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12:55 PM 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: SlashGear
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.
Mike Vernal / Facebook Developer Blog:
Encrypting Facebook UIDs  —  Over the past few days, we have been investigating a technical solution to the issue of sharing Facebook User IDs (UIDs).  While initial press reports greatly exaggerated the implications of sharing a UID, we take this issue seriously.
James Kelly / The Official Google Blog:
Bringing ultra high-speed broadband to Stanford homes  —  Earlier this year we announced our plans to build and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of American communities.  Since then, a team of Google engineers has been hard at work experimenting with new fiber optic technologies.
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 …
Winamp Blog:
Winamp for Android: Now in Beta  —  Winamp for AndroidTM is now in Beta!  —  Winamp, the Ultimate Media Player, is now available in beta on AndroidTM (Android 2.1 OS and above).  It offers a complete media management solution by seamlessly syncing with the Winamp desktop library.
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.
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and MediaMemo
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AT&T third quarter on target: 5.2 million iPhone activations
Ross Anderson / Light Blue Touchpaper:
Resumption of the crypto wars?  —  The Telegraph and Guardian reported yesterday that the government plans to install deep packet inspection kit at ISPs, a move considered and then apparently rejected by the previous government (our Database State report last year found their Interception …
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Tom Whitehead / Telegraph:
Every email and website to be stored
Discussion: Guardian, V3.co.uk and CrunchGear
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
New MacBook Air Doesn't Ship with Adobe Flash  —  Engadget revealed today that Apple's new MacBook Air doesn't ship with Adobe's Flash plug-in. … It seems Apple is continuing to distance itself from Adobe's Flash plug-in.  The omission appears to be no accident with Engadget Editor Joshua …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
MacBook Air (11.6-inch) first hands-on! (update: video!)
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
New MacBook Airs: Faster, Lighter, Instant On, 30 Day Standby Power
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 …
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.
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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
With Google Deal Under Investigation, ITA's OnTheFly For Android Takes Flight
Discussion: Business Wire and Tnooz
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Books and Video Win on the iPad, and Users Are Buying
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Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, AMD
Discussion: Fudzilla
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom Hires Superstar Lawyer to Handle YouTube Appeal
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Fast Company's “Influence Project” - So Lame, Fast Company Ignored Its Own Results
Discussion: Fast Company, FM Blog and TechCrunch
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Christopher Steiner / Forbes:
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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
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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
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