. Mitt Romney leads President Obama nationwide; Obama leads Romney in key battleground states. Both leads are within the poll'€™s margin of error.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

The latest and last NPR Battleground Poll for 2012 shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holding the narrowest of leads in the national sample, but trailing President Obama in the dozen states that will decide the election.

The poll adds evidence that the Oct. 3 debate between the two men redefined the race. But the movement toward Romney that emerged after that night in Denver also seems to have stalled after the race drew even — leaving the outcome difficult to call.

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