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8:20 PM ET, October 28, 2010

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Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
PDC: Why Steve Jobs' Pixar uses Microsoft Windows Azure  —  Everyone knows Pixar, the studio that makes fantastic computer-graphics movies.  Most people probably realize they couldn't just make one of those films with their desktop PC.  But few people may know that's not necessarily …
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Michael J. Miller / Forward Thinking:
Ballmer pushes HTML 5 and Windows Phone at PDC  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and others this morning pushed Windows Azure, HTML 5, and Windows Phone 7 as developer platform at the company's Professional Developers Conference.  I expected Microsoft to push Windows Phone and Azure very hard …
Business Wire:
Amazon to Launch Kindle App for Windows Phone 7
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
IE9 Developer Preview 6 launched, and new Test Drive site now live
Nick Eaton / Seattle Blogs:
Microsoft profit jumps 51 percent with record Q1 revenue  —  Microsoft profit jumped 51 percent year over year and recorded record first-quarter revenue during Q1 of its fiscal year 2011, the company said today, killing Wall Street estimates as skepticism surrounded Microsoft's cash cows.
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Microsoft Corporation:
Earnings Release FY11 Q1  —  Microsoft Reports Record First-Quarter Results  —  Growth across all business segments drives record first-quarter revenue and earnings per share.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced record first-quarter revenue of $16.20 billion for the quarter ended Sept. 30 …
Wayne Kao / Facebook Blog:
Telling the Story of Friendships  —  One of my favorite Facebook moments is browsing photos from friends in the News Feed after they've begun a new relationship, gotten engaged or gotten married.  It gives me a fun and meaningful glimpse of the friendship between two people I know.
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Announces Friendship Pages That Show Friends' Mutual Content
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Leland / Twitter Blog:
Twitter for Windows Phone: Pivot Power  —  There is a new addition to our mobile family: Twitter for Windows Phone.  This Twitter client is available now for all Windows Phone 7 devices.  We want you to be able to get Tweets quickly and easily, no matter what device you're using …
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Rumor: Samsung will announce the Nexus Two on November 8th  —  If you were thinking about buying an Android phone in the next two weeks, please stop what you are doing and read this post.  Something big is coming and I think you will want to know the full details before you get tied up in another 2-year contract with your carrier.
Jackie Bavaro / The Official Google Blog:
Place Search: a faster, easier way to find local information  —  I love to discover new places, from sandwich shops in my neighborhood to great museums around the globe.  When I start looking for something in a new area, like a barbecue restaurant in Austin, I usually do quite a few searches.
Anant Narayanan / Mozilla Labs:
Cloud, meet Rainbow  —  Enabling video & audio recording in the browser.  —  Introduction  —  At Mozilla Labs, we're constantly trying to push the boundaries with respect to what the browser can do.  We've experimented with audio recording in the browser as part of the Jetpack prototype earlier, and want to revisit the idea.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Apple ‘Clarifies’ Device-To-Device iTunes Rental Limits: Don't Do It  —  The newest version of the iTunes Store Terms and Conditions from Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) carries this warning: “We have clarified that content rented on certain devices may not be moved to other devices.”  Why?
James Galbraith / Macworld:
2010 MacBook Air: ultimate-edition lab tests  —  We test the top-end 1.6GHz 11-inch Air and 2.13GHz 13-inch Air  —  The 2010 MacBook Air models offer impressive improvements in both design and in performance when compared to previous MacBook Airs.  But with just 2GB of RAM …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
YouTube CEO Chad Hurley Leaving Position To Take Advisory Role  —  I'm currently in Dublin, Ireland, for a (most excellent) event dubbed Founders, where I was invited to handle a fireside chat / interview with YouTube cofounder and CEO Chad Hurley earlier tonight.
Discussion: paidContent and Tech Europe
Financial Times:
Apple faces legal action over iPad name  —  By Kathrin Hille in Beijing and Joseph Menn in San Francisco  —  Proview, a struggling Taiwanese-owned company, has threatened to sue Apple for alleged trademark infringement, in a lingering dispute that illustrates the complexity of branding in far-flung markets.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Boxee Offers HD Streaming Movies with VUDU  —  When it comes to streaming media, it looks like Boxee has the best of both worlds.  That is, its hardware solution - the Boxee Box - makes it easy to bring streams like YouTube, Netflix or Pandora to your disconnected television.
John Nack / John Nack on Adobe:
Adobe demos Flash-to-HTML5 conversion tool  —  Where there's pain, there's opportunity.  —  Pre-Adobe, I made my living building rich, Flash-intensive sites for Gucci, Coca-Cola, Nike, and other big brands.  Doing that job today, I'd be in a jam: How could I create rich experiences that run on desktops …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, SlashGear and Webmonkey
Denise Leung / Flickr Blog:
Sign up for Flickr with your Google Account!  —  With dozens of different login usernames and passwords out there on the Interwebs, who needs to add yet another one to the list?  To help solve this, Flickr is rolling out a new feature to make it easier than ever for new users to join our community.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Box.net bumps free, paid storage capacities  —  Following Moore's Law, data storage continues to get speed and capacity boosts at quite a clip—all the while coming down in cost and physical size.  One business benefiting from that trend is Web storage and collaboration service Box.net.
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Supercomputer Likely to Prompt Unease in U.S.  —  A newly built supercomputer in China appears poised to take the world performance lead, another sign of the country's growing technological prowess that is likely to set off alarms about U.S. competitiveness and national security.
James Niccolai / Computerworld:
Oracle: Google ‘directly copied’ our Java code  —  IDG News Service - Oracle has updated its lawsuit against Google to allege that parts of its Android mobile phone software “directly copied” Oracle's Java code.  —  Oracle filed a surprise lawsuit against Google in August …
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
When Are Facebook Users Most Active?  [STUDY]  —  We know that users are spending increasing amounts of time online on social networks like Facebook, but when exactly are users the most active?  Social media management company Vitrue just released a study that identifies the days and hours users …
Discussion: WebProNews and The Huffington Post
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring nitride coatings for scratch-proof devices  —  Apple has shown interest in creating stainless steel electronic devices that are more durable and scratch resistant, thanks to a thin external coating of nitride.  —  This week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published …
Discussion: Gizmodo, TUAW and TiPb
 
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Jim Moran / Yipit Blog:
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
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