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10:35 AM ET, October 22, 2009

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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft starts selling PCs online  —  NEW YORK—In a surprise move, Microsoft has started selling computers and third-party software via its online store.  —  It's part of a broader push to try to give Windows the kind of lift that Apple has gotten from its network of retail stores.
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Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft releases Windows 7  —  It's midnight (Eastern time) on Thursday, October 22, 2009, which can only mean one thing: Windows 7 is now officially released.  —  Largely seen as a polishing of Microsoft's dud Windows Vista - and a much-awaited polishing - the new operating system …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7's Big Day Tomorrow + New Offers Announced!  —  Tomorrow's our big day - Windows 7 officially launches and hits General Availability (or GA as we have acronyms for everything).  That means Windows 7 will be available for purchase worldwide!  I thought I'd take a moment to highlight …
Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
RT @google: Tweets and updates and search, oh my!  —  At Google, our goal is to create the most comprehensive, relevant and fast search in the world.  In the past few years, an entirely new type of data has emerged — real-time updates like those on Twitter have appeared not only as a way for people …
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Telegraph:
Facebook public updates go live on Bing ‘within two months’  —  Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, has confirmed its search deal with Microsoft's Bing is expected to launch within two months and that Facebook isn't making any money from the arrangement.
Bing / Search Blog:
Bing is Bringing Twitter Search to You  —  One of the most interesting things going on today on the Internet is the notion of the real time web.  The idea of accessing data in real time has been an elusive goal in the world of search.  Web indexes in search engines update at pretty amazing rates …
Will Chen / Facebook Blog:
A New Tune for Facebook Gifts  —  We're continuing to enhance the Facebook Gift Shop so you have more ways to express your appreciation for the people in your life.  A couple months ago, we took a first step by testing new types of gifts created by developers, including e-cards …
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Peter Burrows / Tech Beat:
LaLa's Big Day  —  Earlier today, I spoke with Lala Media …
Discussion: The Register
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Music Service: The Screenshots
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Web 2.0 Summit: Marissa Mayer Shows Off Social Search, Results From Your Social Networks  —  At the Web 2.0 Summit today in San Francisco, Google's Marissa Mayer unexpected came on stage to unveil a new product.  She first announced that Google has also reached a deal with Twitter …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How The iPhone Is Blowing Everyone Else Away (In Charts)  —  Yesterday at the Web 2.0 Summit, Morgan Stanley Internet analyst Mary Meeker did her annual data dump slide presentation, this year focusing on the growth prospects of the mobile Web.  As usual, there were 3 or 4 slides …
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Ballmer Talks Natal, Says Blu-ray Add-On for Xbox Coming  —  In the first segment of our exclusive Steve Ballmer interview series, the Microsoft CEO and I talk about Natal, the blurring of console generations, and the surprising assertion that “you'll be able to get” Blu-ray add-on drives for Xbox 360.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's new 27 inch iMac designed to also work as a display  —  Apple has designed its new 27" iMac model to serve as an external display for DisplayPort devices such as recent MacBook and MacBook Pros.  —  The new model is the first all-in-one system from Apple that doubles as an external display.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Computerworld and Gizmodo
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Dvorak joins the Win7 basher brigade  —  Man, you know things are bad when even this f**khead turns on you.  Dvorak says Win7 is just a “Vista martini.”  But you'll never guess what's really got him soiling his Depends.  —  It's that the Borg flacks don't call and fawn all over him anymore.
Discussion: PC Magazine
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Toshiba Dynario fuel-cell: the battery revolution begins October 29th  —  We can hardly believe it but the day has finally arrived: Toshiba just launched the first Dynario fuel-cell for portable consumer electronics.  That's right, the long promised and highly anticipated direct methanol fuel-cell …
Discussion: Toshiba
Robert MacMillan / MediaFile:
MySpace: A place for musicians... and their friends  —  It appears to be Music Wednesday on the Internet.  On the same day that reports began circulating that Google and Facebook will launch a host of new music features, News Corp's MySpace is turning up the volume on its own music offering.
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Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
MySpace abandons race with Facebook
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Web 2.0 Summit: V For Van Natta: The Socialization Of Content
Discussion: Bits and NewTeeVee, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Box.net Launches Integration With Salesforce  —  Box.net, the online file storage and sharing service, has just launched integration with Salesforce.com.  Starting today businesses will be able to add a Box.net app to their Salesforce accounts, allowing them to quickly access their documents …
Michelle Chen / Google Mobile Blog:
Layers come to Google Maps for BlackBerry  —  We're excited to announce that version 3.2 of Google Maps for mobile is now available for BlackBerry.  This release contains many of the same features we recently launched on Windows Mobile and S60, including Layers.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T cuts churn rate; Activates 3.2 million iPhones; Touts network upgrades  —  AT&T's bet on the iPhone continues to work well.  The company reported a better-than-expected third quarter, delivered post paid churn of 1.17 percent (a low for AT&T), activated 3.2 million iPhones and boosted data revenue by 33.6 percent.
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Engineers create fingernail-size chip that holds 1TB of data  —  The process also shows promise for boosting vehicles' fuel economy  —  Computerworld - Engineers have created a new fingernail-size chip that can hold 1 trillion bytes (a terabyte) of data — 50 times the capacity of today's best silicon-based chip technologies.
Discussion: Softpedia News and NC State
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
New BFFs Verizon, Google agree on net neutrality, except for wireless  —  In a joint statement with Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam said he agrees with the FCC's push to codify existing net neutrality guidelines and handle violations on a case-by-case basis.
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook shows off new homepage for touchscreen phones  —  Facebook is testing a new mobile homepage designed for touchscreen phones.  You can try it here at http://touch.facebook.com.  After launching apps for both the iPhone and Google's Android platform, Facebook still has to work …
Discussion: Geekword
 
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Michael Wyszomierski / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Study: More companies have cloud computing on their radar
Tom Hogarty / Lightroom Journal:
Lightroom 3 beta now available
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Gadget Lab and Crave
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's new iMacs viewed as boon for sagging desktop sales
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Vevo negotiating with EMI and Warner Music
Discussion: Softpedia News and Mashable!
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Skype Hits 521 Million Users And $185 Million In Quarterly Revenue
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Schmidt: Enterprise is Google's next opportunity
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