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4:35 PM ET, October 12, 2010

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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Why Windows Phone 7 Will Make Android Look Chaotic  —  Microsoft may be late to the game with a consumer-savvy phone OS, but Windows Phone 7 is aiming to do right a lot of what Google is doing wrong.  Based on what I saw during a visit to Microsoft's headquarters two weeks ago …
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Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
Introducing App Hub for Windows Phone 7 & Indie Game Developers  —  Earlier today Microsoft and its partners announced the first wave of Windows Phone 7 devices and when they will be available.  Events are taking place in regions around the world to give people a first look at actual devices by carrier.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Seven new things to know about Windows Phone 7  —  October 11 was the official Microsoft launch of Windows Phone 7.  I asked readers what they wanted to know and have gotten a number of reader questions about Microsoft's strategy, the products and the future.  Here are the answers I've been able to get (so far).
Amazon.com:
Kindle Singles, Which Can Be Twice the Length of a New Yorker Feature or as Much as a Few Chapters of a Typical Book, Coming Soon to the Kindle Store  —  Less than 10,000 words or more than 50,000: that is the choice writers have generally faced for more than a century—works either …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Amazon's Kindle Singles e-books: One shrewd business move
Discussion: BetaNews, Crave and MediaMemo
SquareTrade:
iPhone 4 glass breaking 82% more than iPhone 3gs - four months in  —  SquareTrade analyzed iPhone accidents for over 20,000 iPhone 4s covered by SquareTrade Care Plans and found a 82% increase in reported broken screens compared to the iPhone 3gs.  Highlights of the study include …
Adam Huda / The Official Posterous Posterous:
Introducing Posterous for the iPhone: The Only Sharing App You Need  —  Effortless sharing from your iPhone has arrived with the new Posterous iPhone app.  If you are looking for a fun and simple way to update friends and family while you're on-the-go, the Posterous iPhone app is for you.
Josh Fruhlinger / InfoWorld:
Oracle-IBM pact cuts Android off at the knees  —  Larry Ellison's latest move could seriously undermine Android, no matter how Oracle's courtroom battles with Google turn out.  —  If you have only a passing interest in Java development, you probably didn't think of much of yesterday's announcement …
Wall Street Journal:
Indian Firms in Talks to Sell iPhone  —  MUMBAI—Two Indian telecom operators are in talks with Apple Inc. to launch an iPhone in India based on the code division multiple access technology in a bid to tap the growing smartphone market in one of the world's fastest-growing mobile markets, people familiar with the matter said.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Twitter Events Now a Priority; Is the Hashtag Dead?  —  Twitter Events, an event-specific grouping of tweets, is going to be a priority now that Evan Williams has chosen to focus on product strategy, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said on the sidelines of an event Monday night in San Francisco.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Epicenter
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Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Twitter Aims to Get 1 Billion Users, Matching Facebook Target
Matt Williams / Digg Blog:
Greetings from the new CEO  —  I'd like to use this opportunity to introduce myself.  I'm Matt Williams, Digg's new CEO.  It's certainly been an eventful first month on the job.  As many of you know, the launch of Digg v4 didn't go smoothly, and we're deeply sorry that we disappointed our Digg community in the process.
AppleInsider:
Bloomberg to profile Steve Jobs in one-hour TV special this Thursday  —  Apple chief executive Steve Jobs will be the subject of a TV special that will air on Bloomberg television this week, tracing the Silicon Valley superstar from his days as a college dropout through his leadership role …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacRumors Page 2, TiPb and TUAW
Electronista:
Walmart confirms iPad reaching its stores on Friday  —  Walmart this evening confirmed that the iPad would reach its stores this week.  The tablet arrives in its stores on Friday, October 15, and will include all models at the same prices that Apple charges.
Matthew Zuras / Switched:
Dump the Satellite: Man Uses Kite to Take Aerial Pics for Google Maps  —  We already know that kites outfitted with cameras can provide a DIY alternative to satellite imagery, as was evidenced in Grassroots Mapping's overhead shots of the oil-strangled Gulf Coast.
Discussion: Gizmodo and CNET News
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Radical change coming to Net addresses (FAQ)  —  Come 2012, confused camera customers might be able to point their browsers to a Web address that looks very different from what's available today: support.canon.  —  That's because the organization in charge of such names …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Executive Marissa Mayer Takes New Role in Location, Local Services  —  Marissa Mayer, Google Inc.'s vice president of search products, is taking a new role overseeing location and local services.  —  Mayer, who joined in 1999 as the company's first female engineer …
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Pandora Chases Drive-Time Radio After Capturing Mobile Market  —  Pandora Media Inc., the top Internet radio company, is luring advertisers such as Hallmark Cards Inc. and MillerCoors LLC to its streaming service and gearing up to chase the lucrative drive-time market.
Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
Microsoft: New virtualization software will boost Windows 7 upgrades  —  Microsoft's updated desktop virtualization package will help enterprises migrate to Windows 7 by allowing compatibility with legacy applications that would not otherwise work on the new operating system.
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans:
Sony Opens Up Google TV Developer Registration Ahead of Today's Unveiling  —  We're just hours away from Sony's big Google TV unveiling where we expect they'll announce four initial models with the platform embedded (ranging from 24 to 46-inch models.)  Sony's getting a little head start …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
SundaySky Automatically Turns Web Content Into Videos, Raises $9 Million  —  SundaySky, a company that has developed technology capable of extracting content from any website and molding it into videos created on-the-fly, has raised $9 million in Series B financing.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Twitter Crushing Facebook's Click-Through Rate: Report  —  What is the most effective way for marketers to spread their message online?  Facebook?  Twitter?  Company blogs?  Email?  —  According to a new report by marketing firm SocialTwist, Internet sharing trends have shifted heavily …
Samuel Gibbs / Download Squad:
Yahoo! Messenger: Is the iPhone-to-PC (and Android) video calling app a FaceTime challenger?  —  There was once a time when FaceTime was the only iPhone 4 video calling gig in town.  Fring entered the ring first, but now Yahoo has joined the video calling party, with an update to their Yahoo! Messenger app.
Discussion: mocoNews, NewTeeVee and InformationWeek
Jake Brill / Facebook Blog:
More Ways to Stay Secure  —  Facebook provides a number of ways to help you protect yourself and your account, and today we are announcing new features to help make your experience on Facebook more secure.  —  First, we're launching one-time passwords to make it safer to use public computers in places like hotels, cafes or airports.
Glenn Lammi / The Legal Pulse:
Patent Troll Forces Online Music Sellers, Buyers to Pay a Toll  —  Did you know that built into the .99 ¢ or $1.29 you pay for a song online is a toll extracted by a patent troll?  The troll responsible for this toll, unlike the cranky but harmless Dora the Explorer© character depicted to the left …
 
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