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9:30 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 …
AppleInsider:
Apple quietly unveils new hardware remote
AppleInsider:
Apple updates Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme with speed boost
Discussion: MacRumors, TUAW and iLounge
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
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: ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat and Mashable!
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.
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: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Mashable!
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Yahoo's VP Applications Scott Dietzen Calls It Quits  —  We've just learned that Scott Dietzen, VP Applications at Yahoo and thus responsible for key products such as Yahoo! Mail, Messenger, Flickr, Answers, Groups, and Zimbra, has left the company.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Mobile 6.5.1, the 6.5 that should have been  —  Windows Mobile 6.5.1 screenshots courtesy Patrick/OSNN.net  —  Most of you probably know by now that Windows Mobile 6.5 is not the be all end all Microsoft mobile operating system.  However, what you might not know is that Microsoft …
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ning Launches Virtual Gifts, Allows Network Creators To Design Their Own  —  Today Ning, the platform that lets users build their own social networks, is launching a new feature called Ning Virtual Gifts, bringing a built-in virtual goods store to the site's 1.6 million networks.
Discussion: Bits, The Social and broadstuff
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Web 2.0 Summit: Evan Williams Wants To Kill The Suggested User List
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
‘Gossip Girl’ actor cast as ConnectU founders in ‘The Social Network’
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Benchmark Brings in Another Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Discussion: VentureBeat
Barbara Kiviat / Time:
Skype and Job Interviews: Webcam Meetings on the Rise
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Bill Keller trying to read the Times “mostly in digital forms”
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Unity Technologies Raises $5.5 Million From Sequoia Capital
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Crystal Archbell / Market Wire:
AudienceScience Secures $20M in Venture Funding From Existing …
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Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Calling America's bluff on Internet gambling
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Condé Nast Tries Turning the App Store Into a Newsstand …
Discussion: AdAge, Netly, Gizmodo and Seeking Alpha
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple ‘optimistic’ to extend iTunes in Europe in the next year
Discussion: Electronista
Vincent Paquet / Google Voice Blog:
About Voicemail and Privacy
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
City committee declines to recommend Google e-mail contract
Discussion: DailyFinance and CNET News
Daniel Roth / Wired News:
The Answer Factory: Fast, Disposable, and Profitable as Hell
 

 
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