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1:00 AM ET, October 27, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
The PlayStation Phone  —  It's hard to believe that what we're looking at is real — but we assure you, the picture above is in fact the PlayStation Phone you've long been waiting for.  As we reported back in August, the device you see is headed into the market soon, likely boasting Android 3.0 …
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
Discussion: Shiny Objects
James McQuivey / paidContent:
What The Nook Color 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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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
MacBook Air review (late 2010)  —  The MacBook Air has never exactly been a simple product to review.  Since the laptop's launch back in the heady days of 2008, we've always considered it a niche, high-end product and much less a mainstream system.  Originally, the wafer-thin …
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: Macworld, Shiny Objects and Cult of Mac
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
New Benchmarks Show 13-Inch MacBook Air Rivaling Its MacBook Pro Counterpart
Discussion: Electronista
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Apple delays white iPhone until next spring  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Tuesday that it would delay release of its eagerly anticipated white iPhone again, this time until next spring.  The latest version of the popular handset, the iPhone 4, was released in June, but the white model …
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.
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Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Spotify says no acquisition talks with Apple
Discussion: MacStories
BBC:
Yahoo mail gets first major revamp in five years  —  Yahoo wants to catch up rivals such as Microsoft and Google  —  Yahoo Mail is getting its biggest redesign since 2005 to make it a message hub for its 279 million users.  —  At the centre of the revamp is a plan to make the communications system …
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Kakul Srivastava / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! Gets Even ‘Beta’ with New Email Experience
Discussion: PC Magazine and Yahoo! Search Blog
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Outlook 2011 uses Webkit to render HTML  —  A little tidbit from the Microsoft gathering this evening.  While demonstrating Outlook for Mac and the HTML rendering engine, Microsoft employees revealed that instead of using the Word HTML rendering that previous versions of Mac Office used …
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Microsoft:
Mac Meets PC With New Office Release
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here's the Public Google Doc With All Of MySpace's Traffic Analytics  —  MySpace is mere hours away from their big redesign push (our early review is here).  If you've got nothing to do until midnight California time, spend it perusing this document.  It is, according to an anonymous source …
Kevin Krause / phandroid:
Nexus Two Launching Alongside Gingerbread in Time for the Holidays?  —  An interesting report has surfaced from London-based business paper City A.M. that claims the followup to the Nexus One — what very well could be dubbed the Nexus Two — will be released through an exclusive deal …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Android Phone Fans
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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+ …
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day Blog:
Firefox zero-day under attack at Nobel Prize site  —  Malicious hackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in Mozilla's Firefox browser to launch drive-by download attacks against visitors the Nobel Prize website.  —  According to researchers at Norman ASA, Firefox users who surfed …
Philip Constantinou / Evernote Blogcast:
Evernote 4 for Windows is here!  —  Evernote for Windows is our most popular version, used by hundreds of thousands of people everyday.  Today, we're excited to announce a major evolution in our Windows client: Evernote 4.  Here's why we think this is the best version of Evernote yet.
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Debuts Chinese Online Store, Chinese Language App Store  —  Apple today announced that it has launched a Chinese version of its online store, bringing direct sales of Apple's full product lineup, as well as a broad array of third-party accessories, to the site.
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.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Creepiest TV Moments of Google's CEO  —  Eric Schmidt is a thoughtful speaker with impeccable educational credentials.  But the Google CEO's been a creepy, arrogant-sounding disaster in the press lately, especially on television.  Today he issued a retraction.  Here are the lowlights of how this came about.
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Square Competitor VeriFone Strikes Key Deal With PayPal
Discussion: Business Wire and The Social
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The MySpace Redesign Is Almost Here—Some Details
Andrea Shalal-Esa / Reuters:
U.S. Army sees video to troop cell phones in 2 years
Discussion: SlashGear and Electronista
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Digg: We Were Not Gaming Our Own Algorithm, Just Testing It
 Earlier Items: 
Craig Bennett / TheUnlockr:
Walgreens Is Selling Android Tablets for $99.99
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Hits 300 Employees As The Search For A New Office Continues
Discussion: Download Squad and VentureBeat
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile to debut tethering plan on November 3rd, $14.99