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11:50 AM ET, October 11, 2010

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Microsoft:
Windows Phone 7: A Fresh Start for the Smartphone  —  The phone delivers a new user experience by integrating the things users really want to do, creating a balance between getting work done and having fun.  —  The goal for Microsoft's latest smartphone is an ambitious one …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft announces ten Windows Phone 7 handsets for 30 countries: October 21 in Europe and Asia, 8 November in US (Update: Video!)  —  It may have “Windows” in the branding, but Windows Phone 7 is not the desktop PC experience shoehorned into a cellphone.  Microsoft tried that with Windows Mobile …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7, hitting the US on Nov. 9  —  Microsoft finally launched its new mobile platform, Windows Phone 7, at a press conference in New York today.  CEO Steve Ballmer hit the stage to give us a glimpse at the OS and the platform's launch phones.
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Partners Unveil Windows Phone 7 Global Portfolio  —  First phones available soon from leading mobile operators around the world.  —  Microsoft Corp. today joined its partners in revealing nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets that will be available this holiday season …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
HTC HD7: Hello, All 4.3-Inches of Windows Phone 7  —  The HD7 is the quintessential HTC phone—a 4.3-inch slab with a 1GHz processor, 16GB internal storage, 5-megapixel, 720p video-shooting camera, and naturally, a kickstand.  Despite being oh-so-familiar, it could very still be the Windows Phone to get.
Chris Jones / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live and Windows Phone 7  —  As announced today in New York, Windows Phone 7 is coming soon!  We've been working hard over the last several months to make sure Windows Live can connect you to your stuff and the people you care about across your Windows PC, your phone, and the web.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7 handset outed early
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
AT&T brings U-verse to Windows Phone 7, Xbox 360
Discussion: PR Newswire and Crave
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
LG Optimus 7 Windows Phone 7 smartphone gets early reveal
Travis Larchuk / NPR:
The Zombie Network: Beware ‘Free Public WiFi’ … It's in your airports, your coffee shops and your libraries: “Free Public WiFi.”  —  Despite its enticing name, the network, available in thousands of locations across the United States, does not actually provide access to the Internet.
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Finding Your Way Through the Mall or the Airport, With a Cellphone Map  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Mobile phone maps have guided people through streets and alleys around the globe.  But when those people step into a sprawling building, they can get lost.  —  Inside, people have to ask strangers …
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Why cell phones may be more dangerous than we think  —  After many years of increasingly erratic behavior, Alan Marks, of Lafayette, suddenly experienced a severe seizure in the middle of the night.  His wife, Ellie, called 911 and Marks was rushed to the hospital, where tests revealed …
New York Times:
After Building an Audience, Twitter Turns to Ads  —  Twitter at last looks serious about making money.  —  In the last two weeks, the company has introduced several advertising plans, courted Madison Avenue at Advertising Week, the annual industry conference, and promoted Dick Costolo …
Tim Bray / ongoing:
Ten Theses on Tablets  —  As of now, I've been carrying the Samsung Galaxy Tab for a month, using it every day; this has included two major road trips.  I suppose there are a few other humans who've had this much hands-on with a 7" form-factor tablet, but I don't know of any others with a blog and a free hand to write what they think.
Lars Aronsson / Androinica:
Instant Heart Rate measures your heart rate using your phone's camera, and it works  —  There are certain innovative apps that manage to impress you the first time you use them and make you wonder exactly what goes on behind the scenes.  A few examples are the classic music identifying service Shazam …
Ben McGrath / New Yorker:
SEARCH AND DESTROY  —  Nick Denton's blog empire.  —  For years after starting Gawker Media, the online publishing network, in 2002, Nick Denton ran the company out of his apartment, in SoHo.  “He said, ‘If you run it out of your house, then no one expects anything,’ ” …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Tumbl.in Is StumbleUpon For Twitter  —  Tumbl.in, a project started at our TechCrunch Hackathon during TC Disrupt, is a like a StumbleUpon for Twitter, allowing you to “stumble across” links shared in your Twitter timeline, your Twitter favorites and your Twitter lists.
Discussion: VatorNews, The Next Web and Techie Buzz
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Wider Streets for Internet Traffic  —  OUR taste for the Internet is insatiable — traffic is growing so fast that its transmission systems may soon be filled to capacity.  But scientists are coping, finding ingenious ways to satisfy our deep bandwidth hunger.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Being Eric Schmidt (On Facebook)  —  I'd like to apologize to Google CEO Eric Schmidt for impersonating him on Facebook today.  —  It's actually pretty easy, too easy, to do this.  A reader emailed earlier today letting us know that someone had been impersonating them on Facebook based on a real, but unused, email account.
Discussion: Gawker and Softpedia News
 
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John Bowker / Reuters:
Schwarzenegger leads U.S. tech investors to Russia
Discussion: The Hill, Bloomberg and Telegraph
BBC:
US offenders unmonitored as tagging system fails
Discussion: Techdirt and Hillicon Valley
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
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Tim Carmody / Gadget Lab:
In High School Chem Labs, Every Cameraphone Can Be a Spectrometer
Discussion: ThinkMobile
Bryant Urstadt / Business Week:
Diaper vs. Goliath
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Boomers — Yes, Boomers — Spend the Most on Tech
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: GeekSmack
TmoNews:
Is This The T-Mobile HTC HD7?
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
European Antritrust Deal With Microsoft Barely Affects Browser Market
Discussion: Fast Company and DailyTech
David / TmoNews:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Details Come To Light, $399 After Rebate?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
“Saturday Night Live” Really, Really Likes Facebook
Discussion: SelectStart
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Angry Birds developer claims Microsoft jumped the gun, Rovio …