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3:55 PM ET, January 15, 2008

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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.
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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.
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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.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
MacBook Air Hands-on
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Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:   Apple flies in the MacBook Air
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
MacBook Air doesn't have a user-replaceable battery
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Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Apple introduces MacBook Air
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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  —  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.
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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Apple Enhances Revolutionary iPhone with Software Update  —  Apple® today announced a free software update for its revolutionary iPhone™ that allows users to automatically find their location using the redesigned Maps application*; text message multiple people in one message …
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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Michael Gartenberg / JupiterResearch:
iTunes Does Movie Rentals & Apple TV Update - First Take
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Tom Neumayr / Apple:
Apple Announces Major Software Upgrade for iPod touch
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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 …
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and Mashable!
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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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Why Amazon.com Should Lose in France
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
 
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Electronic Arts will bring ‘Spore’ to the Mac this year
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Apple adds five apps to the iPod touch — for a price
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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