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Week in review: Motorola, Verizon ready the Droid

The new Google Android smartphone gets prepped to arrive next month, while Windows users settle in with Windows 7. Also: The latest on Facebook privacy.

Verizon Wireless customers will soon be able to get their hands on the much-anticipated Google Android phone called the Droid.

Verizon and Motorola officially unveiled the device, which, like most smartphones of its class, will cost $199 with a two-year contract. And it will be available to consumers starting November 6.

The device offers voice-activated search that allows users to speak a query, and the Google-powered search engine delivers Web results or device-native results such as stored contacts, music, and photos. The voice search also works with the new turn-by-turn directions for Google Maps. It allows users to view geographic information, such as My Maps, Wikipedia entries, and transit lines on the map.

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Yahoo, Microsoft need more time to ink pact

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Former AMD chief linked to Galleon case

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Cisco to buy cloud security firm for $183 million

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Facebook spells out updated privacy policy

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Twitter investor: 'We didn't need the money'

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Google Voice now (kinda) works with your number

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White House Web site makes open-source move

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Bill Gates casts self as 'impatient optimist'

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