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9:55 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.
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 …
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's New Social Search Is A Big Chess Move Against Facebook
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Amazon's international Kindle surprises owners with $20 refund, limited web browsing  —  The only thing better than unannounced functionality is an automatic, surprise refund on your purchase.  With the international version of Amazon's 6-inch Kindle you get both.
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, Gizmodo and Computerworld
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
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.
Google Public Policy Blog:
Finding common ground on an open Internet
Discussion: CNET News
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: Launches Integration With Salesforce  —, the online file storage and sharing service, has just launched integration with  Starting today businesses will be able to add a app to their Salesforce accounts, allowing them to quickly access their documents …
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.
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
MySpace abandons race with Facebook
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
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Study: More companies have cloud computing on their radar  —  Despite high-profile online glitches and the difficult economy, the past nine months have seen a notable increase in the number of companies testing or planning to implement cloud computing as part of their operations …
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  After launching apps for both the iPhone and Google's Android platform, Facebook still has to work …
Discussion: Geekword
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.)
Tom Hogarty / Lightroom Journal:
Lightroom 3 beta now available  —  The Lightroom team is proud to introduce the third public beta program of our application designed by and for digital photographers.  We've come a long way since our very first public beta on January 9th 2006 at MacWorld.  (We didn't even have a crop tool in the first release!)
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Gadget Lab and Crave
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