After unceremoniously bowing out of the cellphone game last spring with the discontinuation of its KIN phone, Microsoft this morning officially announced its latest mobile phone foray: Windows Phone 7. The next-gen operating system will go head-to-head with Apple's iOS, Google's Android, and the BlackBerry OS. To kick it off, Microsoft announced over five new handsets set to go on sale next month. We'll bring you our own hands-on reviews of these phones as soon as we, well, get them in our hands. [NY Times]

Virgin's space travel program gets closer to reality. [DVICE]

If you're amped about the iPhone 4 possibly heading to Verizon (like we are), you may want to read this. [WSJ]

The world's largest hybrid yacht hits the water. [GizMag]

Heads up: Don't connect to the "Free Public WiFi" networks at airports. [Switched]

If you see a car on the highway driving with no one behind the wheel, don't worry, it's just Google. [NY Times]

Our favorite Linux distribution, Ubuntu, releases its newest version: Maverick Meercat. [Life Hacker]