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7:40 AM ET, October 23, 2009

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Motorola Droid makes appearance on Motorola's site  —  Uh... so much for an announcement event?  Or Motorola just doesn't know what the hell is going on (most likely the reason), because the Motorola Droid makes an official appearance on Moto's U.S. site.  It just might be that we were sent …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Apple Ads' New Target: Windows 7 (See the Videos!)  —  Here are the three new Apple (AAPL) commercials trying to take a smack on the launch of Windows 7 (MSFT), the new operating system software from Microsoft.  —  The “Get a Mac” advertising features the PC and Mac guys, as usual, but are quite a bit meaner than usual.
Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
Windows 7 is a triumph in the operating system's line  —  Windows 7 Demo … I found Windows 7, officially released Thursday, to be confusing and disorienting from the very start.  I felt lost: where was the familiar sensation of pain, frustration and rage that has acted as the compass guiding …
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Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
Mozilla's Raindrop: An Open Conversation Aggregator  —  While most conversation aggregators are concerned with harnessing your river of data, Mozilla is breaking it down into manageable raindrops.  According to a morning blog post on the Mozilla Labs site the company is launching the prototype …
Discussion: The Register, TechCrunch and Maximum PC
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Claire Atkinson / Broadcasting & Cable:
Chase Carey: Hulu to Charge in 2010  —  News Corp. Deputy Chairman Chase Carey opened the B&C OnScreen summit to discuss where he sees the business going.  “It's time to start getting paid for broadcast content online,” he said.  Carey said that while everyone cites the infamous Jeff Zucker quip that …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The New CNN.com (First Screenshots)  —  Today, CNN has invited a number of journalists to One Time Warner Center in New York City to witness a preview of the new CNN.com homepage (they're calling the event “The Unveiling").  The site serves as one of the Internet's most popular news sites …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Excitement For Hardware Keeps Sergey Brin Up At Night.  And Maybe Chrome For Mac Too.  —  Google co-founder Sergey Brin made a surprise appearance at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco today.  He spoke briefly with John Battelle.  —  Of note, Brin said that he's excited about Twitter's success …
Beverly Yang / Official Google Reader Blog:
Reading gets personal with Popular items and Personalized ranking  —  (Cross-posted with the Official Google Blog)  —  Today, we're launching two changes to Google Reader to help you discover more interesting content faster.  Just as the launch of Personalized Search improved search results based …
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon's HTC Desire spotted in the wild, lauching soon  —  Had enough Android goodness yet?  Good, neither have we.  While we don't have many new details on this one we do have an image — and isn't an image worth 1,000 words after all?  This HTC, Verizon branded, touch-screen Android handset …
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
We have no plans for Blu-Ray on Xbox 360  —  During an interview yesterday, Steve Ballmer was asked about Blu-Ray and the Xbox 360.  I wanted to clear something up.  Steve was referring to Blu-Ray accessories for the PC.  As we have said in the past, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Now Accounts For 1 In 4 Internet Pageviews  —  Here's a startling conclusion by Perry Drake of database marketing firm Drake Direct:  —  Facebook accounts for 25% of U.S. online pageviews.  —  Perry's analysis was prompted by a study showing that the figure in the U.K. is 1 in 7.
Amazon.com:
Introducing “Kindle for PC” — The Free Application for Reading Kindle Books on the PC  —  Latest Kindle Application Brings over 360,000 Kindle Books, Including New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases, to the PC  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced “Kindle for PC,” …
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John Ribeiro / PC World:
Google Placates India, China With Different Map Versions  —  Google has hit upon an interesting way of placating both China and India over the way its map application displays Arunachal Pradesh, a region whose ownership is disputed by the two countries.  —  The Chinese version …
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Grant Gross / Computerworld:
McCain introduces bill to block FCC's net neutrality rules  —  IDG News Service - U.S. Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), has introduced legislation that would block the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from creating new net neutrality rules, on the same day that the FCC took the first step toward doing so.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Sean Parker: Twitter/Facebook Will Soon Dominate The Web — Not Google.  —  Sean Parker, a managing partner at Founder's Fund, gave an interesting talk today at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.  The key to it is simple: Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and eBay will dominate the web going forward.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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BART partners with location-based service Foursquare to encourage transit ridership  —  Bay Area Rapid Transit has become the first transit agency to partner with the location-based mobile network Foursquare, with the goal of encouraging public transit use.  —  Foursquare combines social …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple: Official Boot Camp Support for Windows 7 Coming Later This Year  —  With the release of Windows 7 today, Apple has posted a new support article announcing that official support for running Windows 7 on Macs using Apple's Boot Camp solution will be coming later this year.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Looking beyond the open source battle  —  Software pioneer Mitch Kapor thinks Microsoft's war against open source is over - and that it must be seen in its historical context  —  For years, the battle between the open source movement and Microsoft bordered on religious warfare.
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 28% to $5.45 Billion; Newest Kindle Now Shipping and Lowering Price to $259 from $279  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2009.  —  Operating cash flow was $2.25 billion …
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Eric Schmidt gives intern-placement network InternInc a leg up  —  Google founder Eric Schmidt has given an undisclosed amount to launch InternInc.com, a relatively new social networking site designed specifically to help students connect with companies, their universities …
Google Chrome Releases:
Dev Channel Updated with Fixes and Extension Changes  —  This week Printing and the Quicktime plugin make their initial appearance on Chrome for Mac.  Lots of important Extensions changes and quite a few bugs are also fixed.  —  Be sure to read the Known Issues if you are running Chrome for Mac.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Softpedia News
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
AOL: We're working on something big and secret  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Tim Armstrong is such a tease.  —  The AOL CEO, speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit on Thursday, didn't have any high-profile announcements like many of the other speakers at the conference.  But instead, he hinted that one might be on the way.
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Dear WSJ: To Avoid Google Disease, Please Put A Condom On Your Content  —  I'd thought I'd heard it all in the debate over Google and newspapers, but yesterday Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson took it up a notch.  He accused Google of making people slutty.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
News Corp. digital chief: MySpace ‘kind of stopped’  —  SAN FRANCISCO—With both MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta and News Corp. chief digital officer Jonathan Miller taking the stage at the Web 2.0 Summit this week, there was naturally plenty of talk about the social site's attempt to reverse its ill fortune of late.
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