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6:55 PM ET, October 11, 2010

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Microsoft:
Windows Phone 7: A Fresh Start for the Smartphone  —  The phone delivers a new user experience by integrating the things users really want to do, creating a balance between getting work done and having fun.  —  The goal for Microsoft's latest smartphone is an ambitious one …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft announces ten Windows Phone 7 handsets for 30 countries: October 21 in Europe and Asia, 8 November in US (Update: Video!)  —  It may have “Windows” in the branding, but Windows Phone 7 is not the desktop PC experience shoehorned into a cellphone.  Microsoft tried that with Windows Mobile …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7, hitting the US on Nov. 8  —  Microsoft finally launched its new mobile platform, Windows Phone 7, at a press conference in New York today.  CEO Steve Ballmer hit the stage to give us a glimpse at the OS and the platform's launch phones.
Laura Foy / Channel 9:
First Look: Windows Phone 7 Hardware  —  In this video, Microsoft CVP Steve Guggenheimer introduces the new hardware devices that will be offering Windows Phone 7.  There's tactile keyboards, slide out speakers, surround sound, enhanced cameras, scratch resistance screens, and more.
Discussion: everythingWM and TechNet Blogs
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 launch day app roundup  —  With thousands of developers churning out thousands of apps, we've no doubt exploring the Marketplace is going to be a full-time job for at least a day or two after you nab your Windows Phone 7 device this fall — but with all the hullabaloo today …
Matt Rosoff / Silicon Alley Insider:
SURPRISE: Developing For Windows Phone 7 Isn't A Total Waste Of Time
Discussion: VentureBeat, Gizmodo and Engadget, Thanks:rawmeet
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
HTC HD7: Hello, All 4.3-Inches of Windows Phone 7
Chris Jones / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live and Windows Phone 7
Discussion: VentureBeat and SlashGear
Steve Cheney / TechCrunch:
Apple Will Take A Pass On 4G Networks For The iPhone In 2011— Sorry Verizon and AT&T  —  Back in August I broke the news that Apple was lining up a component purchase of several million chipsets from Qualcomm for a CDMA-powered Verizon iPhone due in January.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
iPhone apps now more popular than major TV shows and sports broadcasts  —  Is iPhone the next American Idol?  —  The daily audience for apps that run on Apple's iOS operating system (for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) has now surpassed 19 million users, who spend an average of 22 minutes per …
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Facebook, Zynga Impose Fees on Private Sales of Shares  —  Facebook Inc. and Zynga Game Network Inc. are charging fees of at least $2,500 for each sale of company shares, a move legal experts say discourages employees from putting equity in the hands of large numbers of outside owners before an initial public offering.
Dave Caolo / TUAW:
Apple trademarks “There's an app for that”  —  Apple has been awarded a trademark for the phrase, “There's an app for that.”  The tagline has been used to promote the App Store and iOS devices almost since their inception, and has really caught on.  From tech articles to jokes told around the water cooler …
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
SFR outs the Palm Pre 2: 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM  —  Considering how tight of a lid Palm and HP have been keeping on details about the next Palm device, we were surprised to see it pop up on the website of French carrier SFR (who recently disappeared the Pre Plus).  It's official: the Palm Pre 2 is coming.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Bill Gates talks education tech  —  Bill Gates has been taking online classes for years.  Now, he thinks it's time to make sure a whole lot more students do the same.  —  Today, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is announcing a new multiyear grant program that will give millions …
Travis Larchuk / NPR:
The Zombie Network: Beware ‘Free Public WiFi’ … It's in your airports, your coffee shops and your libraries: “Free Public WiFi.”  —  Despite its enticing name, the network, available in thousands of locations across the United States, does not actually provide access to the Internet.
Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Google Chrome Beats Firefox To Own The Tech Set  —  Firefox is no longer the most popular browser for tech savvy people, according to data from Gabe Rivera, founder of Techmeme.  —  Rivera passed along this chart which shows the share of web browser usage of people coming to his popular tech news site.
Discussion: WebProNews
Tim Bray / ongoing:
Ten Theses on Tablets  —  As of now, I've been carrying the Samsung Galaxy Tab for a month, using it every day; this has included two major road trips.  I suppose there are a few other humans who've had this much hands-on with a 7" form-factor tablet, but I don't know of any others with a blog and a free hand to write what they think.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Google Bets on Cheap Smartphones for India  —  NEW DELHI—Google Inc. is pushing to become a significant player in India's huge wireless industry as a range of little-known Indian handset makers release low-cost devices that include the tech giant's Android operating system in coming months.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
“Deleted” Facebook photos still not deleted: a followup  —  Facebook may be making strides in some areas of privacy, but the company is still struggling when it comes to deleting user photos—or not deleting them, as the case may be.  —  We wrote a piece more than a year ago examining whether photos …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Testing Chrome OS Release Candidates.  Official Release 1 Month Away?  —  It was last July that Google dropped a nuclear bomb in announcing Chrome OS, their operating system based around their Chrome web browser.  The world was different back then — namely, Google's Android mobile operating system …
Discussion: Electronista
Bob Sutor:
IBM joins the OpenJDK community, will help unify open source Java efforts  —  When people talk about open source, the notion of “forking” often comes up.  The idea is that some folks are not happy with the direction in which a project is going, so they take a copy of the source code, come up with a new name, and set up shop elsewhere.
Kamelia Angelova / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gene Munster: Android-Based Tablets Will Be More Popular Than Apple's iPad  —  While Apple supply chain vendors in China and Taiwan claim Apple is gearing up to sell 45 million iPads for the next year, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster thinks that number is “a little bit aggressive.”
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Jesse Draper's Valley Girl Buys LA Tech Blog Lalawag  —  Los Angeles based tech chronicler Lalawag, which announced that it would be shutting down in September, is going to live on under the leadership of Jesse Draper's Valley Girl media network.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Discussion: lalawag
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Eminem's publisher demand $2.2 million from Apple  —  Eminem's people are determined to force Apple (AAPL) to cough up cold hard cash in settlement of the outstanding litigation over download sales of the artist's music.  —  Eminem's music publisher has asked a U.S. District Court judge …
Kansas City Star:
New Service, AdKeeper™ Lets Consumers “Click to Save” Online Ads, Transforms User Online Media Experience  —  AdKeeper today announced a transformative online advertising service that will forever change the way consumers interact with the Internet.  With one simple click of a button …
 
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Office 2010 beta to expire on Halloween
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Everybody Can Get the New Yorker iPad app for free
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Comcast Cuts The Cable, Rolls Out 2,000 Xfinity Wi-Fi Hotspots
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HP Chairman Lane Smacks Back at NYT's Nocera: The Poison Pen Letter!
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Music Industry Fails In High Court Bid To Force 3 Strikes on ISP
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Tumbl.in Is StumbleUpon For Twitter
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Why cell phones may be more dangerous than we think
Discussion: Digital Society
BBC:
US offenders unmonitored as tagging system fails
Discussion: Techdirt
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Finding Your Way Through the Mall or the Airport, With a Cellphone Map
 

 
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