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2:20 PM ET, January 15, 2008

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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  —  This post is being updated live, in reverse chronological order, from the Steve Jobs keynote at the Macworld Expo!  —  9:48am: One button interface for iTunes rentals on Apple TV.  Remarkably simple to use, at least in the demo
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
The Macworld 2008 Keynote Liveblog  —  8:54 PT We're inside.  Media scrum heading for seats.  Coldplay on the PA, crowd shots on the monitors.  Here with Scott McNulty, John Gruber, John Moltz and a whole lot of press.  —  The action starts here shortly before 9 am PT on Tuesday (12 noon ET) — don't miss it!
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
AAPL: Blogging Jobs; 5M Leopard Units; Wireless Backup; 4M iPhones; Movie Rentals; Apple TV; Macbook Air  —  I'll be live-blogging the keynote by Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs at Macworld right here.  Refresh often.  The event was supposed to start at 9, and is now a few minutes late.  Stand by...
Macworld:
Macworld Expo Keynote Coverage  —  Steve Jobs will be delivering the keynote address for Macworld Expo beginning at 9 a.m. PST on Tuesday.  Once the event is under way, Macworld's team of editors will begin live blogging from the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
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.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sizing it up: MacBook Air vs. the rest  —  So just how thin and lightweight is the new 13.3-inch MacBook Air.  We've pitted it against the 13.3-inch Dell XPS M1330, 13.3-inch Sony VAIO SZ, and Apple's own MacBook to see how it stacks up, literally.  Not bad Stevie, not bad.
Danny Dumas / Gadget Lab:
Breaking: Apple Insider Leaks Ultra-Portable Details
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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple unveils the Apple TV, take 2  —  Apple just admitted that the first Apple TV didn't quite work out — so it's back with a new model that can access iTunes directly, and streams movies from the new rental store in both DVD quality and HD with 5.1 surround.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:   Apple TV Take 2: $229, No Computer Required, Direct Rentals (Netflix Screwed)
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.
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 …
Emma Hall / AdAge:
Wanna Be a Popular Social Networker?  Prepare to Pony Up  —  U.K.'s Badoo Bans Advertising and Gives Users Who Fork Over the Option to ‘Rise Up’ to Reach Mass Audience  —  LONDON (AdAge.com) — There's a new way to win popularity on a social network: Pay for it.
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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Fabrik acquires G-Technology to enhance Mac storage products  —  Call it a Big Mac Attack.  Fabrik is barging into the Apple Macintosh market with its acquisition today of G-Technology.  G-Technology makes storage products for the Mac market, while Fabrik is big in the PC storage space.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
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Discussion: Engadget
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
New Gmail for the iPhone