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3:15 PM 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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Seven new things to know about Windows Phone 7  —  October 11 was the official Microsoft launch of Windows Phone 7.  I asked readers what they wanted to know and have gotten a number of reader questions about Microsoft's strategy, the products and the future.  Here are the answers I've been able to get (so far).
Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
Introducing App Hub for Windows Phone 7 & Indie Game Developers  —  Earlier today Microsoft and its partners announced the first wave of Windows Phone 7 devices and when they will be available.  Events are taking place in regions around the world to give people a first look at actual devices by carrier.
Amazon.com:
Kindle Singles, Which Can Be Twice the Length of a New Yorker Feature or as Much as a Few Chapters of a Typical Book, Coming Soon to the Kindle Store  —  Less than 10,000 words or more than 50,000: that is the choice writers have generally faced for more than a century—works either …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Amazon's Kindle Singles e-books: One shrewd business move
Discussion: BetaNews, Crave and MediaMemo
Adam Huda / The Official Posterous Posterous:
Introducing Posterous for the iPhone: The Only Sharing App You Need  —  Effortless sharing from your iPhone has arrived with the new Posterous iPhone app.  If you are looking for a fun and simple way to update friends and family while you're on-the-go, the Posterous iPhone app is for you.
Josh Fruhlinger / InfoWorld:
Oracle-IBM pact cuts Android off at the knees  —  Larry Ellison's latest move could seriously undermine Android, no matter how Oracle's courtroom battles with Google turn out.  —  If you have only a passing interest in Java development, you probably didn't think of much of yesterday's announcement …
SquareTrade:
iPhone 4 glass breaking 82% more than iPhone 3gs - four months in  —  SquareTrade analyzed iPhone accidents for over 20,000 iPhone 4s covered by SquareTrade Care Plans and found a 82% increase in reported broken screens compared to the iPhone 3gs.  Highlights of the study include …
Wall Street Journal:
Indian Firms in Talks to Sell iPhone  —  MUMBAI—Two Indian telecom operators are in talks with Apple Inc. to launch an iPhone in India based on the code division multiple access technology in a bid to tap the growing smartphone market in one of the world's fastest-growing mobile markets, people familiar with the matter said.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Twitter Events Now a Priority; Is the Hashtag Dead?  —  Twitter Events, an event-specific grouping of tweets, is going to be a priority now that Evan Williams has chosen to focus on product strategy, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said on the sidelines of an event Monday night in San Francisco.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Epicenter
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Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Twitter Aims to Get 1 Billion Users, Matching Facebook Target
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.
AppleInsider:
Bloomberg to profile Steve Jobs in one-hour TV special this Thursday  —  Apple chief executive Steve Jobs will be the subject of a TV special that will air on Bloomberg television this week, tracing the Silicon Valley superstar from his days as a college dropout through his leadership role …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacRumors Page 2 and TiPb
Matt Williams / Digg Blog:
Greetings from the new CEO  —  I'd like to use this opportunity to introduce myself.  I'm Matt Williams, Digg's new CEO.  It's certainly been an eventful first month on the job.  As many of you know, the launch of Digg v4 didn't go smoothly, and we're deeply sorry that we disappointed our Digg community in the process.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and The Next Web
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Radical change coming to Net addresses (FAQ)  —  Come 2012, confused camera customers might be able to point their browsers to a Web address that looks very different from what's available today: support.canon.  —  That's because the organization in charge of such names …
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.
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.
Matthew Zuras / Switched:
Dump the Satellite: Man Uses Kite to Take Aerial Pics for Google Maps  —  We already know that kites outfitted with cameras can provide a DIY alternative to satellite imagery, as was evidenced in Grassroots Mapping's overhead shots of the oil-strangled Gulf Coast.
Discussion: CNET News and Google Earth Blog
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.
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.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
IAB: Online Ad Revenues $12.1 billion (1H), Search Is 47 Percent  —  This morning the IAB announced online ad revenues for the first half of 2010.  According to the report, revenues increased 11.3 percent vs. the same period a year ago.  Second quarter ad revenues were $6.2 billion, a 4.1 percent increase over last year.
Discussion: TechCrunch, MediaMemo and IAB
Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
Microsoft: New virtualization software will boost Windows 7 upgrades  —  Microsoft's updated desktop virtualization package will help enterprises migrate to Windows 7 by allowing compatibility with legacy applications that would not otherwise work on the new operating system.
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
John P. Martin / Philly.com:
Lower Merion district's laptop saga ends with $610,000 settlement  —  The Lower Merion School District will pay $610,000 to settle lawsuits over its tracking of student laptop computers, ending an eight-month saga that thrust the elite district into a global spotlight and stirred questions about technology and privacy in schools.
Discussion: eWeek and Ars Technica
 
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