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11:35 PM 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. 8  —  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.
Laura Foy / Channel 9:
First Look: Windows Phone 7 Hardware  —  In this video, Microsoft CVP Steve Guggenheimer introduces the new hardware devices that will be offering Windows Phone 7.  There's tactile keyboards, slide out speakers, surround sound, enhanced cameras, scratch resistance screens, and more.
Discussion: everythingWM and TechNet Blogs
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Windows Phone 7 Shows Why RIM, Nokia Need a Fresh Start  —  Microsoft today introduced its new Windows Phone 7 mobile platform in a nearly hour-long demonstration of the operating system by Microsoft Director of Windows Phone Program Management, Joe Belfiore.
Matt Rosoff / Silicon Alley Insider:
SURPRISE: Developing For Windows Phone 7 Isn't A Total Waste Of Time
Discussion: VentureBeat, Engadget and Gizmodo, Thanks:rawmeet
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
HTC HD7: Hello, All 4.3-Inches of Windows Phone 7
Steve Cheney / TechCrunch:
Apple Will Take A Pass On 4G Networks For The iPhone In 2011— Sorry Verizon and AT&T  —  Back in August I broke the news that Apple was lining up a component purchase of several million chipsets from Qualcomm for a CDMA-powered Verizon iPhone due in January.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Verizon iPhone may be among first CDMA handsets to offer concurrent data and voice  —  Forthcoming enhancements to the CDMA wireless standard could allow Apple to be among the first handset makers to deploy phones on the wireless networks of Sprint and Verizon that would be capable …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Trent Reznor: Zuckerberg Should Not Be Mentioned In The Same Breath As Steve Jobs  —  As you may be aware, musician Trent Reznor wrote and recorded (along with Atticus Ross) the score for David Fincher's new film, The Social Network — you know, the Facebook movie.
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Sean Adams / Drowned In Sound:   Interview: Trent Reznor discusses The Social Network soundtrack
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Facebook, Zynga Impose Fees on Private Sales of Shares  —  Facebook Inc. and Zynga Game Network Inc. are charging fees of at least $2,500 for each sale of company shares, a move legal experts say discourages employees from putting equity in the hands of large numbers of outside owners before an initial public offering.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Updated Yahoo Messenger app now live in App Store, 3G video calling bonanza awaits you  —  Not stoked on Skype or FaceTime?  Looks like you've got another option, bub.  That overhauled Yahoo Messenger app we told you about 48 hours ago is now live in the App Store, offering multitasking …
Colin Barr / Fortune:
Yahoo's Bartz: most overpaid  —  Yahoo's Carol Bartz is the new face of excessive CEO pay.  —  You can pay me now...  Bartz (right) sports the biggest paycheck on the list of 25 overindulged big companies compiled by proxy adviser Glass-Lewis.  —  She took home $39 million last year …
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
SFR outs the Palm Pre 2: 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM  —  Considering how tight of a lid Palm and HP have been keeping on details about the next Palm device, we were surprised to see it pop up on the website of French carrier SFR (who recently disappeared the Pre Plus).  It's official: the Palm Pre 2 is coming.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
“Deleted” Facebook photos still not deleted: a followup  —  Facebook may be making strides in some areas of privacy, but the company is still struggling when it comes to deleting user photos—or not deleting them, as the case may be.  —  We wrote a piece more than a year ago examining whether photos …
Discussion: Gawker
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
iPhone apps now more popular than major TV shows and sports broadcasts  —  Is iPhone the next American Idol?  —  The daily audience for apps that run on Apple's iOS operating system (for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) has now surpassed 19 million users, who spend an average of 22 minutes per …
Wall Street Journal:
‘Scrapers’ Dig Deep for Data on Web  —  At 1 a.m. on May 7, the website PatientsLikeMe.com noticed suspicious activity on its “Mood” discussion board.  There, people exchange highly personal stories about their emotional disorders, ranging from bipolar disease to a desire to cut themselves.
Discussion: Digits
Diane Peters / Creative Commons:
Improving Access to the Public Domain: the Public Domain Mark  —  Today, Creative Commons announces the release of its Public Domain Mark, a tool that enables works free of known copyright restrictions to be labeled in a way that allows them to be easily discovered over the Internet.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Bill Gates talks education tech  —  Bill Gates has been taking online classes for years.  Now, he thinks it's time to make sure a whole lot more students do the same.  —  Today, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is announcing a new multiyear grant program that will give millions …
Dave Caolo / TUAW:
Apple trademarks “There's an app for that”  —  Apple has been awarded a trademark for the phrase, “There's an app for that.”  The tagline has been used to promote the App Store and iOS devices almost since their inception, and has really caught on.  From tech articles to jokes told around the water cooler …
Robin Harding / Financial Times:
Google to map inflation using web data  —  Google is using its vast database of web shopping data to construct the ‘Google Price Index’ - a daily measure of inflation that could one day provide an alternative to official statistics.  —  The work by Google's chief economist, Hal Varian …
Mark Hansen / Gap:
GAP LISTENS TO CUSTOMERS AND WILL KEEP CLASSIC BLUE BOX LOGO  —  “Since we rolled out an updated version of our logo last week on our website, we've seen an outpouring of comments from customers and the online community in support of the iconic blue box logo. ”
Discussion: AdAge, Velocity, AdFreak and Gawker
Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Google Chrome Beats Firefox To Own The Tech Set  —  Firefox is no longer the most popular browser for tech savvy people, according to data from Gabe Rivera, founder of Techmeme.  —  Rivera passed along this chart which shows the share of web browser usage of people coming to his popular tech news site.
Discussion: WebProNews
Bob Sutor:
IBM joins the OpenJDK community, will help unify open source Java efforts  —  When people talk about open source, the notion of “forking” often comes up.  The idea is that some folks are not happy with the direction in which a project is going, so they take a copy of the source code, come up with a new name, and set up shop elsewhere.
Kamelia Angelova / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gene Munster: Android-Based Tablets Will Be More Popular Than Apple's iPad  —  While Apple supply chain vendors in China and Taiwan claim Apple is gearing up to sell 45 million iPads for the next year, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster thinks that number is “a little bit aggressive.”
 
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Discussion: VizWorld.com and Gizmodo
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg ‘Likes’ Facebook SNL Skit
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Testing Chrome OS Release Candidates.  Official Release 1 Month Away?
Discussion: Lifehacker and Electronista
Luca Sofri / The Huffington Post:
Everybody Can Get the New Yorker iPad app for free
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
HP Chairman Lane Smacks Back at NYT's Nocera: The Poison Pen Letter!
Discussion: Reuters and Between the Lines Blog
Tim Bray / ongoing:
Ten Theses on Tablets
Discussion: The Atlantic Online