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9:20 PM ET, October 20, 2010

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Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
New MacBook Airs: Faster, Lighter, Instant On, 30 Day Standby Power  —  It's been two years since the last MacBook Air refresh, but Apple's made up for lost time: the redesigned MacBook Air weighs 2.9 pounds, lasts 30 days on standby power, and rocks complete unibody construction.  And a storage secret.
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
New MacBook Airs come with Software Reinstall USB drive  —  What's a MacBook Air to do in the case of a software emergency without an internal or external optical drive?  Well, Apple's thankfully considered that situation, and has included a Software Reinstall USB drive with both the 11-inch and 13-inch models.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
The new MacBook Air was released today, and it's a hell of an upgrade.  It got much better and it's at an extremely compelling price.  —  It's a great computer, but it's not for everyone.  It's like a two-seater car.  Read on if you think it might be for you.  —  The Air's limitations
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Mac OS X Lion: Sneak Peek Analysis  —  Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is here.  As we predicted, Apple's operating system is going in the same direction as the iPad—and for good reason.  Here is a visual guide to the main features unveiled today.  Updating live  —  Mac OS X Lion is another step …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
EA Buys ‘Angry Birds’ Publisher Chillingo For $20 Million, Doesn't Get ‘Angry Birds’  —  According to Reuters, Electronic Arts just bought Angry Birds publishers Chillingo for $20 million in cash.  Apparently early reports caused some confusion as to who actually owned Angry Birds …
Discussion: Digits, VG247, TUAW and Mobile Entertainment
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Reuters:
Electronic Arts to buy Chillingo for $20 mln-source
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Say Hello To The Mac App Store: Like The iOS App Store, But For Your Mac  —  There will be a Mac App Store in Mac OS X Lion.  It will be much the same as the current App Store found in iOS devices.  It will open in 90 days.  —  Apple says the various Apps will be managed in something called the Launchpad.
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Louis Gray:
Apple, Google Agree Web is Future of Software Delivery
Discussion: MacStories
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon to sell Galaxy Tab starting November 11th for $599.99  —  Well, we finally have a price on this thing!  America's largest carrier has announced plans to sell Samsung's Galaxy Tab for... $599.99.  The 3G, Android 2.2-based unit (which will be loaded with V CAST apps, of course) …
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Microsoft's New Windows Phone 7: Novel But Lacking  —  Nearly four years after Apple unveiled the iPhone, and more than two years after Google introduced its first Android smartphone, Microsoft is launching its effort to catch up.  On Nov. 8, AT&T and T-Mobile will begin selling …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 review
Discussion: Gizmodo
Kevin Murphy / The Register:
Sex.com sells for $13m  —  You don't get many of them to the pound, eh  —  The storied domain name sex.com is set to be sold for $13m, The Register has learned.  —  Bankrupt Escom LLC sex.com's current owner, has sealed a deal to hand over the domain to a company called Clover Holdings Ltd …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Netflix Says Streaming-Only Subscriptions Could Come This Year, More International Expansion in 2011  —  First look at Netflix earnings: Revenue of $553 million and GAAP earnings of $0.70.  Non-GAAP earnings were $.078.  Wall Street was looking for $551 million and $0.71 from Reed Hastings's company.
Joe Hewitt:
Android and Open Source  —  Yesterday I made some comments on Twitter that were critical of Android's claims of openness.  As many have learned the hard way, it can be challenging to discuss a complex subject in 140 character chunks without omitting important parts of your opinions, so I want to clarify some things.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Office 365: Sorry, folks.  This is not Office in the cloud  —  Microsoft held a 30-minute press conference on October 19 to unveil its strategy for planned upgrades to its Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), its Live@Edu offering and its Office Live Small Business service.
Discussion: Computerworld
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Engineer Builds Facebook Disconnect  —  Tired of the endless unsolicited entreaties to “Connect via Facebook” as you surf the web?  Excited for Y Connect and want to keep a clean palate beforehand?  Scared about Facebook not necessarily having your best interests at heart when it comes to privacy?
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Microsoft and New York in Software Deal  —  New York City has put the squeeze on Microsoft, negotiating a bulk software purchasing deal that should lower technology costs for the city and give government workers access to more modern applications.  —  Instead of having dozens …
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
Boxee Box Ships on Nov 10th, RSVP for the launch event in NYC  —  We just got final confirmation from D-Link that the Boxee Box will start shipping on Nov 10th.  Boxee and D-Link will have a launch event in NYC to celebrate and demo the Boxee Box, complete with Boxee 1.0.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Panda Antivirus debuts for the Mac  —  Panda Security has launched its latest product, this one geared specifically for Mac users.  —  The security firm today unveiled Panda Antivirus for the Mac, designed to defend Mac OS and OS X users against viruses, spyware, adware, and other forms of malware.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Linden Lab Founder Steps Down As Interim CEO  —  More management upheaval at Second Life-parent Linden Lab: Founder Philip Rosedale, who took over as interim CEO after Mark Kingdon stepped down in June, says he's leaving the post.  Bob Komin, the company's CFO and COO, will take over temporarily …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Thanks To PayPal, eBay Beats The Street And Posts 14 Percent Increase In Net Income  —  eBay just posted Q3 earnings today; reporting that revenue for the quarter increased a slight 1% to $2.2 billion, or up 10% excluding Skype, compared to the same period of 2009 (eBay sold Skype in Q3 last year).
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Adds First Widgets to Its Page  —  The recent radical redesign of the Twitter homepage integrated media like photos and video into the sidebar of every user's page, and today the company announced that it has partnered with an outside organization to launch the first widget that's usable - and sharable - from inside Twitter.
Discussion: Twitter Blog
Chris Burns / SlashGear:
Apple FaceTime for the Desktop and Laptop Announced, Beta Available Today  —  Apple announces FaceTime, the first video calling on mobile devices. 19 million Facetime devices shipped in the first 4 months they've been out.  Not only can you use FaceTime on these mobile devices now, you can use them on your laptop or desktop.
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Yahoo chief: ‘Do I look like a wimp?’  —  Yahoo chief executive Carol Bartz addressed commentary that she should be fired in an interview Wednesday with Fox Business.  —  She sounded undaunted: “Look at what Yahoo is doing.  If I am being shown the door, I am coming in the door.  Watch what we are doing.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Erik Cisler / All Facebook:
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
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Donna Tapellini / Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Live from Apple: iPhoto 11 gets Facebook enhancements, better book publishing
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 Earlier Items: 
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Apple announces iLife '11, $49 upgrade or free with every new Mac, available today
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Studios once owned Netflix, bailed too soon
Discussion: The Wrap
Kelly Hodgkins / IntoMobile:
Samsung working on a new platform for mobile phones and TVs
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Lenovo says no Android tablet in US until Honeycomb; no Windows 7 tablet, period
David Gelles / blogs.ft.com:
Square doesn't work with iPhone4 (Updated)
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:dgelles
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Invests In Local Deals Site Signpost
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Porn studio a step closer to revealing pirates' IDs
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and TG Daily
Om Malik / GigaOM:
State of the Internet: Mobile Web's Explosive Growth
Discussion: Digits and ReadWriteWeb