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2:40 PM ET, October 22, 2009

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Trevin Chow:
The New Microsoft Store launches with Windows 7  —  You've read the amazing reviews and now the day is finally here.  Without a doubt, one of the biggest launches of the year is Windows 7!  —  It's available for immediate purchase where you can choose to either have it shipped to you or to download it direct from Microsoft.
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Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Microsoft Launches Windows 7  —  Microsoft hopes that its first operating system in three years, Windows 7, makes a big splash, starting with its official launch Thursday.  —  The software company is counting on Windows 7 to help it stave off competition from Apple, and PC makers …
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.
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 …
Nokia:
Nokia sues Apple in Delaware District Court for infringement of Nokia GSM, UMTS and WLAN patents  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia announced that it has today filed a complaint against Apple with the Federal District Court in Delaware, alleging that Apple's iPhone infringes Nokia patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards.
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Lame Nokia Sues Apple Over iPhone Patent Infringement  —  Nokia is suing Apple over the iPhone, claiming patent infringement for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards.  —  Nokia licenses these technologies to other companies but says Apple has not paid for the right to use them ever.
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.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
A look inside Apple's new 27-inch iMac (teardown photos)  —  Just days after its unveiling, Apple's newest Mac desktop hardware has been disassembled, revealing the tightly-packed innards of the 27-inch iMac hidden behind its 11-pound screen.  —  The new 27-inch iMac features a large 2560 by 1440 pixel LED-backlit display.
Discussion: Ars Technica and MacRumors
Fawn Johnson / Dow Jones Newswires:
FCC OKs open Internet proposal with Republican dissent  —  Mobile operators concerned new rules will make it harder to manage limited bandwidth.  —  The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a much-anticipated open Internet proposal despite concerns of commission Republicans …
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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.
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.
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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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Every Win 7 Tablet is a Multitouch Color Kindle (With This App)  —  One of the “surprises” at the Windows 7 keynote: a multitouch Kindle app for Windows 7 from Amazon.  Ebook reading with pinch text zooming, and yes, color photos.  Looks great.  A full-color shot:
Keiko Morris / Newsday:
Newsday.com moves to subscriber model  —  Beginning Wednesday, most of Newsday.com  —  content will only be available to subscribers of Optimum Online, Newsday, or those willing to pay for it.  —  Those who are not customers of Optimum Online or the newspaper - both owned …
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company Reports 2009 Third-Quarter Results  —  The New York Times Company announced today 2009 third-quarter results.  — Operating profit excluding depreciation, amortization, severance and the special items discussed below grew 30.2 percent to $80.6 million …
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.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Mac OS X 10.6.2 set to ship as latest dev beta seems bug-free  —  Apple developers are currently testing the latest pre-release beta, Mac OS X 10.6.2, and the good news is the software appears relatively bug-free, suggesting it may ship imminently.  —  There's two big reasons Mac users …
Discussion: OS X BraZil and ithinkdifferent
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
Phone Arena:
Motorola Droid coming to Best Buy on 24 October?  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  The Motorola Droid is one of the most frequently mentioned handsets these days.  Supposedly, the first Android-based device to be offered by Verizon will be showcased on 28 October in New York.
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 and Electricpig.co.uk
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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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Exploring Ad-Supported Operating Systems?  —  In an unusual patent application filed in 2008, Apple explores the possibility of integrated ads into an operating system.  The graphics provided even show how it might be integrated into Mac OS X (see above).
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 and Agence France Presse
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 …
 
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Harry Wallop / Telegraph:
Apple's iPod shuffle ‘worst’ mp3 player
Discussion: Macsimum News and T3.com News
Computerworld:
McAfee Announces Strategy to Lead Email Security Market
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Organic Motion Gets $7.4M to Go Virtual
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
More Twitter Love From Microsoft As It Sets Up @MicrosoftHelps
Discussion: Channel 10 and Erictric
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
CA Launches Internet Security Suite Plus 2010
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
DailyMotion raises €17 million, with French government help
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Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Engineers create fingernail-size chip that holds 1TB of data
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Tom Hogarty / Lightroom Journal:
Lightroom 3 beta now available
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
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