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6:05 PM ET, October 23, 2009

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Motorola Droid Preview  —  If you're a Droid-chaser, you've no doubt been hooked to BGR for the past few weeks (more than normal, maybe?).  We have our very own Motorola Droid handset, and although the software isn't final, it's solid enough where we feel comfortable giving you a nice preview of the unit.
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Gaurav Shukla / AndroidOS.in:
Exclusive: Android powered “Motorola Zeppelin” spotted (Update)  —  As we await the launch of Verizon Moto Droid on Oct 28, , we have yet another Motorola Android phone, which needs considerable attention.  —  It was spotted by Digi.QQ.com, a chinese tech website.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports First-Quarter Results  —  Windows and Xbox exceed expectations due to strong consumer demand; cost discipline drives earnings per share growth  —  Segment Revenue and Operating Income (Loss)  —  View the PowerPoint Earnings Release  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue …
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Raylene Yung / Facebook Blog:
New Views for Your Home Page  —  At Facebook, one of our main priorities is helping you stay on top of what is going on with the people and things you care about most.  That's why today we are beginning to roll out some changes to the home page that simplify your experience by offering …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Blasts To New All-Time High Of $700 A Share!  —  Okay, okay, it took about a decade longer than I would have hoped.  —  But I'm happy to say that Amazon (AMZN) has finally hit a new all-time high of $116 a share.  —  The previous highest close, back in 2000, was about $105 a share.
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Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Amazon.com Shares Break Dot-Com Record as Profit Beats Analysts' Estimates
Stephanie Ebbert / Boston Globe:
Apple gets to fly banner, despite rules  —  State advertising panel says billboard ‘illegal’  —  An ad for the Apple iPod Touch is displayed on the side of a Planet Self Storage site in Boston.  (Yoon S. Byun/Globe staff)  —  The mayor's campaign treasurer acknowledged this week …
Discussion: EverythingiCafe, AppleInsider and TUAW
BBC:
Universal phone charger approved  —  A new mobile phone charger that will work with any handset has been approved by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations body.  —  Industry body the GSMA predicts that 51,000 tonnes of redundant chargers are generated each year.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Full Circle In Sight As Inventor Of The World Wide Web Signs Up For Twitter  —  Sir Timothy John “Tim” Berners-Lee, credited for inventing this little thing called the World Wide Web, has signed up for Twitter in a move that could potentially rip a hole in the time/space continuum.
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Tech advice from Tim Berners-Lee
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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?
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Netflix to Launch Streaming-Only Service...but Not in the U.S.  —  During yesterday's Q3 earnings call, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings revealed the company's plans to launch a streaming-only service which will allow users to watch movies via their PCs without having to sign up for the DVD-by-mail portion of the Netflix service.
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
Amazon's Working on Kindle Reader Software for Mac, Too  —  Microsoft announced at its Windows 7 launch that Amazon is releasing a Kindle reader for Windows.  An Amazon spokesperson told me late Thursday: “Yes, we are working on a Kindle app for Mac.”  With so many conduits for Kindle reading …
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Amazon.com:
Introducing “Kindle for PC” …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon launching Storm2 on October 28 for $179.99?  —  Say you're North America's largest wireless carrier — how do you go about burying a product you're about to carry that you secretly wish didn't exist?  One creative option would be to opt out of announcing it when its manufacturer does …
Brainstorm Tech:
Sequoia branches too far  —  A storied financier of startups expands — but its new businesses have yet to take root.  —  A year ago, when venture capital firm Sequoia Capital ordered its portfolio companies to slash costs in the face of a sick economy, even healthy businesses, such as LinkedIn and Zappos.com, complied.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Ballmer on the Smartphone Race: “It Doesn't Matter What the Critics Say”  —  In this segment of my exclusive interview series with Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer, I brought up the sore subject of Windows Mobile 6.5.  After defending it, he cited another product that did well but suffers mounting criticism: Nokia smartphones.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How Much Will You Have to Pay for Hulu?  Nothing.  How Much Will You Pay for “Hulu Plus”?  Good Question.  —  Is Hulu putting up a pay wall around its Web TV site?  Nope.  Does Hulu want to charge people to watch Web TV?  Yes.  —  Confused?  Don't be.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Power.com Suit Against Facebook Is Dismissed  —  A U.S. District Judge dismissed a lawsuit against Facebook by Power.com Thursday, the latest move in a back-and-forth legal battle between the two social-media services.  —  Power.com, a site that allows users to log in to multiple social-networking sites.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Nigeria actually arrests, shuts down online scammers  —  It turns out Nigeria is taking measures to fight Internet scams—law enforcement there has shut down close to a thousand websites and made 18 arrests as part of a new initiative to save the nation's reputation and crack down on Internet scammers.
Discussion: The Next Web and The Register, Thanks:enauzer
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
More Rumors on EA-Playfish Deal: Due Diligence, Acquisition Numbers  —  Gaming giant Electronic Arts has been looking closely at acquiring a leading social gaming company, Playfish, we and others have heard from multiple sources in the last couple weeks.  However, we have since heard …
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, AppScout and All Points Blog, Thanks:enauzer
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple ships Final Cut apps upgrade, new OS X Server tools  —  Apple has unleashed a pair of important software updates, one for users of its professional applications, the other for Mac OS X server admins (whose numbers recently begun to swell on the release of the Mac mini server configuration).
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Google's Navigation Bombshell  —  Location-based service providers suspect the search giant is working on a free navigation app.  —  Google has a tendency to enter a market, undercut its competitors' prices and put established players out of business.  Navigation service providers are wondering if they're next.
 
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Razorfish Execs Leave for Microsoft After Publicis Deal
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Symbian Foundation opens smartphone kernel source code
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Electronista:
Access launches own Linux touchscreen phone
Discussion: I4U News
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Yfrog gets Webcam recording for photos and video
Discussion: The Blog Herald and Mashable!
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Infosys Co-founder Sells Part Of His Stake, Turns Venture Capitalist
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Watch Out Trolls, Your Menacing Comments Could Lead to Big Fines
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Tristana Moore / Time:
Can a Customized Newspaper Survive the Demise of Print?
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Did Nokia Sue Apple Before Apple Could Sue Nokia?
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Apple preparing Aperture X upgrade to 3.0 [u]
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Facebook Now Accounts For 1 In 4 Internet Pageviews
 

 
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