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7:30 PM ET, October 26, 2010

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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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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Nice Knowing You, Nook  —  The new Nook Color has been revealed, and it's a 7″ Android tablet with a color LCD touchscreen.  Talk about bringing a knife to a knife fight when someone else already brought a gun.  —  It was the wrong move for Barnes & Noble to change horses mid-race.
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 …
James McQuivey / paidContent:
What The NOOKcolor Means For Amazon, Sony
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
New Benchmarks Show 13-Inch MacBook Air Rivaling Its MacBook Pro Counterpart
Discussion: Macworld and Electronista
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.
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 …
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PayPal Teams up with Appcelerator on Mobile Payments
Discussion: Bloomberg
Reuters:
Apple delays white iPhone until next spring  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Tuesday that it would delay release of the white iPhone yet again, this time until next spring.  —  The company has had a difficult time making the white model of the iPhone 4.  It released the black version of the smartphone in June.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Boy Genius Report
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Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
White iPhone 4 shows up in Apple's ‘Store’ app, reserve yours now
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
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 …
Steve Dinneen / City A.M.:
Google and Carphone in mobile deal  —  THE SECOND Google-branded mobile phone will hit the UK in time for Christmas through an exclusive deal with Carphone Warehouse, City A.M. has learned.  —  Its predecessor, the Nexus One, is the flagship device for the search giant …
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Kevin Krause / phandroid:
Nexus Two Launching Alongside Gingerbread in Time for the Holidays?
Discussion: IntoMobile and Android Phone Fans
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.
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+ …
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: TechCrunch and Digg Blog
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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.
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.
Richard Huff / NY Daily News:
Taped call by Fox employee to Cablevision nets suggestions for Fox viewing on illegal websites  —  A Cablevision representative told a customer complaining about missing Fox to catch his favorite games on websites - even though the broadcasts are illegal, the Daily News has learned.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Class Action Suit Targets Google, Seeks Elmination Of Search “Referrer” Leakage  —  On the heels of a formal privacy complaint by former FTC employee Chris Soghoian targeting Google's embedding of search queries in page URLs, a new class action lawsuit takes aim at the same thing.
 
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Jeffrey R. Young / Chronicle of Higher Education:
To Save Students Money, Colleges May Force a Switch to E-Textbooks
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