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8:25 AM ET, October 12, 2010

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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Why Windows Phone 7 Will Make Android Look Chaotic  —  Microsoft may be late to the game with a consumer-savvy phone OS, but Windows Phone 7 is aiming to do right a lot of what Google is doing wrong.  Based on what I saw during a visit to Microsoft's headquarters two weeks ago …
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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Dell Venue Pro: Windows Phone 7's Dark Horse?  Hands On  —  I want to love the Dell Venue Pro.  This is the Windows Phone 7 with a keyboard that might actually work: a vertical slider, so it's usable one-handed and it gets around Windows Phone 7's problems with rotating screens.
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.
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 and AdExchanger.com
Electronista:
Walmart confirms iPad reaching its stores on Friday  —  Walmart this evening confirmed that the iPad would reach its stores this week.  The tablet arrives in its stores on Friday, October 15, and will include all models at the same prices that Apple charges.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Twitter Founders: Gladwell Got It Wrong  —  “Laughable,” “absurd,” “ludicrous” and “pointless” were words Twitter founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone used Monday night to describe a recent Malcolm Gladwell story in the New Yorker about the futility of social media to create real social change.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Twitter Crushing Facebook's Click-Through Rate: Report  —  What is the most effective way for marketers to spread their message online?  Facebook?  Twitter?  Company blogs?  Email?  —  According to a new report by marketing firm SocialTwist, Internet sharing trends have shifted heavily …
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.
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 …
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Buy a Poster of All Your Facebook Friends For $20  —  A new service called PrintingFacebook will put your friends' profile pictures—every last one of them—on a high-quality, 20" x 40" poster for just $20.  Throw a dart at it to decide which smoldering friendship to rekindle first!
Discussion: Laughing Squid
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Two New Android Apps To Help The Blind Navigate Around Town  —  They rarely get much press attention, but some of the greatest features to come out of the new era of smartphones are related to accessibility.  A few months back, blind iPhone user Austin Seraphin wrote about how the device had changed his life.
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 …
Discussion: Guardian and Bloomberg
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
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google The ‘Early Winner’ In Ads After Bing-Yahoo Integration  —  In the aftermath of Bing and Yahoo integrating their search ad platforms, the “early winner” seems to be Google, whose share of paid search spending rose more than two percent between the second and third quarters of this year.
Discussion: TechCrunch, paidContent and MediaPost
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.
Discussion: Drowned In Sound
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Ars Technica: banned in Iran!  —  “403 Forbidden”: that's what Ars readers in Iran are now seeing when they try to connect to arstechnica.com.  We were alerted to the block by a loyal Iranian reader late last week, and we checked our traffic statistics over the weekend; we do, in fact, appear to be banned.
Discussion: Gamertell and Epicenter
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
WordPress Adds SMS Notifications, Controls  —  If you're either a power WordPress user, a security-conscious blogger or simply a control freak, then the new SMS features offered by WordPress are going to be right up your alley.  —  From alerting you to changes on your blog to allowing …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
“Done Deal” - DeNA To Announce Ngmoco Acquisition Very Soon (Confirmed)  —  An update to our post last week on Japan's DeNA mulling over an acquisition of San Francisco based social gaming startup ngmoco.  The deal is supposedly done and will be announced shortly, possibly on Tuesday.
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.
Greg Sterling / Internet2Go:
Ending the Myth of Asian Mobile Usage Patterns Coming to US  —  For several years I went to mobile marketing or technology conferences to hear speakers say something like the following: “X is happening in Asia or Europe, so it's only a matter of time before it happens in the US.”
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 …
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
 
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