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9:35 AM ET, October 16, 2010

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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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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Is this the new MacBook Air?  —  We just received this shot of what is purportedly the inside of the new MacBook Air.  Contrary to popular belief, the machine appears to be another 13.3-incher, with the primary modification being extra room for battery cells and apparently no room for a hard drive.
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” …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Leanback Freshens Up For Google TV's Debut  —  One of the things that Google thinks you'll do with Google TV is watch a lot of Google video, via YouTube.  That's why the search giant introduced a “Leanback” version of the site, designed for couch-bound surfers, over the summer.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Playing With YouTube Leanback On Google TV: Nice!  —  Today at YouTube, I had a chance to play briefly with YouTube Leanback, best described as a way to channel surf YouTube on your regular TV.  It was pretty cool.  Here's my quick impressions and a short video of it in action.
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Costco dropping iPod over iPad snub?  —  Membership club Costco, the third-largest retailer in the U.S., is preparing to cease carrying iPods, according to an iLounge source who asked not to be identified.  Based on the report, which notes that iPods have already disappeared from the company's web site …
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, WinBeta and Electronista, Thanks:rawmeet
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Next Android Release To Be Called ‘Ice Cream’  —  In the playful world of Google, it looks like Ice Cream will come after Gingerbread and  —  Honeycomb.  —  Let me explain.  —  One of the charms of Google's Android mobile platform is that the company names each release after a dessert, in alphabetical order.
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
US, Canada have priciest cell phone plans in the world  —  Mobile users in the US and Canada tend to pay more for a complete cell phone package than anyone else in the world, according to a new report from the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative (OTI).
Discussion: DSLreports and NewAmerica.net
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola DROID 2 security flaw allows Voice Actions from passcode-protected state  —  One of our astute readers let us know about a bug that appears to be present in all stock, unrooted, Motorola DROID 2s (and potentially other Android 2.2 devices with BLUR).
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.
Chris Dury / GetJar Developer Blog:
Angry birds?  Angry users!  —  Wow!  People love Angry Birds!  —  Today we launched the full version of Angry Birds for Andriod, before it was available anywhere else.  The demand exceeded all expectations, and degraded performance on getjar.com.  For some time, the site was inaccessible due to the load.
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 …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
And Now a Folksy Update From Carol Bartz, Massive Outage Relegated to “PS”  —  Talk about burying the lead.  For your Friday reading pleasure, the latest memo from “fearless leader” Carol Bartz, talking up how far the company has come and how the outage just proved how important Yahoo is.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Hey, That's Me Up On That Screen  —  THE opening scenes of “The Social Network,” in which Mark Zuckerberg's character embarks on a manic marathon coding session with his friends, rang eerily true to 23-year-old Jared Hecht.  That's because he lived through it — although not at Harvard and not in 2003.
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Evan Williams Takes Questions On Twitter And Reveals Some Of What Could Be Next
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Motorola seeks to invalidate Apple phone patents
Discussion: IntoMobile and Patently Apple
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Canadian Court Says Amazon's One-Click Patent Should Be Allowed
Discussion: Globe and Mail
Andrew Parker / Financial Times:
Sony Ericsson to stop using Symbian system
Discussion: PC World and asymco
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Are Windows Phone 7 slates waiting in the wings?  Don't get your hopes up
Joey Sneddon / OMG!:
Short video shows off uTouch on Ubuntu Unity
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
AMD holding off on tablets, admits iPad cannibalizing notebooks