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8:50 PM ET, October 20, 2009

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Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek:
Apple Announces Major Consumer PC Upgrades  —  Hot on the heels of its knockout earnings report from last night, Apple is seizing more attention today with a significant upgrade to its consumer PC lines, specifically the entry-level MacBook, the iMac, and the Mac Mini.  —  Here's the rundown:
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Apple declares war on the entire PC industry  —  There is absolutely nothing coincidental about Apple launching new products today.  The big product launch is Apple's first preemptive marketing strike against Microsoft, Windows 7 and the entire PC industry.
Janette Barrios / Apple:
Apple Updates MacBook With LED-Backlit Display, Multi-Touch Trackpad & Built-in Seven-Hour Battery  —  Apple® today updated its popular MacBook® with a new, durable polycarbonate unibody design featuring a brilliant LED-backlit display, a glass Multi-Touch™ trackpad …
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Apple overhauls iMac line, with 21.5-, 27-inch models  —  All-in-one line to also add a quad-core processor  —  Apple on Tuesday announced a major update to its iMac line of desktop computers, replacing the old 20- and 24-inch models with new 21.5-inch and 27-inch models featuring …
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Apple quietly unveils new hardware remote
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Apple updates Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme with speed boost
Discussion: MacRumors, iLounge and TUAW
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Apple updates Mac mini, adding server configuration
Discussion: Gizmodo, TUAW and Gearlog
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Exclusive: Google Plans Its Own Android Phone  —  NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Move over, Apple (AAPL Quote), Research In Motion (RIMM Quote) and Motorola (MOT Quote), Google (GOOG Quote) is jumping into the smartphone market with an Android phone of its own.  —  In what is likely to be seen …
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Google to Sell Its Own Android Phone at Retail
Discussion: Electronista
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader leaks a bit early: $259, pre-orders are live (video)  —  Looks like all those whispers were true — the “Android-based” nook is alive and well, and it's calling itself the planet's “most advanced e-book reader.”  Measuring 7.7- x 4.9- x 0.5-inches and weighing 11.2 ounces …
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Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Calgary live photos: Verizon's second Motorola Android device  —  If you thought you were in Android heaven, think again.  We've just been given the go-ahead from one of our Motorola connects, and what you're looking at is the Motorola Calgary (that's a codename you might remember) slated to hit Verizon.
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results  —  Maintains Strong Balance Sheet with over $4.5 Billion in Cash and Marketable Debt Securities  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO - News) today reported revenues of $1,575 million for the quarter ended September 30 …
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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:   Yahoo Third-Quarter Profit Climbs After Company Pares Jobs and Businesses
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Stallman Urges EC to Stop Oracle Acquisition of Sun  —  Digital civil liberties organization Open Rights Group and Knowledge Ecology International and software developer Richard Stallman told the EC in a letter that they are both concerned with Oracle's possible squashing of competition in the database market by abandoning MySQL
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Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Beleaguered Sun Forced to Lay Off 3,000 More Employees
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple ‘optimistic’ to extend iTunes in Europe in the next year
Discussion: Electronista
Jeff Gillis / Google Analytics Blog:
Google Analytics Now More Powerful, Flexible And Intelligent  —  Today, we're announcing a new set of Google Analytics features which builds on last year's enterprise-class feature launch.  Some add more power to existing capabilities.  Others provide new flexibility to further customize …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Web 2.0 Summit: The king for cable giant Comcast, surprisingly, is content  —  Brian Roberts, chief executive of cable giant Comcast, said that his company continues to invest on faith in faster Internet access and bigger digital cables into consumers' homes.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Comcast: Twitter Has Changed The Culture Of Our Company
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
jwz:
Dear Palm, it's just not working out.  —  computers, fanboys, mac, phones, switch  —  King Cannibal — So... Embrace the Minimum  —  Folks, I couldn't take it any more.  Today I wiped my Palm Pre and bought an iPhone.  —  Believe it or not, this actually has nothing …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Mary Meeker: Economy Is Recovering, Mobile Is Exploding, And The iPhone Is Awesome.  —  Today at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Morgan Stanley Managing Director, Mary Meeker, gave her usual quick presentation with a ton of information.  Rather than trying to squeeze it all in …
Discussion: VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
David Barrett-Kahn / The Official Google Blog:
Manage your tasks with Google  —  People use all kinds of tools to help them get stuff done — paper to-do lists, messages with a certain label or stars in Gmail, notes in Google Calendar, a couple different iGoogle gadgets and so on.  Late last year, we added a lightweight way to help …
Discussion: Maximum PC
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia's new Cloud 3D platform to vastly improve web-based 3-D imagery  —  Graphics chip maker Nvidia today introduced Cloud 3D, a platform that will make it much easier to for developers to create powerful 3-D graphics technology and show it to users by the millions via cloud computing.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
We Ask a Twitter Co-Founder, What's Up with Fail Whale?  —  Q&A: Former Quality-Control Engineer on How Twitter Can Make Money, and Why Biz and Ev Send Such Boring Tweets  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Twitter was the brainchild of Jack Dorsey, but it was birthed in 2006 by Mr. Dorsey …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter CEO: Lots Of Ways To Make Money, But 97% Not Focused On It Today  —  Twitter CEO Evan Williams sat down to talk with John Battelle at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.  (See all of our coverage here.)  —  Battelle, whose Federated Media provides Twitter with some of its meager …
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Mashable!
Tim Karr / savetheinternet.com/blog:
AT&T Boss Asks Employees to Fake It  —  AT&T has “asked' its employees to fake it in the fight against Net Neutrality.  —  The company's top policy officer sent a memo to workers on Monday urging them to hide their company affiliation before posting anti-Net Neutrality comments to the Federal Communication Commission's Web site.
 
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Vincent Paquet / Google Voice Blog:
About Voicemail and Privacy
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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