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Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 7; Angry Birds controversy; no 3D for the next "Harry Potter"; and Facebook founders donate to pro-pot campaign.
-It's Monday, October 11, 2010. I'm Jeff Bakalar, and it's time to get loaded. After 3 years in the making, Microsoft is finally unveiling Windows Phone 7 today. While it won't be immediately available in the U.S., the mobile operating system will begin to start showing on phones in Europe later this month. For those in the U.S. anxiously awaiting their chance to own a Windows Phone 7 device, they're gonna have to wait 'til early November, while Sprint and Verizon customers won't even see the software until 2011. For the latest on Windows Phone 7, keep it here at CNET.com all day long. While Window Phone 7 boasts plenty of features and games, one game the mobile OS won't have out of the gate is Angry Birds. In fact, Microsoft was caught using the Angry Bird's icon on a product page, to which developer Rovio Mobile replied, "We have not committed to doing a Windows Phone 7 version. Microsoft put the Angry Bird's icon on their site without our permission." In more entertainment news, Warner Brothers has announced that the next Harry Potter film will not have a 3D release. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was in the process of being converted into 3D when the studio, all of a sudden, canceled it. A statement from Warner explains that, "Despite everyone's best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality." Is this the beginning of the end for 3D in Hollywood? Hopefully! And finally, 2 of Facebook's founders have donated a combined $170,000 towards California's Proposition 19 campaign, which is the initiative to legalize marijuana in the state. Call it what you will, but the pair is hoping that their progressive act of good faith will lead to increased tax revenue that California so desperately needs. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Jeff Bakalar for CNET.com, and you've just been loaded.