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2:40 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. 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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 launch day app roundup  —  With thousands of developers churning out thousands of apps, we've no doubt exploring the Marketplace is going to be a full-time job for at least a day or two after you nab your Windows Phone 7 device this fall — but with all the hullabaloo today …
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.
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
Windows Phone 7 Devices Arrive: A Video Tour  —  As expected, Microsoft on Monday unveiled a number of sleek, high-resolution, powerful Windows Phone smartphones on the AT&T network.  Microsoft also unveiled two T-Mobile devices; nothing from Verizon or Sprint until 2011.
Chris Jones / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live and Windows Phone 7
Discussion: SlashGear
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.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
iPhone apps have become 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Eminem's publisher demand $2.2 million from Apple  —  Eminem's people are determined to force Apple (AAPL) to cough up cold hard cash in settlement of the outstanding litigation over download sales of the artist's music.  —  Eminem's music publisher has asked a U.S. District Court judge …
Discussion: Detroit News
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Music Industry Fails In High Court Bid To Force 3 Strikes on ISP  —  An Internet service provider has won its “3 strikes” legal battle with the music industry.  The Irish Recorded Music Association - Warner, Universal, Sony and EMI - had tried to force UPC to disconnect subscribers who they claim …
Discussion: Inquirer, Teic.ie, TechEye and hypebot
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
HP Chairman Lane Smacks Back at NYT's Nocera: The Poison Pen Letter!  —  Who would have thought that the enterprise business would be this interesting?  —  But the continuing mishegas between Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and the controversial move between the companies by exec Mark Hurd has now dragged in the New York Times.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Mail.ru Confirms IPO With A Reported $5 Billion Valuation  —  At long last, this is where Mail.ru Group - the new name for russian digital investor Digital Sky Technologies' domestic assets - confirms it will IPO on the London Stock Exchange next month.  —  The group wants to float …
Agence France Presse:
China, Middle East leading digital age  —  88% of online users in China have written their own blog or forum entry, study shows.  —  China and the Middle East are racing ahead of the West in embracing the Internet, according to a new global study of online habits.
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 …
Discussion: techrockies.com
Lauren Goode / Digits:
Mobile TV's Uphill Climb  —  A group of broadcasters has been making the case that local content is the way to go when it comes to television on mobile devices, and it is wielding results from a recent consumer trial to prove it.  —  But there aren't yet many devices that use Mobile DTV chips …
 
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