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8:20 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 …
Discussion: Slate and TheAppleBlog
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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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:enauzer
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 …
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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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.
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Video: Dell Adamo XPS Can Only Be Opened By Rubbing It  —  The Dell Adamo XPS isn't only ridiculously thin, but it opens like no laptop ever seen before.  Its propped up keyboard can only be opened by sliding a finger on the lid's heat sensing strip.  See it to believe it...  Did your mouth drop?
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.
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.
Telegraph:
PayPal opens up API  —  Pay Pal, the online payment service, is opening up its platform to developers on Nov 3  —  Scott Thompson, PayPal's president, made the announcement at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco.  He said: “I am proud to say in just two weeks, PayPal …
Discussion: The Paypers, Thanks:enauzer
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 …
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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Court Orders The Pirate Bay To Delete Torrents  —  In an attempt to ensure that Dutch citizens can't access The Pirate Bay, BREIN took three of the tracker's founders to court.  The anti-piracy outfit won the case and Fredrik, Gottfrid and Peter were ordered to block Dutch users, a decision they decided to appeal.
BART:
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 …
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.
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