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Microsoft is a sore winner: pokes fun at Google over LG licensing deal

If you bought an Android smartphone or tablet in the last six months, odds are surprisingly good that you paid a considerable chunk of the purchase price to Microsoft. The dinosaur of the software world has successfully sued and/or negotiated with most of the major Android OEMs, including Samsung, HTC, and lately LG. Microsoft claims that over 70% of the Android hardware sold in the US includes licensing fees paid to the company - a disturbing statistic for an open-source operating system.

Android Community App of the Week: Android Pro Widgets

Every week we like to slow things down a little to highlight an app that's proven itself to be useful, fun, or just plain cool. There's plenty of new stuff coming out that'll rock your socks, like the sweet 3D New Year Live Wallpaper, but the App of the Week is our way to show off some of the lesser-known apps that deserve your attention. This week, it's social and PIM widget collection extraordinaire, Android Pro Widgets.

Cee Lo hides white DROID RAZR in LA, Motorola gives away 6 more

Sprite spokesman, American Dad! guest star and occasional R&B singer Cee Lo Green has a white Motorola DROID RAZR, and he wants to give it to you. Not you, personally, but at least one of his Twitter followers, now numbered at about half a million. He's hidden it somewhere in Los Angeles, and will be tweeting out clues to its precise location on his official account, @CeeLoGreen. You probably shouldn't check under the big "W" in the Hollywood sign.

Microsoft tempts bitter Android users with free Windows Phone 7 devices

Not everyone is as enamored with Android as we are, and given recent events with a certain big red company that shall remain nameless, it's hard to blame them. But Microsoft is using some Android owners' experience with "malware" as an excuse for promoting Windows Phone 7, and it must be said, they're doing it in a pretty unique way. Tweet out a story of your Android malware woes, attach the hashtag #droidrage, and you might just get a response from Ben Rudolph the Windows Phone evangelist, giving you some shiny new Microsoft hardware.

Twitter acquires Android security firm Whisper Systems

Here's an odd bit of M&A news. Wired reports that Twitter's latest acquisition is a tiny Middle Eastern company whose sole focus is enterprise-grade security for Android phones. Whisper Systems, made up of notable computer security guru Moxie Marlinspike and CTO Stuart Anderson, gained the public's interest when it developed a secure, encrypted calling service called RedPhone in the wake of the revolution in Egypt.

Nexus Twitter contest begins: 10 Galaxy Nexus phone giveaways in 10 days

If you want to get yourself a free Galaxy Nexus via Google, here's your chance. The Twitter contest mentioned earlier has now been detailed by the official @GoogleNexus Twitter account, and they'll be giving away one phone every day for ten days. You must be following the Twitter account, reply with "@googlenexus," and live in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, or South Korea to be eligible.

Google set to start the next Google Nexus giveaway

In case you've missed it or aren't following along, today is a great day for Android fans to start following @GoogleNexus and @Android on Twitter. It appears Google is about to start the next giveaway for the Galaxy Nexus. While you're at it you might as well follow @Androids too. They have just tweeted that we should all stay tuned to learn how we can win our own tasty treat.

DROID RAZR Scavenger hunt and Extraction games are live, win one now

I'm sure many of you have been following along the many scavenger hunt games in the past, but now the time for the DROID RAZR is finally here. The folks at @DroidLanding have started the first round for the DROID RAZR scavenger hunt so be sure and follow them for all the details. The DroidDoes.com site has also been initiated with a game of its own. The details are still a bit blurry but once everything gets under way we'll be sure to update everyone.

Halloween is coming: We have Apps, Android ICS pumpkins, and holiday game deals

Halloween is just a few short days away (scary noises) and we have a few treats we thought we'd share before the weekend gets under way. First off we have some Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich carved right into a pumpkin directly from our friends at Google thanks to their @Android twitter page, then we've spotted a few more Android pumpkins and even a few Halloween games and deals. Be sure to follow down past the break and see all the spooky details.