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12:10 PM 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) …
Discussion: SlashGear and The iPhone Blog
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Google to blend search, music in One Box  —  Update 8:09 a.m. PDT: Comment added from Google and more details added throughout.  —  Correction at 7:55 a.m. PDT: An earlier version incorrectly stated who would compensate the labels.  Lala and iLike will pay them, according to sources.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and GMSV
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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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 …
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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Guess Who Else Is Coming to Dinner?  Twitter-Microsoft Bing Deal Confirmed, But So Is Facebook-Bing  —  In a stunning one-two punch, Microsoft will announce separate deals with both Facebook and Twitter to integrate their real-time feed of status updates into the Bing search service.
Discussion: The Next Web
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Is Microsoft Poised to Integrate Twitter Into Bing?
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Hires New M&A Head-But Whither Greg Mrva?  —  Yahoo has hired a new head of mergers and acquisitions-former General Electric (GE) M&A exec Andrew Siegel, who will now be VP of corporate development.  —  Yahoo (YHOO) CFO Tim Morse dropped the news with exactly no details about that title …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Carriers Eye Pay-As-You-Go Internet  —  Amid Government Push to Open Networks, Some See Cover for Pricing Based on Usage  —  In the early years of the Internet, the more time people spent online, the more they paid a provider like AOL for their connection.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Smart phones will get smarter, cheaper and consume less battery with newest ARM chip  —  ARM is announcing today its newest microprocessor that will be the brains of smart phones and other gadgets that need fast performance and long battery life.  —  ARM design microprocessors that are licensed …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Office Web Apps Expands, More Invited to Join Technical Preview  —  Office Web Applications, the browser-based versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, are now being made available to more users according to a post on the Windows Live Team blog.
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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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Web 2.0: GE's Jeff Immelt shows off “stethoscope of the 21st century”
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