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4:45 AM ET, October 23, 2009

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Motorola Droid makes appearance on Motorola's site  —  Uh... so much for an announcement event?  Or Motorola just doesn't know what the hell is going on (most likely the reason), because the Motorola Droid makes an official appearance on Moto's U.S. site.  It just might be that we were sent …
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Phone Arena:
Motorola Droid coming to Best Buy on 24 October?
Discussion: AndroidGuys and MobileCrunch
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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Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
Windows 7 is a triumph in the operating system's line  —  Windows 7 Demo … I found Windows 7, officially released Thursday, to be confusing and disorienting from the very start.  I felt lost: where was the familiar sensation of pain, frustration and rage that has acted as the compass guiding …
Discussion: Slate and TheAppleBlog
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Microsoft Launches Windows 7
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The New CNN.com (First Screenshots)  —  Today, CNN has invited a number of journalists to One Time Warner Center in New York City to witness a preview of the new CNN.com homepage (they're calling the event “The Unveiling").  The site serves as one of the Internet's most popular news sites …
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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Now Accounts For 1 In 4 Internet Pageviews  —  Here's a startling conclusion by Perry Drake of database marketing firm Drake Direct:  —  Facebook accounts for 25% of U.S. online pageviews.  —  Perry's analysis was prompted by a study showing that the figure in the U.K. is 1 in 7.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Apple Ads' New Target: Windows 7 (See the Videos!)  —  Here are the three new Apple (AAPL) commercials trying to take a smack on the launch of Windows 7 (MSFT), the new operating system software from Microsoft.  —  The “Get a Mac” advertising features the PC and Mac guys, as usual, but are quite a bit meaner than usual.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Excitement For Hardware Keeps Sergey Brin Up At Night.  And Maybe Chrome For Mac Too.  —  Google co-founder Sergey Brin made a surprise appearance at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco today.  He spoke briefly with John Battelle.  —  Of note, Brin said that he's excited about Twitter's success …
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 …
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Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Amazon.com Profit Beats Analysts' Estimates as Retailer Wins Market Share
Discussion: VentureBeat
Amazon.com:
Introducing “Kindle for PC” — The Free Application for Reading Kindle Books on the PC  —  Latest Kindle Application Brings over 360,000 Kindle Books, Including New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases, to the PC  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced “Kindle for PC,” …
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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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Sean Parker: Twitter/Facebook Will Soon Dominate The Web — Not Google.  —  Sean Parker, a managing partner at Founder's Fund, gave an interesting talk today at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.  The key to it is simple: Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and eBay will dominate the web going forward.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
Mozilla's Raindrop: An Open Conversation Aggregator  —  While most conversation aggregators are concerned with harnessing your river of data, Mozilla is breaking it down into manageable raindrops.  According to a morning blog post on the Mozilla Labs site the company is launching the prototype …
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon's HTC Desire spotted in the wild, lauching soon  —  Had enough Android goodness yet?  Good, neither have we.  While we don't have many new details on this one we do have an image — and isn't an image worth 1,000 words after all?  This HTC, Verizon branded, touch-screen Android handset …
BART:
BART partners with location-based service Foursquare to encourage transit ridership  —  Bay Area Rapid Transit has become the first transit agency to partner with the location-based mobile network Foursquare, with the goal of encouraging public transit use.  —  Foursquare combines social …
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Dear WSJ: To Avoid Google Disease, Please Put A Condom On Your Content  —  I'd thought I'd heard it all in the debate over Google and newspapers, but yesterday Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson took it up a notch.  He accused Google of making people slutty.
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Dual Verizon CEOs deftly dance on both sides of net neutrality  —  At about the same time Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam was preparing to issue a joint statement with Google, of all companies, signaling his company's support of the FCC at least opening up the floor to debate …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
FCC Agrees to Set Rules on Net Neutrality
Beverly Yang / The Official Google Blog:
Reading gets personal with Popular items and Personalized ranking  —  (Cross-posted from the Official Google Reader Blog)  —  Today, we're launching two changes to Google Reader to help you discover more interesting content faster.  Just as the launch of Personalized Search improved search results based …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Prepares to Rock the Market with Hardware Subsidizing Program  —  The US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple today that reveals various concepts behind a newly advanced service in development that entails subsidizing an incredible array of hardware from Apple.
Discussion: Computerworld and MacRumors
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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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
News Corp. digital chief: MySpace ‘kind of stopped’  —  SAN FRANCISCO—With both MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta and News Corp. chief digital officer Jonathan Miller taking the stage at the Web 2.0 Summit this week, there was naturally plenty of talk about the social site's attempt to reverse its ill fortune of late.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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