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9:45 AM ET, October 21, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Google Music Service Launch Imminent  —  Google will soon launch a music service, we've heard from multiple sources, and the company has spent the last several weeks securing content for the launch of the service from the major music labels.  One source has referred to the new service as Google Audio.
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
BlackBerry Bold 9700 (Onyx) Now Official  —  RIM's new flagship device, the BlackBerry (NSDQ: RIMM) (NSDQ: RIMM) Bold 9700, has been officially announced.  If you've been following the latest leaked videos and pictures, you'd already know a fair bit about this device (including that it's coming to AT&T …
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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.
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Katie Allen / Guardian:
Pascal Cagni, head of Apple Europe, on the iPod, iPhone - and Beatles and ITV
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and mocoNews
Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek:
Apple Announces Major Consumer PC Upgrades
David Coursey / PC World:
B&N's Nook Is A Kindle Killer: 5 Reasons Why  —  Barnes & Noble's new Nook e-reader is the e-reader that competitors must now beat.  So long Kindle 2, it was nice knowing you, but a better reader has come along.  And just in time for the holidays, too.  —  If Amazon doesn't have a new model …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader leaks a bit early: $259, pre-orders are live (video)
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 …
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.
Matthew Newman / Bloomberg:
Ellison Said to Meet With Kroes to Sway EU Over Oracle's Takeover of Sun  —  Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) — Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison met with European Union Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes for negotiations over the company's acquisition of Sun Microsystems Inc., two people familiar with the talks said.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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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 …
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Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Releases API for Website Optimizer: A/B & Multivariate Testing for All
Discussion: Google Code Blog
David / my california adventures:
Time Warner cable modem/router major security hole  —  If you're a Time Warner/Road Runner internet customer, and are using a SMC8014 series cable modem/wifi router combo.  You should be aware of a serious security hole that allows anyone to access your private network and possibly capture and manipulate your private data.
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Time Warner Cable Exposes 65,000 Customer Routers to Remote Hacks
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
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 …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Web 2.0 Summit: Evan Williams Wants To Kill The Suggested User List
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:
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Comcast: Twitter Has Changed The Culture Of Our Company  —  Today at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts spoke on stage with Federated Media's John Battelle.  For the first part of the discussion, they talked about the usual stuff: the state of the industry, competition, and the like.
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 …
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.
Robert MacMillan / MediaFile:
The Wall Street Journal — now for ‘professionals’  —  The Wall Street Journal, ever on the hunt for new ways to please its readers and new ways to make money (and what, we ask, is wrong with that?), will launch a new, pricier version this November.  Called “The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Is Microsoft Poised to Integrate Twitter Into Bing?  —  According to sources, Microsoft is close to striking a nonexclusive data-mining deal with Twitter to integrate the microblogging service's full feed into its results of its Bing search service.  —  News of the deal, which was still …
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 …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Google Envisions 10 Million Servers  —  Google never says how many servers are running in its data centers.  But a recent presentation by a Google engineer shows that the company is preparing to manage as many as 10 million servers in the future.  —  Google's Jeff Dean was one of the keynote speakers …
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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David Barrett-Kahn / The Official Google Blog:
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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Exclusive: Google Plans Its Own Android Phone