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9:25 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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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
Louis Gray:
Apple, Google Agree Web is Future of Software Delivery
Discussion: Edge Magazine and MacStories
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.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
New MacBook Airs come with Software Reinstall USB drive
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.
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  —  “The App Store has revolutionized the way mobile apps are developed and distributed,” Apple writes in the Mac App Store Review Guidelines document.  “With over 300,000 apps and 7 billion downloads, it has been a huge hit with developers and users around the world.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Macworld and TUAW
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
SmartTwitter Posts Your Tweets On Facebook, Minus The Noise  —  Do you use Facebook?  Do you use Twitter?  Well then here's SmartTwitter.  You're welcome.  —  Yes it's true that Twitter already has its own clunky status updating app on Facebook and there are plenty of apps that do this, like Tweeter.
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
TmoNews:
T-Mobile HTC HD7 Launching November 8th For $199.99  —  Today, T-Mobile has officially announced the HTC HD7 availability and pricing.  Just as we anticipated, the T-Mobile HD7 will be officially available November 8th for $199.99 with a 2-year contract.  The HTC HD7 will be T-Mobile's …
Tom Whitehead / Telegraph:
Every email and website to be stored  —  Every email, phone call and website visit is to be recorded and stored after the Coalition Government revived controversial Big Brother snooping plans.  —  It will allow security services and the police to spy on the activities of every Briton who uses a phone or the internet.
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 …
 
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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
Erik Cisler / All Facebook:
Target Unveils In-Store Facebook Photo Printing
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Engadget
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Yahoo chief: ‘Do I look like a wimp?’
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and TechCrunch
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Panda Antivirus debuts for the Mac
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Netflix Says Streaming-Only Subscriptions Could Come This Year …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook files three antispam lawsuits
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
EA Buys ‘Angry Birds’ Publisher Chillingo For $20 Million, Doesn't Get ‘Angry Birds’