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Will the 'real' Windows 7 testers please stand up?

Will the 'real' Windows 7 testers please stand up? Mary Jo Foley: With Windows 7 almost done, Microsoft officials have been thanking the millions who downloaded test builds and provided feedback. But the company isn?t thanking publicly an inner circle of about 40 hand-picked testers. Was the testing experience any different for these Test Pilots?

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Apple beats for Q3; Jobs "thrilled" over iPhone sales

Apple beats for Q3; Jobs Sam Diaz: Apple once again beat Wall Street's estimates, selling 5.2 million iPhones during the third quarter and 2.6 million Macs, both increases from a year ago.

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Silicon Valley's recession rebound: Optimism or Arrogance? Sam Diaz: The latest unemployment figures are in for Silicon Valley, and it doesn't look good: 11.8 percent, among the highest in the Bay Area. Still, the doom-and-gloom is not filling the air. There's a hint of optimism in the air, the feeling that good things are in the future and that these tough times won't last forever.

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