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5:35 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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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!
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
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 …
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.
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Angry Birds addicts crash GetJar site
Discussion: WebProNews and Technologizer
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Sony Ericsson to introduce Windows Phone 7 in 2011  —  Sony Ericsson, Sony Corp.'s handset division, will introduce Microsoft Windows Phone 7 devices next year as it dumps Nokia's Symbian mobile operating system, CEO Bert Nordberg said today.  —  The company, which estimated …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Evan Williams Takes Questions On Twitter And Reveals Some Of What Could Be Next  —  Maybe it is a good thing that Twitter co-founder Evan Williams is no longer CEO — he now seems to have time to do things like answer a boatload of questions from users on Twitter.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
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
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Google: Change Your Password Twice a Year to Keep Safe  —  Change your passwords twice a year and never reuse them.  Those are a few of the tips Google lists in an online security checklist that helps people stay one step ahead of the scammers.  —  With most Internet users now wary of spam messages …
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 …
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 …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:   Bloomberg's Steve Jobs Documentary Now Available Online, Re-Airing Tonight
 
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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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Places Updates Reviews Section, Yelp Is Back
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
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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
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Copy-Protected DRM Site Hacked By Anonymous
Discussion: Sunbelt Blog, p2pnet, The Next Web and Slyck
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Listens To Users, Brings Back “Clear Chat History”
Discussion: VatorNews, All Facebook and msnbc.com
Christy Pettey / Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Media Tablet Sales on Pace to Reach 19.5 …
Bobby Caina Calvan / Sacramento Bee:
Talk about going viral: Touch-screen devices can harbor flu germs
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorry, But Google's Still A One-Trick Pony* …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Why Microsoft? Ballmer's reply to underwhelmed college student
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Register