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5:20 PM ET, January 15, 2008

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
MacBook Air doesn't have a user-replaceable battery  —  We sort of understood it with iPods, and we grudgingly accepted it with the iPhone, but the MacBook Air has a sealed, non-user-replaceable battery, and that means we're suddenly a lot less in love.  We're digging for details …
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple MacBook Air Looks Absolutely Amazing  —  It's real.  The fabled MacBook Air actually exists.  It's ultra-thin, can have normal hard drive or a solid state one and, except for a couple ports, it's all about wireless connectivity.  It's an stunning .16 inches thick at the bottom and .76 inches on the top.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
MacBook Air Hands-on  —  Here's our take on the MacBook Air.  It's super light, super fragile, and super small.  If you just tap the screen lightly, the whole thing closes because it's so light.  The keyboard looks a little weird because it's black on the aluminum, but the keyboard feels great.
Discussion: Crave, Engadget, Gadget Lab and Ode to Apple
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
The MacBook Air  —  Apple just announced the .16-inch thin MacBook Air — a laptop so thin it fits in a manila envelope.  The new machine features a full-size keyboard and LED-backlit 13.3-inch display with built-in iSight, and the new larger trackpad supports multi-touch gestures.
Discussion: Salon, Gizmodo, Electronista and jkOnTheRun
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sizing it up: MacBook Air vs. the rest
Discussion: Furrier.org
Arn / MacRumors:
First Look at the MacBook Air
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from Macworld 2008: Steve Jobs keynote  —  Thanks for joining us for our live Macworld 2008 keynote coverage!  We're in, so click on, all our real-time updates are posted just after the break.  —  Note: this time we're updating from bottom to top, with the latest updates below.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Steve Jobs Keynote Live From Macworld  —  Below is the transcript, in reverse chronological order, from the Steve Jobs keynote at the Macworld Expo.  Thanks for tuning in!  —  10:44am: Newman stopped talking, Steve thanked everyone for coming, lots of applause, its over.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Twitter Fails Macworld Keynote Test
Discussion: Valleywag and broadstuff
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
AAPL: Blogging Jobs; 5M Leopard Units; Wireless Backup; 4M iPhones …
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
Apple Premieres iTunes Movie Rentals With All Major Film Studios  —  New Apple TV Software Lets You Rent Movies Directly from Your Widescreen TV  —  Apple® today announced iTunes® Movie Rentals featuring movies from all the major movie studios including 20th Century Fox …
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Michael Gartenberg / JupiterResearch:
iTunes Does Movie Rentals & Apple TV Update - First Take
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Macworld.Ars: iTunes HD movies only for rent on Apple TV
Discussion: Gizmodo
Josh Pigford / The Apple Blog:
AppleTV - Take 2  —  Today Apple released it's second version of it's AppleTV product.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Hey, Steve — you broke the Internet  —  Thanks for all the great toys, Uncle Steve, but did you have to go and break the Internet?  I and about 7,000 other people were all signed up to get Twitter updates from MacRumors, but I never saw a single one — and in fact the entire Twitter.com network …
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Steve Jobs Speaks.  Twitter Goes Down.  —  Most eyes in the tech world are currently on the Steve Jobs keynote at Macworld (detailed live updates here for you Apple fans).  For those of us not in attendance, Twitter was presumed to be a good outlet to find out what's going on and discuss each twist and turn with our community.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Furrier.org
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Steve Jobs Proves the Interweb Can't Beat TV ... Yet  —  Live media events are great, when they work.  But watching live services like Twitter collapse around the Steve Jobs keynote this morning provides more great examples (if needed) why the Interweb isn't yet TV.
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Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Macworld.ars: iPod touch users to pay $20 for iPhone applications
Discussion: Mickeleh's Take
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
Apple Announces Major Software Upgrade for iPod touch
Discussion: Macsimum News and TechSpot News
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple adds five apps to the iPod touch — for a price
Discussion: Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Samwer Brothers Invest In Facebook  —  Serial German entrepreneurs Alexander, Marc and Oliver Samwer have invested in Facebook, we've heard from a very reliable source - presumably as part of Facebook's recent $15 billion valuation round with Microsoft.  We are still trying to nail down the size of the investment.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
VMware Acquires Thinstall to Take Virtualization to the Desktop  —  Unless you're an information technology manager or a Wall Street banker still drooling over VWware's $32 billion market cap, virtualization is not sexy.  But it soon might be, with VMware's agreement to buy desktop virtualization startup Thinstall.
Discussion: VentureBeat and eWeek
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Victoria Shannon / International Herald Tribune:
Amazon.com is challenging French competition law  —  PARIS: The online retailer Amazon.com said Monday that it would pay €1,000 a day in fines, rather than comply with a court ruling upholding French limits on price discounts for books.  —  The company decided to pay …
Patrik / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
First Rogue Cleaning Tool for Mac  —  We've just found the first Mac rogue application and it's called MacSweeper.  —  It claims to clean your Mac from compromising files and it will always find something to fix/clean but the only way to do so is to buy the program.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Apple Announces Time Capsule Server for Wireless Time Machine Backup  —  At Macworld 2008, Apple just announced Time Capsule, a full Airport Extreme base station with 802.11n wireless and four ethernet ports, plus server grade hard drives to back up all of the Leopard Macs in the house.
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Moxi maker cuts staff by half, loses CEO  —  If you were eagerly anticipating Digeo's Moxi Multi-Room HD digital media recorder, don't hold your breath.  —  The Kirkland, Wash.-based company revealed significant changes Tuesday, including the cancellation of two previously announced product lines …
 
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