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8:00 AM ET, October 11, 2010

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
On eve of Windows Phone 7 launch: all hat and no cattle?  —  I've played with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.  I've read all the reviews.  I've talked with Microsoft's head of PR.  Starting tomorrow morning you will hear more about this new OS and OEM'd product line like nothing since Xbox.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
October 11: All Windows Phone 7, all the time  —  Just blocks from the New York City GooglePlex and Apple's flagship West Village store, Microsoft and partners will be launching Windows Phone 7 on October 11.  —  “Launching,” in this case, is not synonymous with shipping.
Discussion: Engadget, Fone Arena and Phones Review
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 …
Discussion: Lost Remote
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.
Discussion: InformationWeek
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
R&D: Short-term focus, cynicism hampers us  —  Google creates a car that uses artificial intelligence to drive itself and the tech conversation automatically goes from research and development to the search giant's motives to future business models.  —  Can't we just sit back and enjoy a neat technology breakthrough for a few hours?
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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 …
Discussion: Download Squad
TmoNews:
Is This The T-Mobile HTC HD7?  —  With only a day left until the Windows Phone 7 Launch Party and the HTC HD7 all but confirmed for Magenta, one of our ninjas dropped something interesting in our inbox.  Above you will see what seem to be the very first T-Mobile branded HTC HD7/Schubert images.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
LG Optimus 7 Windows Phone 7 smartphone gets early reveal  —  It's Windows Phone 7 day and we've a feeling someone over at LG is going to get a scolding since they've pulled the trigger early on their smartphone announcement.  The LG Optimus 7 is the company's entrant to the WP7 market …
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: Softpedia News and Gawker
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Mark Zuckerberg, The Architect  —  The Social Network is an excellent movie.  It's fast, entertaining.  And words crafted by Aaron Sorkin, one of Hollywood's most talented screenwriter, flatter the Harvard crowd and make it sound wittier than it actually is.
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 …
Tim Carmody / Gadget Lab:
In High School Chem Labs, Every Cameraphone Can Be a Spectrometer  —  University of Illinois chemistry professor Alexander Scheeline has developed software that turns a camera phone, an LED, and a few other cheap tools into a spectrometer.  Armed with these, he thinks we can bring high-end analytic tools …
Discussion: ThinkMobile
 
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Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Why cell phones may be more dangerous than we think
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US offenders unmonitored as tagging system fails
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Beth Snyder Bulik / AdAge:
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Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
Social gaming sector braces for deal wave
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
XKCD Updates Its Map: We No Longer Live In Actual Countries But Digital Ones
Discussion: GeekSmack
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Social Network Wins Another Weekend At The Box Office With $15.5M …
Discussion: Flowtown and The Wrap
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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 …
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