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4:10 AM ET, October 21, 2009

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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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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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Apple quietly unveils new hardware remote
Discussion: Macworld, Gearlog and MacRumors
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Apple updates Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme with speed boost
Discussion: iLounge and TUAW
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Introduces Magic Mouse - A Multi-Touch Mouse
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Apple intros MacBook overhaul with LED display, 7-hour battery
Discussion: MacRumors
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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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.
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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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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 …
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!
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.
Emily Fredrix / Canadian Press:
Coca-Cola to send 3 bloggers around the world in marketing campaign; 206 countries in a year  —  MILWAUKEE — Coca-Cola Co. is launching a new social media push that will send three bloggers to more than 200 countries in a year to uncover what makes people happy, as part of the soft drink maker's “Open Happiness” campaign.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
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.
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: Howard Lindzon and paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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
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 …
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
House Republican Asks FCC to Stop Open Internet Vote  —  If you're a fan of net neutrality, meet your next enemy.  Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who has asked the FCC to stop a planned vote on open Internet rules.
Discussion: Dow Jones Newswires
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Quanta takes stake in gesture control maker  —  While Panasonic, Sony, and other heavy hitters in the consumer electronics world are working hard to bring 3D to TVs, a far less recognizable name is working to bring 3D to computer interfaces.  —  You might never have heard of Canesta …
Discussion: VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
 
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Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Web 2.0: Zynga's Mark Pincus predicts an economy built around social apps
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