Today: Home from Vegas, Apple earnings, Microsoft’s Novell patent purchase somewhat detuned, Google Toolbar 7 for IE, Amazon announces Kindle library lending, and Portal 2 ships….

Back home after a red-eye flight last night. Today is basically a lost day. (A couple of Vegas shots at the bottom of the post….)

Apple reported some stellar earnings but iPad (and, less surprising, iPod) sales fell short by a wide margin. I’ll have a news write-up in the morning after I have a chance to go over the post-earnings conference call.

Microsoft has agreed to some DOJ changes in its deal to purchase Novell patents.

Google today released Google Toolbar 7 for Internet Explorer. It appears to be cleaner by default (i.e. les tools loaded) and you can enable Google Instant for searches. Oh, and it does have a spell checker too. Download it now.

Amazon announced plans to bring Kindle lending from libraries, which should cut off one of the Nook’s few current advantages.

Portal 2 shipped this week. I’ve played through the first two parts so far. Awesome.

Some pictures from Vegas…

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View from my hotel room, Bellagio

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Spa tower, Bellagio

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View from the 33rd floor of the Spa tower.