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3:55 AM ET, October 22, 2009

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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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Twitter Blog:
@google Nice!  —  Our friends down in Mountain View want to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.  A fast growing amount of information is coursing through Twitter very quickly, and we want there to be many ways to access that information.
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 …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Guess Who Else Is Coming to Dinner? …
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 …
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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 …
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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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's New Social Search Is A Big Chess Move Against Facebook  —  Web search, real-time search and social search.  That's a pretty compelling combination and it's what both Google and Facebook both put on the table today in a head-to-head competiton.  Google's Marissa Mayer did a short …
Discussion: Search Engine Watch, Thanks:atul
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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Brad Stone / Bits:
Hot on Heels of Google, Facebook to Take First Step Into Music  —  Several reports Wednesday indicate that Google is set to roll-out a music service at an event at the iconic Capitol Records building in Hollywood next Wednesday.  The service, we've confirmed from three people briefed on the details …
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
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 …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Verizon CEO slams Net neutrality  —  CHICAGO—The day before the FCC is expected to start the ball rolling on new regulations to keep the Internet open, Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg painted a doomsday picture of what could happen in the industry if stricter rules are imposed.
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Google Public Policy Blog:
Finding common ground on an open Internet
Discussion: CNET News
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
New BFFs Verizon, Google agree on net neutrality, except for wireless
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Maximum PC
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Music Service: The Screenshots  —  None of the companies involved will confirm the new Google Music service - we have “no comments” or absolute silence from Google, LaLa, MySpace and iLike.  But the new service is all but confirmed.  And we have the screenshots showing how the service …
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
New Verizon Droid Dates: October 28, November 9  —  We've got fresh news today on the Verizon/Motorola Droid front.  Verizon Wireless's first (and highly-awaited) Android phone is now tipped to do ... something ... November 9, according to a small postcard I got in the mail from Verizon's PR agency today (shown at left.)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Flickr Adds People Tagging.  And It's Better Than Facebook's.  —  My mother always yells at me when she looks at my pictures on Flickr, saying that I don't take enough pictures of people.  The truth is, I do, I just put most of those on Facebook because it's a billion times better for pictures …
Discussion: Flickr Blog, Download Squad and CNET News, Thanks:thinkmantra
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Even Star Investors Can't Save DotBlu From The DeadPool  —  DotBlu, which we first covered in 2007 when it was called BluBet, had some of Silicon Valley's highest profile angel investors backing it.  But it wasn't enough, and company hit the deadpool earlier this week.
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) …
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Apple Shares Hit Intraday High  —  Yes, it's true.  Apple's stock at the moment sits at the rarified price of $205.04—higher than the former best of $202.96 set on Dec. 27, 2007.  Amazing, considering the state of the economy.  But understandable in many ways, given the company's blockbuster fourth quarter …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
eBay: Confusion Reigns On Q4 Outlook  —  So here is a question the stock market will answer at tomorrow's opening bell: Did eBay (EBAY) needlessly cause a sell-off in its stock in after-hours trading by issuing confusing Q4 guidance?  —  In announcing Q3 earnings earlier this afternoon …
Discussion: Digital Daily and WebProNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Skype Hits 521 Million Users And $185 Million In Quarterly Revenue  —  Even though it is embroiled in a nasty legal battle with its founders over its future, Skype continues to rack up impressive numbers.  In today's third quarter earnings from eBay (which still owns Skype, but is preparing to unload it) …
Discussion: MarketWatch
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Vevo negotiating with EMI and Warner Music  —  EMI and Warner Music Group, the two smallest of the four top recording companies, has begun discussing the possibility of joining Vevo, the music-video venture created by Universal Music Group.  —  Universal Music, the largest of the major labels …
 
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