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1:10 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  —  Google will soon launch a music initiative, which the company at this point is calling a One Box for music, to offer song previews, artist bios, graphics, and video.  —  The search engine, however, will not be selling downloads or offering subscriptions.
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 nonexclusive deals today with both Facebook and Twitter to integrate their real-time feed of status updates into the Bing search service.
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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 …
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  —  Native support for Apple's new multi-touch Magic Mouse will require the unreleased Mac OS X 10.6.2 or later, the new hardware's user manual states.  —  Apple's new mouse works with both hardware and software to sense finger position …
Discussion: Macworld and Softpedia News
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.
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.
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 …
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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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: eWeek and Softpedia News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! To Come Full Circle With News Link Curation Site  —  Yahoo! started out as a hand-curated directory of links and will now recognize the value of manual curation again in a new project to be run by respected online journalist Andrew Golis.  That according to Golis himself …
Discussion: Andrew Golis, Thanks:mgcreed
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.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
RIM is working on a WebKit browser for BlackBerry, and they need help  —  RIM is good at plenty of stuff: As any sore-thumbed business-type could tell you, they've got the whole email thing down.  They can pump out software updates for a bunch of handsets at an outright impressive pace.
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.
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 …
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.
Ben Grubb / iTnews.com.au:
Classification board seeks to censor iPhone apps  —  Call for ratings system to apply to games distributed as mobile apps.  —  The Australian Classification Board has written to Communications Minister Stephen Conroy expressing concerns that mobile phone applications are being made available …
Thanks:bryceroney
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Tracked.com Launches Massive Structured Database Of People And Companies  —  It isn't often that a startup can raise nearly $12 million dollars and work in stealth for a year and a half without anyone noticing.  But that's exactly what Tracked has done - and today they're launching …
Discussion: A VC and Union Square Ventures
Amy Schatz / Digits:
Angels Weigh In on Net Neutrality  —  Given the level of sturm and drang over the FCC's proposed net-neutrality rules over the past week, it might be a little hard to believe the FCC hasn't even released its proposal yet.  The earliest anyone outside of the agency will see the FCC's 50-ish page proposal is Thursday.
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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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
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Discussion: NewTeeVee and VentureBeat
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
House Republican Asks FCC to Stop Open Internet Vote
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Web 2.0: GE's Jeff Immelt shows off “stethoscope of the 21st century”
Discussion: Agence France Presse