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Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER 2009 RESULTS  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2009.  —  “Google had a strong quarter—we saw 7% year-over-year revenue growth despite the tough economic conditions,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.
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Reuters:
Google to launch online electronic book store  —  Google plans to launch an online store to deliver electronic books to any device with a Web browser, threatening to upset a burgeoning market for dedicated e-readers dominated by Amazon's Kindle.  —  The Web search giant said on Thursday …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Confirms Data Recovery for Sidekick Users  —  Data Restoration to Begin as Soon as Possible for Affected Customers.  —  Dear T-Mobile Sidekick customers,  —  On behalf of Microsoft, I want to apologize for the recent problems with the Sidekick service and give you an update …
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Can Apple Spoil Microsoft's Day?  —  The impending launch of Windows 7 is being seen by Jobs & Co. as an opportunity to lure PC users away  —  The entire personal computer industry is gearing up for Microsoft's (MSFT) Oct. 22 release of Windows 7, by most accounts the best version of its operating system in years.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple plans Mac marketing blitz around Windows 7 launch
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Microsoft Blog
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon.com Introduces Same-Day Delivery  —  On Thursday morning, Amazon.com took another step in its effort to bring instant gratification to its customers, introducing a new “Local Express Delivery Option.”  If an eligible item is ordered between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (depending on the city) Amazon will have it delivered on the same day.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Opens Up ‘In App Purchasing’ for Free iPhone Applications  —  Apple has just sent out an e-mail to registered iPhone developers informing them that In App Purchasing, previously restricted to paid applications, is now also permitted in free applications.
Daniel Tenner:
What problems does Google Wave solve?  —  There are countless pundits and other tech gurus describing Google Wave as a disappointment, lately.  Most of that seems to come from the fact that nobody seems to get what Wave is for.  So they compare it to social media.  —  Is Wave the next Twitter?
Discussion: Daring Fireball
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Munir Kotadia / iTnews.com.au:
Google Wave secured with ‘crypto fairy dust’
Discussion: New York Times and Download Squad
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
The CLIQ, Storm2 Join Long Parade of iPhone Threats  —  (See Correction & Amplification below.)  —  It's raining smart phones.  No, make that super-smart phones, the type of hand-held computer, like Apple's iPhone or the models powered by Google's Android software, that browse the Web well …
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Fred / A VC:
The ‘We Need To Own’ Baloney  —  Over the past few months, I've heard countless VCs utter the words ‘we need to own’ followed by some number.  Often it is 20pcnt, but it is frequently 30pcnt.  I heard someone tell me about a VC yesterday who said they needed to own 44pcnt.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Ousted Twitter Co-Founder's Twitter Derivative Has a Hometown  —  It's easy to get the idea Jack Dorsey is acting out a revenge fantasy.  Fired one year ago as CEO of his brainchild Twitter, Dorsey now says he's planning a startup with “similar ideas” — right in Twitter's back yard.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Rumors swirl over Apple's iMac Blu-ray, quad-core plans  —  The latest rumors surrounding Apple's plans for its upcoming iMac makeover hint that Blu-ray could remain a “bag of hurt” for a bit longer, while the company taps Intel for its latest mobile chips to help fill the void.
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Google Docs previews  —  Being an avid Google Docs user, I receive a ton of emails with links to documents that my co-workers and friends share with me.  From technical design documents at work to my roommate's expenses spreadsheet, my inbox is full of document links that I need to view as I reply to my mail.
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
The Hype Is Right  —  Apple's tablet will reinvent computing. … From the magazine issue dated Oct 26, 2009  —  Apple is supposedly working on a tablet computer, and though it doesn't even exist yet, it has already enjoyed more reviews than most products that actually do.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Computerworld:
I don't want to sell Twitter, says Biz Stone  —  When you're co-founder of one of the hottest companies on the Internet dealing with acquisition rumors is a constant part of the job, but on Thursday Twitter's Biz Stone sought to put an end to the persistent talk that he wants to sell the company.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Hands-on: Social networking on Xbox 360  —  Microsoft was expected to release Twitter, Facebook, and Last.fm apps for the Xbox 360 as part of a system software update that went out back in August, It was decided that the apps should be delayed for a fall release, but CNET got a sneak peek …
Maya Baratz / SFoodie:
Twitter is Launching Its Own ‘Fledgling’ Wine Label  —  Forget drinking the company Kool-Aid.  Twitter employees will soon be drinking the company wine.  —  ​Also known on Twitter as Bottles for Books , Fledgling Wines marks Twitter's foray into the winemaking business.
HardMac.com:
Future Mac Pro: Apple to Enjoy Short-Term Exclusive Use of Future Xeon CPU?  —  According to one of our sources, Apple is finalizing the future Mac Pro models.  They are currently testing the last evolution of Xeon CPU, known as Gulftown, that Intel only demoed a couple of times so far.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
iPhone Sales: Now Bigger Than Ever  —  It's a great time to be a phone buyer, for we are seeing a whole new crop of what The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg calls super smartphones (I prefer the simpler “superphones") come to the market.  Motorola's CLIQ, an Android-based device that launched …
Discussion: CNET News, Macworld, Computerworld and eWeek
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
False Alarm: New iPhone 3GS Not Jailbreak-Proof  —  Apple has reportedly begun shipping iPhone 3GS units with a new bootrom, which might help combat hacks enabling installation of unauthorized software.  However, iPhone hackers say Apple's new firmware only causes a temporary inconvenience …
Discussion: IntoMobile, MobileCrunch and Gizmodo
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
News Corp Lawyer: Aggregators Steal From Us!  News Corp: Hey Check Out Our Aggregator!  —  We've already covered how Rupert Murdoch has flip flopped his position on free online news, but his recent foray into blaming search engines and aggregators is really reaching the height of hypocrisy.
Discussion: MediaPost, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Twitter Begins Lists Rollout  —  Twitter has just rolled out its new Lists feature to a huge portion of its user base right now.  —  We're updating
David Talbot / Technology Review:
China Cracks Down on Tor Anonymity Network  —  A leading anonymity technology is targeted by the Chinese government for the first time.  —  For the first time, the Chinese government has attacked one of the best, most secure tools for surfing the Internet anonymously.
Economist:
Clash of the clouds  —  The launch of Windows 7 marks the end of an era in computing—and the beginning of an epic battle between Microsoft, Google, Apple and others  —  DO YOU have plans for next weekend?  If not, don't worry: perhaps a friend will be throwing a party to celebrate the launch of Windows 7 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Judge: ringtones aren't performances, so no royalties  —  Songwriters and publishers won't be able to collect royalties each time a cellphone plays an annoying musical ringtone in public, thanks to a federal judge's ruling that ringtones aren't public performances.
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Advanced Micro Devices Q3 Tops Estimates
Discussion: VentureBeat and internetnews.com
David Kaplan / paidContent:
IAB Calls For Reversal Of ‘Unfair and Unconstitutional’ FTC Blogger Regs
Spencer Ante / Creative Capital:
Tech M&A Hits 20-Month High
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Why Kai-Fu Lee Turned Down Steve Jobs (And Is Still Cool with That)
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
EXCLUSIVE: Foursquare Launches in 15 New Cities
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
Omar El Akkad / Globe and Mail:
Entrepreneurs wring cash from Twitter
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 Earlier Items: 
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
MySpace Tries to Recover Its Cool
Discussion: Digits, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Google's vision for future of search
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Spigit Raises $10 Million For Social Productivity Software
Discussion: CloudAve