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11:45 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 …
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 …
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.
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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Cade Metz / The Register:
Mozilla man accuses Jobs of ‘bypass the web’ scheme  —  Apple.com busts Firefox 4  —  On Wednesday, as Steve Jobs went “Back to the Mac,” the fanbois of the world enjoyed their usual collective orgasm.  But for Mozilla director of Firefox development Mike Beltzner, the reaction was decidedly different.
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.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AT&T Profits Triple, But New iPhone Subs Fall To All-Time Low  —  AT&T's Q3 profits rose on a favorable tax settlement and the sale of its Sterling Commerce business-software unit to IBM, but cracks are starting to show in its exclusive hold on Apple's iPhone.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AT&T third quarter on target: 5.2 million iPhone activations
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel and The9 invest $8M in social game platform Aurora Feint  —  Social game platforms are hot.  Intel Capital and Chinese online game publisher The9 have invested $8 million in social game platform company Aurora Feint, which runs the equivalent of the Xbox Live gaming service for Apple and Android mobile phones.
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.
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 …
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!
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Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
New MacBook Airs: Faster, Lighter, Instant On, 30 Day Standby Power
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
First Alpha Of Opera 11 Released, Developers Can Now Build Extensions  —  Announced last week at a global press event, Opera Software has now debuted the next version of its desktop browser, aptly named Opera.  —  The new browser, which is dubbed Opera 11 and is currently in ‘alpha’ mode …
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
 
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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:
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Erik Cisler / All Facebook:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Office 365: Sorry, folks. This is not Office in the cloud
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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
Kevin Murphy / The Register:
Sex.com sells for $13m
Discussion: BBC, Inquirer, GOOD and Pocket-lint
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’