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8:20 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
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 Rosoff / Silicon Alley Insider:
SURPRISE: Developing For Windows Phone 7 Isn't A Total Waste Of Time
Discussion: Gizmodo, VentureBeat and Engadget, Thanks:rawmeet
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Windows Phone 7 Shows Why RIM, Nokia Need a Fresh Start
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
HTC HD7: Hello, All 4.3-Inches of Windows Phone 7
Chris Jones / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live and Windows Phone 7
Discussion: VentureBeat and 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.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Verizon iPhone may be among first CDMA handsets to offer concurrent data and voice
Discussion: Macworld and everythingiCafe
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg ‘Likes’ Facebook SNL Skit  —  After this weekend's Saturday Night Live/Facebook double header, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a Hulu link on his Facebook profile pointing to his faux guest appearance on “Weekend Update,” with the status “Andy Samberg plays me on SNL.
Discussion: SelectStart and MediaMemo
Kansas City Star:
New Service, AdKeeper™ Lets Consumers “Click to Save” Online Ads, Transforms User Online Media Experience  —  AdKeeper today announced a transformative online advertising service that will forever change the way consumers interact with the Internet.  With one simple click of a button …
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.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Testing Chrome OS Release Candidates.  Official Release 1 Month Away?  —  It was last July that Google dropped a nuclear bomb in announcing Chrome OS, their operating system based around their Chrome web browser.  The world was different back then — namely, Google's Android mobile operating system …
Discussion: Lifehacker and Electronista
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.
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Google Bets on Cheap Smartphones for India  —  NEW DELHI—Google Inc. is pushing to become a significant player in India's huge wireless industry as a range of little-known Indian handset makers release low-cost devices that include the tech giant's Android operating system in coming months.
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.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Meizu M8 ceases production amid pressure from Apple and intellectual property office  —  Well, can't say we didn't see this coming; we're just surprised that it's taken this long for Meizu to take a hit over its notorious handset.  In case you have no idea what we're talking about …
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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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Read 'Em All: Pentagon's 193 Mind-Numbing Cybersecurity Regs
Discussion: VizWorld.com and Gizmodo
Mark Hansen / Gap:
GAP LISTENS TO CUSTOMERS AND WILL KEEP CLASSIC BLUE BOX LOGO
Discussion: Mashable!, Velocity, AdAge and AdFreak
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Jesse Draper's Valley Girl Buys LA Tech Blog Lalawag
Discussion: lalawag
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Office 2010 beta to expire on Halloween
Kamelia Angelova / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gene Munster: Android-Based Tablets Will Be More Popular Than Apple's iPad
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes on Gladwell, Palin, 'The Social …
Discussion: Stowe Boyd
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Tries to Get Some Answers From Quora's Adam D'Angelo
Luca Sofri / The Huffington Post:
Everybody Can Get the New Yorker iPad app for free
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Discussion: Between the Lines Blog and Reuters
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Music Industry Fails In High Court Bid To Force 3 Strikes on ISP
Discussion: Teic.ie, TechEye, Inquirer and hypebot
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Eminem's publisher demand $2.2 million from Apple
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Why cell phones may be more dangerous than we think
Discussion: Gawker and Digital Society
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Finding Your Way Through the Mall or the Airport, With a Cellphone Map