So you’ve had all the family togetherness, awkward dates, spoiled sports stars and overrated high-brow writing you can take this weekend? We’ve compiled The Favs, some of the best connected entertainment stories from this past week to feed your need for intellectual growth short of going back to work tomorrow morning. Some of it’s original reporting, and some of it is the work of others.   [divider]Windows Phone [/divider]

Windows Phone 8 Concepts

1800PocketPC has a collection of the most delectable conceptual screens for a possible Windows Phone update that we’ve ever seen. Sure, the creator doesn’t work for Microsoft and we’ll probably never get to experience how awesome they would be on devices of our own but, we can look. Windows Phone 8 “Blue” Concepts

Windows Phones in the American Market

AllAboutWindowsPhone delivers some insightful analysis of why it thinks Windows Phone devices are having such a hard time catching on in the American Market. Those who have a hard time understanding why the platform isn’t taken seriously by the nation’s wireless carriers should also take a look. Here’s a hint, it has something to do with subsidies. Why Does Windows Phone and America Not Mix [divider]Windows [/divider]

EA Shuts Down SIMCITY PR

When we’re in need of an explanation on any political technology issue we turn to TechDirt. While were not big PC gamers, there is no denying that most of them are doing so using Windows powered devices. What that in mind and the fact that we’ve come to the brink of buying SIMCITY every week since it’s release, we were very keen on the publication’s assessment of how the PR nightmare of EA’s online-only play requirement suddenly went away. Even if you aren’t interested in the game, read this one -these are the same people who create your favorite console titles.  EA Shuts Down SIMCITY PR [divider]Digital Media [/divider]

How iTunes Saved a Generation

The current king of the technology long form kingdom, The Verge delivers a terrific celebration of the things iTunes has accomplished in the last 10 years. Sure this is a Microsoft focused site, however let’s not pretend like we don’t owe Zune’s brief existence to iTunes. Let’s also not pretend like we don’t all know that without Zune and the things it spawned, I.E. the Metro Design language, Microsoft would have still been foisting the same tired consumer products at us. iTunes Store at 10