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11:35 AM 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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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).
Discussion: PC World and Telecompetitor
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
HTC CEO Talks on Business Behind New Windows Phone 7 OS
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, Inquirer and The Register
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 …
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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.
Wall Street Journal:
‘Scrapers’ Dig Deep for Data on Web  —  At 1 a.m. on May 7, the website PatientsLikeMe.com noticed suspicious activity on its “Mood” discussion board.  There, people exchange highly personal stories about their emotional disorders, ranging from bipolar disease to a desire to cut themselves.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Twitter Founders: Gladwell Got It Wrong  —  “Laughable,” “absurd,” “ludicrous” and “pointless” were words Twitter founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone used Monday night to describe a recent Malcolm Gladwell story in the New Yorker about the futility of social media to create real social change.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Amazon's Kindle Singles e-books: One shrewd business move  —  Amazon's Kindle store is getting more like a music store everyday.  Now you can buy a whole book or just a single—an e-book that's about twice as long as a New Yorker feature.  —  In a statement, Amazon called on writers …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
“Done Deal” - DeNA To Announce Ngmoco Acquisition Very Soon (Confirmed)  —  An update to our post last week on Japan's DeNA mulling over an acquisition of San Francisco based social gaming startup ngmoco.  The deal is supposedly done and will be announced shortly, possibly on Tuesday.
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.
Robin Harding / Financial Times:
Google to map inflation using web data  —  Google is using its vast database of web shopping data to construct the ‘Google Price Index’ - a daily measure of inflation that could one day provide an alternative to official statistics.  —  The work by Google's chief economist, Hal Varian …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Ars Technica: banned in Iran!  —  “403 Forbidden”: that's what Ars readers in Iran are now seeing when they try to connect to arstechnica.com.  We were alerted to the block by a loyal Iranian reader late last week, and we checked our traffic statistics over the weekend; we do, in fact, appear to be banned.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Two New Android Apps To Help The Blind Navigate Around Town  —  They rarely get much press attention, but some of the greatest features to come out of the new era of smartphones are related to accessibility.  A few months back, blind iPhone user Austin Seraphin wrote about how the device had changed his life.
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.
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Buy a Poster of All Your Facebook Friends For $20  —  A new service called PrintingFacebook will put your friends' profile pictures—every last one of them—on a high-quality, 20" x 40" poster for just $20.  Throw a dart at it to decide which smoldering friendship to rekindle first!
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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Updated Yahoo Messenger app now live in App Store, 3G video calling bonanza awaits you  —  Not stoked on Skype or FaceTime?  Looks like you've got another option, bub.  That overhauled Yahoo Messenger app we told you about 48 hours ago is now live in the App Store, offering multitasking …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google The ‘Early Winner’ In Ads After Bing-Yahoo Integration  —  In the aftermath of Bing and Yahoo integrating their search ad platforms, the “early winner” seems to be Google, whose share of paid search spending rose more than two percent between the second and third quarters of this year.
Agence France Presse:
Apple seeks approval to sell iPad in S.Korea: regulator  —  SEOUL (AFP) - US technology giant Apple is seeking approval to sell its iPad in South Korea, the telecommunications regulator said Tuesday, after the iPhone's local popularity fanned interest in the tablet computer.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Java: A Gift to Exploit Pack Makers  —  I have long urged readers who have no need for Java to remove the program, because failing to keep this software updated with the latest security patches exposes users to dangerous, ubiquitous attacks.  In this blog post, I'll show readers how attacks …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google funds power backbone for major wind farm  —  Google said today it's invested in a project called the Atlantic Wind Connection, an effort to create a 350-mile power transmission backbone linking wind turbines several miles offshore with sites along the United States East Coast.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Ballmer on tablets, PCs and more (Q&A)  —  NEW YORK—While Microsoft showed off Windows Phone 7 yesterday as its answer to the iPhone, many are still wondering what the company's response will be to the iPad.  —  CEO Steve Ballmer has noted on several occasions that there will be some Windows 7 slates …
Discussion: TechEye, Erictric, PC World, Crave and The Social
Dave Rosenberg / Software, Interrupted:
Report: Linux makes gains in server applications  —  A new report from the nonprofit Linux Foundation shows that Linux continues to grow at breakneck speed and will outpace all other server operating systems over the next five years.  Additionally, Linux will be chosen for more than 66 percent of new or “greenfield” applications.
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Trent Reznor: Zuckerberg Should Not Be Mentioned In The Same Breath As Steve Jobs
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Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint to offer ‘certified pre-owned’ devices
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Verizon iPhone may be among first CDMA handsets to offer concurrent data and voice
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Google Bets on Cheap Smartphones for India
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Kansas City Star:
New Service, AdKeeper™ Lets Consumers “Click to Save” …
Discussion: Advertising Lab
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
“Deleted” Facebook photos still not deleted: a followup
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