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7:00 PM ET, October 15, 2010

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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
White iPhone spotted in New York, owner explains why you haven't got one yet  —  So there we were, in a lift at a press event in New York City, when we spotted a white iPhone 4 strutting its stuff in the hands of a mystery man.  —  A bit of covert photography later, that would make even the …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: Apple to unveil revamped 11.6-inch MacBook Air next week  —  Apple next Wednesday will unveil its latest bid to cater to consumers in the market for a true sub-notebook with the introduction of a smaller, 11.6-inch MacBook Air redesigned from the ground up, AppleInsider has been able to confirm from several independent sources.
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Source: Smaller MacBook Air on Apple's agenda  —  Apple is expected to introduce a new, smaller MacBook Air at a press conference next week.  —  Everything about the new Air will be smaller, including the price.  The exact final price isn't known right now, but it will be “significantly lower” …
Eduardo Saverin / CNBC Guest Blog:
Facebook Co-Founder Speaks Publicly: What I Learned From Watching “The Social Network”  —  Imagine sitting in a movie theater, and when the lights dim and credits roll, you see your life unfold on the screen.  —  I recently had this opportunity as I watched, with amazement and humility …
Trevor Claiborne / Google Analytics Blog:
Introducing In-Page Analytics: Visual context for your Analytics data  —  When looking at Google Analytics reports, sometimes it's difficult to visualize how visitors navigate on a given website page.  To make this visualization easier, some users keep the website open in another browser tab …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Why Microsoft?  Ballmer's reply to underwhelmed college student  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer drew a large crowd of students at the University of Washington computer science department today, giving a broad overview of the company and the direction of the tech industry.
Christy Pettey / Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Media Tablet Sales on Pace to Reach 19.5 Million Units in 2010  —  Media Tablet Sales to Grow 181 Percent in 2011  —  Driven by sales of the iPad, worldwide media tablet sales to end users are forecast to reach 19.5 million units in 2010, according to Gartner …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
After 18 years, AutoCAD returns to the Mac  —  Autodesk today returned to the Mac with the release of industry-standard AutoCAD.  There's even a 30-day free trial of this most important of 3D CAD software for designers, and its return to the Mac really is a big deal — it has been absent from the platform for 18 years.
Tim Carmody / Gadget Lab:
Windows Phone 7 Is the Real Facebook Phone  —  When Microsoft and Facebook announced that they were partnering to integrate Facebook and Bing for social network-powered search, it confirmed something I thought Monday: Windows Phone 7 is the real Facebook phone.
Discussion: Mobility Digest and WinBeta, Thanks:rawmeet
Bobby Caina Calvan / Sacramento Bee:
Talk about going viral: Touch-screen devices can harbor flu germs  —  A squeeze, a flick, a touch - but keep those grimy, germ-infested hands off that iPhone.  Who knows where those fingers have been?  —  Personal touch-screen devices - iPads, BlackBerrys and Droids - are now seemingly everywhere …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Apple Developing iAds for Video  —  Apple will be adding a video angle to its advertising offerings in the coming months, with a new product that will deliver in-stream ads to videos shown on the iPhone, iPad and (potentially) the Apple TV, according to multiple sources.
Guardian:
WikiLeaks says funding has been blocked after government blacklisting  —  Founder Julian Assange hits out at decision by Moneybookers, which collects the whistleblowing website's donations  —  The whistleblowing group WikiLeaks claims that it has had its funding blocked and that it is the victim …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
AMD holding off on tablets, admits iPad cannibalizing notebooks  —  AMD Chief Executive Dirk Meyer weighed in on the iPad's impact on sales of netbooks and notebooks, surmising that Apple's tablet has cannibalized both.  Meanwhile, the company is waiting for the market to develop …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
RockYou Rocked By Layoffs As It Switches Focus To Social Games  —  RockYou, a social network app developer that also has an advertising branch, has had substantial layoffs this week, we've just confirmed.  The company says that it has “restructured the organization” in the last couple of days …
Phred Dvorak / Wall Street Journal:
RIM Tries Harder on Apps  —  BlackBerry Maker Hopes New Tools Lure Customers From iPhone, Other Devices  —  Research in Motion Ltd. is making its biggest push yet to woo developers, in an attempt to attract more applications—and the consumers who love them —to their BlackBerry smartphones.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Angry Birds set to flutter onto Android phones  —  Angry Birds broke all of the records on the Apple App Store in the past 10 months, selling more than 7 million copies.  Soon, it will be available on phones running Google Android software.  —  Rovio, the Helsinki-based developer of Angry Birds …
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Bill Ray / The Register:   Angry Birds addicts crash GetJar site
Bloomberg:
Bloomberg Game Changers: Steve Jobs  —  Through interviews with friends, former colleagues and business associates, GAME CHANGERS reveals the many layers of the intensely private Steve Jobs - his style of leadership, management and creative process.  Interviews include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak …
David Winograd / TUAW:
The iBookstore six months after launch: One big failure  —  It's been over six months since the release of the iPad on April 3rd, and the simultaneous launch of iBooks and the iBookstore, which promised to give Amazon's Kindle and Kindle Store a run for its money.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and TeleRead
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Video: NYC Band Replaces Stolen Instruments With iPhones  —  I used to manage an indie rock band back in the day, and having our instruments break down or even stolen was definitely a huge concern.  With technological progress, and especially the iDevice revolution, it seems like this is not much of a big deal anymore.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Rollover image on your website?  That will be $80,000 (please)  —  “Dear website owner, congratulations on your excellent site, which includes features covered by our registered patent, #5,251,294.  As the description indicates, many of the components on your pages, particularly your menus …
Andrew Parker / Financial Times:
Sony Ericsson to stop using Symbian system  —  Sony Ericsson is to stop making smartphones featuring Nokia's Symbian operating system.  —  The move means that the troubled Finnish mobile maker is likely to be the only significant user of Symbian.  —  Analysts said Sony Ericsson's decision confirmed the …
Discussion: asymco
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Motorola seeks to invalidate Apple phone patents  —  Motorola must have been feeling neglected lately, because the company has decided to turn the Apple-HTC patent scuffle into a three-way.  Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Motorola proper, has already filed lawsuits against Apple in Illinois …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Patently Apple
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorry, But Google's Still A One-Trick Pony* — The $2.5 Billion Of Display Revenue Is Not As Impressive As It Sounds  —  *UPDATED to add comments from Google below.  —  Google had a very strong quarter, and the company is in an unbelievably strong financial position.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Copy-Protected DRM Site Hacked By Anonymous  —  A site run by the MPAA has become the most recent victim of cyber attacks being carried out by Anonymous.  CopyProtected.com, a site used to inform on copy protection and DRM on DVD and Blu-ray movie discs, now displays a missive from the anarchic group .
Discussion: Sunbelt Blog, p2pnet, Slyck and The Next Web
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Are Windows Phone 7 slates waiting in the wings?  Don't get your hopes up  —  Windows Phone 7 phones are coming, starting next week in Europe and November 8 in the U.S. But what about slates running the Windows Phone OS 7 operating system?  —  There are slates out there running Apple's iOS …
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Canadian Court Says Amazon's One-Click Patent Should Be Allowed
Discussion: Globe and Mail
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Places Updates Reviews Section, Yelp Is Back
Joey Sneddon / OMG!:
Short video shows off uTouch on Ubuntu Unity
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Google, Capex Costs are Worth The Money
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Index, Union Square Like SoundCloud's Web-Based Tune
Discussion: MediaPost and Softpedia News
 Earlier Items: 
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Listens To Users, Brings Back “Clear Chat History”
Discussion: VatorNews, All Facebook and msnbc.com
Bloomberg:
TPG Said to Be in Talks to Buy Seagate for $7.5 Billion With KKR
John R. Quain / New York Times:
Cars Born to Run With Smartphone Apps
Christopher Lawton / Digits:
Nokia Prepares to Give Developers a Look at High-End System
David Kaplan / paidContent:
NYT Replaces Editors' Choice iPad App With Full Version—Free For Now
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Exclusive: High-Profile Hires for Palm-Nokia's Ari Jaaksi …