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10:05 AM ET, October 21, 2010

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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  —  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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
A Windows Phone 7 ‘review’ from a non-reviewer  —  I am not a reviewer.  I am a news reporter.  I've never written a product review in my life.  (And I don't intend to start now.)  —  But I did — by a stroke of luck plus a little persistence — talk my way into Microsoft's Windows Phone …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yep, Apple Killed The CD Today  —  Stop.  Take a deep breath.  Before my headline gets you all worked up, consider what I'm saying here.  The CD and other optical discs, like DVDs and Blu-rays, are obviously going to live on for a while as a way to transport media.
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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.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
The new MacBook Air was released today, and it's a hell of an upgrade.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
New MacBook Airs come with Software Reinstall USB drive
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Celebrating Windows 7 at 1 Year - More than 240 Million Licenses Sold  —  Today's an exciting day!  We are announcing that more than 240 million licenses of Windows 7 have been sold.  Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history.  As of September, Windows 7 was running …
Discussion: Download Squad and ZDNet, Thanks:brandonleblanc
Nicole Kobie / PC Pro:
Apple looking to ditch Java?  —  An Apple developer has leaked the rules document governing the new Mac App Store - and it's not good news for Java.  —  One line in the App Store Review Guidelines says any apps using “deprecated or optionally-installed technologies”, such as Java, will be rejected from the store.
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AppleInsider:
Apple issues review guidelines for Mac App Store
Discussion: Inquirer, Gizmodo and Macworld
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Nokia cuts workers, consolidates dev platforms, posts profit  —  Nokia on Thursday made a bevy of moves it hopes will make it more competitive in the smartphone market.  The changes mark the first efforts of new CEO Stephen Elop to revamp the company.  —  The first item covers the technical area.
MACNOTES.NET:
FaceTime for Mac - a serious threat for your Apple ID  —  While many users are happy about having FaceTime on their Mac, we are a little anxious about some security glitches present in the current beta of the software.  With a few clicks others can make use of the user's Apple ID and reset the password with ease.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Mac OS X Lion: Sneak Peek Analysis
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Say Hello To The Mac App Store: Like The iOS App Store, But For Your Mac
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mark Zuckerberg On The Biggest Difference Between “The Social Network” And Reality  —  In The Social Network, a movie about the founding of Facebook, a fictional Mark Zuckerberg builds the site in order to impress a girl and gain social notoriety.  —  Speaking at Y-combinator event over the weekend …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AT&T third quarter on target: 5.2 million iPhone activations  —  AT&T's third quarter earnings were on target with estimates as the company activated a record 5.2 million iPhones amid a total of 8 million smartphones.  —  The company reported third quarter earnings of $12.3 billion …
Andreas Türk / European Public Policy Blog:
How many German households have opted-out of Street View?  —  Cross posted from Der Google Produkt-Kompass  —  Since April 2009, people in Germany have been able to ask for their house to be blurred on Street View ahead of the product being launched.  At first they could ‘opt-out’ by writing us …
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Fast Company's “Influence Project” - So Lame, Fast Company Ignored Its Own Results  —  Cast your mind back to July.  Fast Company launched its “Influence Project,” a scheme supposedly designed to see who has the most influence online.  The results are in!  And the winners aren't anyone …
Discussion: Fast Company, FM Blog and TechCrunch
Technology Review:
Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, AMD  —  China may finally have a processor to power a homegrown supercomputer.  —  At this year's Hot Chips conference at Stanford University, Weiwu Hu, the lead architect of the “national processor” of China, revealed three new chip designs.
Discussion: Fudzilla
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom Hires Superstar Lawyer to Handle YouTube Appeal  —  EXCLUSIVE: Earlier this year, Viacom suffered a major defeat at the hands of Google when a New York district court judge ruled that YouTube qualified for “safe harbor” from claims of direct and contributory copyright infringement.
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.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Apple quietly updates MacBook Pro with optional 2.8GHz Core i7 processor  —  Sure, Apple's “Back to the Mac” press conference was all about software and a manila envelope or two, but Cupertino also sent out a silent love letter to its MacBook Pro lineup.  Specifically, the 15-inch …
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
SmartTwitter Posts Your Tweets On Facebook, Minus The Noise
Tom Whitehead / Telegraph:
Every email and website to be stored
Christopher Steiner / Forbes:
The Disruptor In The Valley  —  Paul Graham's Y Combinator …
Bruce Eckel / Bruce Eckel's Weblog:
Google Groups Data To Be Destroyed!
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Is Kleiner Perkins about to announce a Facebook fund?
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Netflix Accounts For 20% Of Peak U.S. Internet Bandwidth: Study
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Erik Cisler / All Facebook:
Target Unveils In-Store Facebook Photo Printing
Discussion: Go Rumors, Inside Facebook and Engadget
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
What's Next for Posterous: Geo, Groups, Premium
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Office 365: Sorry, folks. This is not Office in the cloud
Discussion: PC World and FierceCIO News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Adds First Widgets to Its Page
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Panda Antivirus debuts for the Mac
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Netflix Says Streaming-Only Subscriptions Could Come This Year …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
EA Buys ‘Angry Birds’ Publisher Chillingo For $20 Million, Doesn't Get ‘Angry Birds’