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12:25 AM ET, October 21, 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.
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 …
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 …
AppleInsider:
Apple quietly unveils new hardware remote
AppleInsider:
Apple updates Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme with speed boost
Discussion: MacRumors, TUAW and iLounge
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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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 …
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.
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
Chuong Nguyen / pocketnow.com:
Windows Mobile 7 Exclusive Screenshots and Analysis!  —  We've seen the 6.5.1 leaks from WMExperts today that combined TouchFLO 3D and 6.5.1 together into a tidy package along with the leaks of the Windows Mobile 7 mockups earlier.  Now, our very own tipster has delivered …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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!
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 …
Dave Kellogg / Mark Logic CEO Blog:
Gartner Sued Over Magic Quadrant for Alleged Damages of $132M plus Punitives of $1.3B  —  I found this story today, entitled Gartner's Magic Quadrant Goes to Court, about ZL Technologies who, citing damages of $132M, has decided to sue Gartner over its Magic Quadrants.  From ZL's web page on the suit:
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Web 2.0: GE's Jeff Immelt shows off “stethoscope of the 21st century”  —  Jeff Immelt, the chief executive officer of General Electric, showed off what he called the “stethoscope of the 21st century” at the Web 2.0 Summit today.  —  He held up a white gadget with a flip-out screen …
Discussion: Associated Press and CNET News
Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Droid mailers go out, scare children  —  Ready for more Motorola Droid nonsense?  Good.  We've just got a couple images of a promotional mailer that went out to one of our connects.  It has a pretty decent shot of the device on it (What?  You need more photos?) and those ever-clever “I do” key features the Droid, uh, does.
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
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Web 2.0: Zynga's Mark Pincus predicts an economy built around social apps  —  Social gaming company Zynga has been one of the primary beneficiaries of Facebook's rapid growth to a social network of more than 300 million people.  —  The San Francisco-based company has been able …
Discussion: TechCrunch and O'Reilly Radar
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Time Warner Cable Exposes 65,000 Customer Routers to Remote Hacks  —  A vulnerability in a Time Warner cable modem and Wi-Fi router deployed to 65,000 customers would allow a hacker to remotely access the device's administrative menu over the internet, and potentially change the settings …
 
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Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Trial set to begin in economic espionage case involving China
Discussion: LAW.com
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
ZillionTV gets a new CEO
Discussion: NewTeeVee and XYHD.tv
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
David Barrett-Kahn / The Official Google Blog:
Manage your tasks with Google
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ning Launches Virtual Gifts, Allows Network Creators To Design Their Own
Discussion: The Social and Bits
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Bill Keller trying to read the Times “mostly in digital forms”
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Unity Technologies Raises $5.5 Million From Sequoia Capital
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 and Netly
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple ‘optimistic’ to extend iTunes in Europe in the next year
Discussion: Electronista