Today in Tech: News around the Web

October 21, 2010, 12:10 PM UTC

Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We’ve assembled the day’s most newsworthy bits below.

“Change just happens with new management and it’s actually refreshing for all of us.  So 15,000 employees, three people left?  That’s OK.”
— Yahoo’s Carol Bartz on Fox Business News (Media Channel)

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    At its “Back to Mac” event, Apple unveiled two lighter, thinner MacBook Air models with flash memory replacing standard hard drives and OSX Lion, which includes interface tweaks borrowed from iOS. (Fortune Tech)

  • Windows Phone 7 devices have arrived. The consensus? Pretty innovative interface, but lacking in key features like copy-paste, third-party app multitasking, and general app selection.
  • Ebay’s income rose 23% to $431.9 million compared with the same time last year due in no small part to its growing PayPal business; revenue stayed flat at $2.2 billion. (Canadian Business)
  • While there currently isn’t a psychiatric diagnosis for smartphone addiction, trust us, it exists. (Fortune Tech)
  • Though Netflix’s third quarter earnings missed analyst estimates by a penny, its shares surged by more than 9% based on the announcement that the company added 1.9 million new subscribers. (Investor’s Business Daily)
  • Toyota is recalling 1.53 million cars worldwide to correct brake fluid and fuel pump problems. (First Post)
  • Electronic Arts bought Angry Birds-maker Chillingo for $20 million. The popular mobile game has been downloaded more than 20 million times. (telecoms)
  • Start saving! Verizon’s 7-inch Android-powered Galaxy tablet arrives in Verizon stores November 11, priced at $599. (Fortune Tech)