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6:25 PM ET, October 26, 2010

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James Galbraith / Macworld:
Lab report: MacBook Air benchmark results  —  There's a lot to like in Apple's latest version of the MacBook Air, such as the smaller size, longer battery life and faster flash storage.  Still, I was disappointed that the new MacBook Air uses the aging Core 2 Duo processor.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Goodbye, MacBook Pro.  The New MacBook Air Is That Good.  —  Last Wednesday, I got my hands on one of the new MacBook Airs.  I haven't touched my MacBook Pro since.  It's six months old.  RIP.  —  I know that sounds outrageous.  Or like hyperbole.  But it's not.
Discussion: Cult of Mac and displayblog
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
New Benchmarks Show 13-Inch MacBook Air Rivaling Its MacBook Pro Counterpart
Discussion: Electronista and Primate Labs Blog
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Air's Spot in the Lineup
Discussion: Gadgetell
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Nook Color: Barnes & Noble's Full-Color Tablet With Apps, Mags and Books for $250  —  Barnes & Noble's touchscreen Nook Color—a reading-centric, 7-inch Android tablet with full color books, magazines, newspapers and apps is well, surprisingly good.  It might be the best Android tablet yet, even.
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Barnes & Noble:
NOOKcolor: The Ultimate Reading Experience  —  NOOKcolor, built on Android, is a full-color touch device dedicated to reading that opens up a whole new world of digital reading materials.  NOOKcolor provides access to the largest ebookstore with an unprecedented selection of over two million digital titles …
Discussion: The Next Web
James McQuivey / paidContent:
What The NOOKcolor Means For Amazon, Sony
Discussion: Engadget, Mashable! and Technologizer
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Nice Knowing You, Nook
Discussion: SlashGear and Android Community
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Spotify Almost Sold To Google For $1 Billion, Plus New Apple Rumors  —  “Apple, Inc. (AAPL) in negotiations to acquire Spotify,” read the tip that came in yesterday via email from an anonymous source.  Most tips are just outright false, but we dug into this one a little bit.
Andrew Silverman / Google Public Policy Blog:
Giving users the best answer, and competing fair and square in travel search  —  Since we announced our plans to acquire ITA Software in July, we've spent a lot of time talking with players in the online travel industry — airlines, travel agents, and search sites — about our plans …
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Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Travel Sites Ally to Block Google Deal  —  WASHINGTON—Several popular online travel companies are joining forces to oppose Google Inc.'s proposed $700 million purchase of ITA Software Inc., the leading provider of flight data, saying the deal would give it too much sway over the travel sector.
Microsoft:
Mac Meets PC With New Office Release  —  Microsoft launches Office 2011 for Mac today, bringing Mac users the latest versions of the company's productivity software.  The release is the latest effort from the Office for Mac team, which has been delivering Microsoft software to the Mac for 13 years.
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile to debut tethering plan on November 3rd, $14.99  —  Listen up T-Mobile tetherers, we've just been sent in some intel that indicates America's fourth largest carrier will begin to offer/charge for tethering on November 3rd.  The Tethering and Wi-Fi Sharing Add-On …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
LimeWire Gives Up the Ghost, Shuts Down P2P Filesharing Client  —  Last spring, music filesharing service LimeWire suffered a crushing blow in federal court.  This is the net result: The company is shutting down its core software - though it insists it's not doing that exactly.
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
White iPhone 4 shows up in Apple's ‘Store’ app, reserve yours now  —  Last night, Apple released an update to their Apple Store iPhone app.  While there wasn't anything new in the way of features, it did contain something notable... the ability to reserve a white iPhone 4.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal Unveils Micropayments For Digital Goods, Facebook Signs Up  —  At the company's annual developer conference today, PayPal debuted its much awaited micropayments product.  According to a release issued by the company, the new product is an “in-context, frictionless payment solution …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg: We Were Not Gaming Our Own Algorithm, Just Testing It  —  Yesterday, Digg power user LtGenPanda spotted some rather odd activity on the struggling social bookmarking site.  While looking into how the new Digg algorithm changed the makeup of the site's front page, he noticed that sites …
Discussion: Digg Blog
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Eli Hodapp / Touch Arcade:
‘iDOS’ - A Full Featured Universal DOS Emulator That Somehow Got Approved [UPDATE: Windows Installed on iPad; Pulled but Available on Cydia]  —  Ever since Apple eased up their App Store approval guidelines, all kinds of crazy things have been getting released like the fabled GV Mobile+ …
Rob Crossley / Develop:
Steve Jobs ‘raged at Microsoft’ over game studio sale  —  Apple boss made angry Ballmer call when Xbox bought Mac experts and Halo creators Bungie  —  Steve Jobs' capacity to accurately detect the blockbuster potential of consumer goods may go beyond the realm of MP3 players and smartphones and right into video games.
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Zynga Value Surpasses Electronic Arts'  —  Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) — Zynga Game Network Inc.'s estimated worth surpassed Electronic Arts Inc.'s stock-market value, a sign of the ascendance of social-networking entertainment at the expense of traditional video games.
Josh Lowensohn / Crave: The gadget blog:
Vimeo gets ‘couch mode’ for Google TV, HTPCs  —  Vimeo's “couch mode” has been designed so Google TV and home theater PC users can watch Vimeo's video content from across the room.  —  Watching Web videos on your couch is nothing new, but with Google TV's rollout now in full swing …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Amazon wins fight to keep customer records private  —  In a victory for the free speech and privacy rights of Amazon.com customers, a federal judge ruled today that the company would not have to turn over detailed records on nearly 50 million purchases to North Carolina tax collectors.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Launches Brand New iPad Shopping App Called Windowshop  —  Amazon has just released a new free iPad app, called Amazon Windowshop that the company says is a complete “rewrite” of Amazon.com specifically for the iPad.  Optimized for touch screen tablets, Amazon Windowshop makes it easy …
Craig Bennett / TheUnlockr:
Walgreens Is Selling Android Tablets for $99.99  —  Walgreens, the pharmacy, is now selling the Android Maylong 7-inch M-150 WiFi Middie Tablet.  The Tablet has Android's 1.6 OS and is selling for $100.  Some of the features that this tablet will include are:  — Android 1.6  — Cpu ARM9(VM8505+)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Want A Free Google TV?  Become A Developer; Google Is Giving Away 10,000  —  Google TV is now out there in the wild.  There's no indication of how it's selling just yet, but my hunch is that like early Android, it may be some time before sales really take off.
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Attention WalMart and BestBuy Shoppers - Facebook Credits on aisle 5  —  It's been about nine months since Facebook rolled out its virtual currency, Facebook Credits.  —  Now the Internet social networking giant will make its Credits widely available in the physical world …
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple Stores to use new Concierge app for customer check-ins [u]
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Tech World Welcomes Digg Refugees With Open Arms
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Android Market hits 100,000 app milestone