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11:10 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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Partner With iLike And LaLa For New Music Service  —  Google will partner with iLike and LaLa for their new music service, we've learned.  And the announcement date is Wednesday, October 28, 2009.  —  Press, including us, received an invitation this morning (see ticket image above) …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Google to blend search, music in One Box  —  Google will soon launch a music initiative, which the company at this point is calling One Box, which will offer song previews, artist bios, graphics, and video.  —  The search engine, however, will not be selling downloads or offering subscriptions.
Discussion: GMSV
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Business Wire:
T-Mobile USA to Offer First 3G BlackBerry Smartphone with Voice Calling over Wi-Fi  —  New BlackBerry Bold 9700 from T-Mobile delivers 3G speeds, Wi-Fi Calling, GPS and more  —  BELLEVUE, Wash.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability …
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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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.6.2 to have native support for Apple's Magic Mouse
Discussion: Macworld and Softpedia News
Andrew Thomas / TG Daily:
Amazon: Windows 7 is ‘the biggest pre-order product of all time’  —  Windows 7 has beaten boy wizard Harry Potter to become the biggest pre-order product of all time in the UK, says Amazon.  —  The UK arm of the retail behemoth adds that the new operating system sold more copies …
Discussion: Telegraph, Erictric, Gizmodo and Engadget
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)
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.
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 …
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:
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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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Dell Streak 5-inch 3G Android MID leaks [Update: Video!]  —  After Dell CEO Michael Dell confirmed that the company's Android smartphone would, in fact, make it to the US - albeit with some changes from the original Chinese model - details of a second Android-based device have leaked.
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
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.)  —  Bonus: Photos from Web 2.0 Summit  —  Battelle, whose Federated Media provides Twitter …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Web 2.0 Summit: Evan Williams Wants To Kill The Suggested User List
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.
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 the results of its Bing search service.  —  News of the deal, which was still …
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.
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 …
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
Deborah Gage / PE Hub Blog:
Keiretsu Forum To Drop Fees For Early-Stage Startups  —  The angel network is asking chapters to waive their presentation fees for “true startups” — companies that have no revenue and less than $500,000 in capital and are trying to raise less than $500,000 from investors, said Randy Williams, Keiretsu's founder and CEO.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mobile Social Network Wars: Loopt Acquires GraffitiGEO  —  Loopt, the New Enterprise Associates and Sequoia-backed mobile social network, has acquired a relative newcomer to the scene - Y Combinator startup GraffitiGEO.  Multiple sources have confirmed the acquisition, although neither company is commenting.
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
 
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