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6:20 AM ET, October 4, 2010

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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Confirmed: Windows Phone 7 launches October 11th in New York City, and T-Mobile's on board  —  If there was any scrap of doubt in your mind, we'll obliterate it for you right now — October 11th is the day Windows Phone 7 will be unveiled in the US, not just at a fancy London event …
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Ballmer Talks Windows Phone 7  —  Microsoft Corp. has struggled for the past two years in the mobile-phone market.  But CEO Steve Ballmer says his company finally has a compelling story.  —  On Oct. 11, Microsoft and its partners plan to announce the initial wave of handsets that will use Windows Phone 7 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Opening Weekend: The Social Network Tops Box Office With $23 Million In Ticket Sales  —  This probably isn't too surprising.  The Social Network, which had received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics, topped the box office opening weekend with $23 million in ticket sales …
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Rebecca Davis O'Brien / The Daily Beast:
The Social Network's Female Props  — trending topics - INNOVATORS SUMMIT - GET AMERICA BACK TO WORK - FACEBOOK MOVIE - FASHION COLLECTIONS - WOMEN IN THE WORLD  —  Missing from what critics are calling the defining story of our age are female characters who aren't doting groupies …
Jose Antonio Vargas / The Huffington Post:   The Social Disconnect — How Hollywood Misread Facebook
David Carr / New York Times:   Film Version of Zuckerberg Divides Generations
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Goldman Suggests Microsoft Start Bending Spoons With Its Mind  —  In a note tonight, Goldman Sachs analysts paddle Microsoft's ass for not living up to its expectations.  They downgrade the firm to neutral, then say Microsoft needs to do the following to get back into Goldman's good graces:
Discussion: TechFlash
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Verizon agrees to refund customers $90 million for wrongful data charges  —  Did you have a Verizon phone sans data plan, but get billed for data anyhow?  Verizon Wireless is dropping $90 million to make things right next month.  The New York Times reports that the company …
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Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
FCC Probes Verizon Wireless for ‘Mystery’ Data Charges
Discussion: Gawker
Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile myTouch gets reintroduced, 1GHz Snapgradon, 3.8″ display, 4G speeds  —  Well, this one came out of nowhere... T-Mobile has just introduced the new myTouch, and it's a beauty.  Packed with a 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8255 CPU, 5 megapixel camera, 3.8″ display, and front facing camera …
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
The OS Doesn't Matter...  Once upon a time, operating systems used to matter a lot; they defined what a computer could and couldn't do.  The “old” OS orchestrated the use of resources: memory, processors, I/O (input/output) to external devices (screen, keyboard, disks, network, printers...).
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google's speed need: ‘instantaneous Internet’  —  In late 2007, Google engineers set out to test a hunch.  —  For about a million oblivious users, the company throttled back the delivery of search results by 100 to 400 milliseconds for several weeks.  Less than half a second is barely perceptible, but the results were unmistakable.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
If Web 1.0's Kryptonite Was the Bust, Web 2.0 Kryptonite Was the Grind  —  There were two surreal moments for me at Disrupt last week.  The first was during the SV Angels Party when Hammer was dancing.  It wasn't just because MC-Freaking-Hammer was doing the Hammer dance in a tux and nerd glasses in front of me.
Discussion: FM Blog
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise Blog:
Hey Larry (Ellison), worry about your own stuff before firing barbs  —  Larry Ellison, CEO Oracle didn't take long before opining on Leo Apotheker's appointment as CEO H-P. … Such comments are both totally predictable and stand in sharp contrast to Apotheker's gracious response to the Red Stack threat.
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Vinnie Mirchandani / deal architect:   Sean Parker, Leo Apotheker and “lazy journalism”
MG Siegler / parislemon:
I, Cringe  —  For the most part, I've really enjoyed reading all the various takes on TechCrunch's acquisition by AOL this week.  Some are good, some are bad, some are just sad.  But two have stuck out to me as being decidedly full of s**t.  Interesting, both are by Robert Cringely.
Discussion: I, Cringely and TechCrunch
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPhone user privacy at risk from apps that transmit personal info  —  The user data collected by some iOS apps can be correlated to real-world identities, posing a privacy risk to iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users.  According to research from Bucknell University, a majority of iOS apps transmit user data back to their own servers.
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Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Ad Group Unveils Plan to Improve Web Privacy
Discussion: Adweek
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Jimmy Pitaro Lands Digital Co-President Job at Disney …
Discussion: mocoNews and CNET News
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Surface computing + augmented reality = Microsoft LightSpace
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Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
New Twitter.com has rate limits too
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 Earlier Items: 
Sharad Goel / Yahoo! Search Blog:
What Can Search Predict?  —  This week research scientists at Yahoo! …
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Wheretheladies.at Shows You Where The Ladies Are At
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Google's CEO: ‘The Laws Are Written by Lobbyists’
Thanks:atul