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5:40 PM ET, October 22, 2009

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Trevin Chow:
The New Microsoft Store launches with Windows 7  —  You've read the amazing reviews and now the day is finally here.  Without a doubt, one of the biggest launches of the year is Windows 7!  —  It's available for immediate purchase where you can choose to either have it shipped to you or to download it direct from Microsoft.
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Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Microsoft Launches Windows 7  —  Microsoft hopes that its first operating system in three years, Windows 7, makes a big splash, starting with its official launch Thursday.  —  The software company is counting on Windows 7 to help it stave off competition from Apple, and PC makers …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft starts selling PCs online  —  NEW YORK—In a surprise move, Microsoft has started selling computers and third-party software via its online store.  —  It's part of a broader push to try to give Windows the kind of lift that Apple has gotten from its network of retail stores.
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft releases Windows 7
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Nokia vs. Apple: $12 per iPhone  —  The iPhone's had a “free ride” on its patents since 2007, claims a Nokia lawsuit  —  Who can blame Nokia (NOK) if its nose is out of joint.  The Finnish telecommunications giant is used to dominating the global cellphone market, and it still commands a 36.8% share, according to Gartner.
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Lame Nokia Sues Apple Over iPhone Patent Infringement  —  Nokia is suing Apple over the iPhone, claiming patent infringement for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards.  —  Nokia licenses these technologies to other companies but says Apple has not paid for the right to use them ever.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
AT&T weighs higher fees for data hogs  —  AT&T is finalizing a plan that could impose higher fees on big data users, subject to rules that may come from federal regulators regarding net neutrality, an AT&T executive said.  —  AT&T is finalizing a plan that could impose higher fees on big data users …
Discussion: Macworld and 9 to 5 Mac
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T cuts churn rate; Activates 3.2 million iPhones; Touts network upgrades
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:   AT&T on iPhone Exclusivity, Dropped Calls and Net Neutrality
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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Amazon's international Kindle surprises owners with $20 refund, limited web browsing  —  The only thing better than unannounced functionality is an automatic, surprise refund on your purchase.  With the international version of Amazon's 6-inch Kindle you get both.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Ballmer Talks Natal, Says Blu-ray Add-On for Xbox Coming  —  In the first segment of our exclusive Steve Ballmer interview series, the Microsoft CEO and I talk about Natal, the blurring of console generations, and the surprising assertion that “you'll be able to get” Blu-ray add-on drives for Xbox 360.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
A look inside Apple's new 27-inch iMac (teardown photos)  —  Just days after its unveiling, Apple's newest Mac desktop hardware has been disassembled, revealing the tightly-packed innards of the 27-inch iMac hidden behind its 11-pound screen.  —  The new 27-inch iMac features a large 2560 by 1440 pixel LED-backlit display.
Discussion: SlashGear and The Apple Core
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's new 27 inch iMac designed to also work as a display
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
FCC Agrees to Set Rules on Net Neutrality  —  The Federal Communications Commission at an open meeting today approved a draft of proposed rules related to net neutrality.  As expected, the rules call for transparency and aim to ensure that the owners of the broadband pipe can't discriminate …
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Fawn Johnson / Dow Jones Newswires:
FCC OKs open Internet proposal with Republican dissent
Discussion: Mashable!
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Mac OS X 10.6.2 set to ship as latest dev beta seems bug-free  —  Apple developers are currently testing the latest pre-release beta, Mac OS X 10.6.2, and the good news is the software appears relatively bug-free, suggesting it may ship imminently.  —  There's two big reasons Mac users …
Discussion: OS X BraZil and ithinkdifferent
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Phone Arena:
Motorola Droid coming to Best Buy on 24 October?  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  The Motorola Droid is one of the most frequently mentioned handsets these days.  Supposedly, the first Android-based device to be offered by Verizon will be showcased on 28 October in New York.
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 28% to $5.45 Billion; Newest Kindle Now Shipping and Lowering Price to $259 from $279  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2009.  —  Operating cash flow was $2.25 billion …
Telegraph:
Facebook public updates go live on Bing ‘within two months’  —  Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, has confirmed its search deal with Microsoft's Bing is expected to launch within two months and that Facebook isn't making any money from the arrangement.
Harry Wallop / Telegraph:
Apple's iPod shuffle ‘worst’ mp3 player  —  Apple's new iPod shuffle has come botton in a survey of mp3 players tested by a leading consumer watchdog.  —  The new Apple iPod shuffle, the size of an AA battery, has scored just 51 out of a possible 100 points in a study published by Which? …
Discussion: Macsimum News and T3.com News
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's new Magic Mouse disassembled, with pictures  —  The world's first multi-touch mouse, Apple's new Magic Mouse, has been pulled apart from all of the glue that holds it together, allowing a glimpse at its internal components.  —  The new Mighty Mouse has a solid acrylic surface on a low-profile body.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Computerworld
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Exploring Ad-Supported Operating Systems?  —  In an unusual patent application filed in 2008, Apple explores the possibility of integrated ads into an operating system.  The graphics provided even show how it might be integrated into Mac OS X (see above).
Arnon Mishkin / paidContent:
Why Steve Jobs Could Be A Savior For Media Companies  —  Arnon Mishkin is a partner with Mitchell Madison Group, where he consults for media companies on improving legacy businesses as well as making the internet profitable.  Prior to MMG, he was a partner at the Boston Consulting Group …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Every Win 7 Tablet is a Multitouch Color Kindle (With This App)  —  One of the “surprises” at the Windows 7 keynote: a multitouch Kindle app for Windows 7 from Amazon.  Ebook reading with pinch text zooming, and yes, color photos.  Looks great.  A full-color shot:
 
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