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12:20 AM ET, October 21, 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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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
MacBook Air (11.6-inch) first hands-on! (update: video!)  —  Look, all we can tell you is that this is one of the tiniest, thinnest, most lust-worthy laptops we've ever seen.  We're taking a deeper look at the device right now, but for the time being, enjoy the gallery below!  —  Update: Video after the break!
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
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.
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  —  Have you been looking for the definitive review of Windows Phone 7?  Well look no further.  Microsoft's next (and perhaps final) opportunity to break back into the smartphone race has officially begun, and Engadget has been cranking on a variety …
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 …
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Reuters:
Electronic Arts to buy Chillingo for $20 mln-source
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.
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
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Is Kleiner Perkins about to announce a Facebook fund?  —  Famous venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers will hold a press conference tomorrow morning at Facebook headquarters, where partner John Doerr will supposedly discuss “social web developments.”
Bruce Eckel / Bruce Eckel's Weblog:
Google Groups Data To Be Destroyed! … I find Google Groups to be very useful; it solves an important problem.  I rely on it and I don't assume that it's going to go away like, say, the great social experiment of Google Wave (conclusion: if a product isn't pretty obvious to the users in a short time, they'll probably never get it).
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 …
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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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
At $600, Is Verizon's Android Tablet DOA? Maybe Not.
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.
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Netflix Accounts For 20% Of Peak U.S. Internet Bandwidth: Study  —  Sandvine Report Finds Median Monthly Data Usage in North America is 4 GB  —  Netflix represents more than 20% of downstream Internet traffic during peak times in the U.S. — and is heaviest in the primetime hours of 8 to 10 p.m. …
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
Erik Cisler / All Facebook:
Target Unveils In-Store Facebook Photo Printing  —  Grandma's always hearing about the exciting developments in your life way after the fact.  She doesn't get your Farmville updates, nor does she keep up with your news feed.  Hell, she probably still calls it “The Facebook.”
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Engadget
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.
Discussion: Press Panda Security and Erictric
Christopher Steiner / Forbes:
The Disruptor In The Valley  —  Paul Graham's Y Combinator has stormed Silicon Valley and pioneered a better way to build a company.Justin Kan and Emmett Shear watched their first startup, an online calendar called Kiko, implode when Google decided to do the same thing in 2006.
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?
Discussion: GMSV and ReadWriteWeb
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 …
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Offers New Drag-and-Drop Interface For Reordering Photos and Albums
Discussion: Softpedia News
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Yahoo chief: ‘Do I look like a wimp?’
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
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Chris Burns / SlashGear:
Apple FaceTime for the Desktop and Laptop Announced, Beta Available Today
Donna Tapellini / Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Live from Apple: iPhoto 11 gets Facebook enhancements, better book publishing
Discussion: TUAW
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Studios once owned Netflix, bailed too soon
Discussion: The Wrap
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
Boxee Box Ships on Nov 10th, RSVP for the launch event in NYC
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Lenovo says no Android tablet in US until Honeycomb; no Windows 7 tablet, period