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12:40 AM ET, February 27, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Gets More Orderly: Multi-Tab For Profiles  —  Facebook has always had much cleaner, less chaotic profile pages than “anything goes” competitor MySpace (MySpace continues to experiment with less chaotic default themes).  Facebook just seems to like things to stay orderly and structured on their site.
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:   Will Facebook Profile Tabs Lead to Better Apps?
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Facebook's getting a face-lift soon
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Portfolio.com:
Comcast Astroturfs the Old-Fashioned Way  —  How big are the stakes in the so-called network neutrality debate now raging before Congress and federal regulators?  —  Consider this: One side in the debate actually went to the trouble of hiring people off the street to pack …
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Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Comcast hits the snooze button
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Shares Slide On Weak Paid Click Data; Is The Crumbling Economy Dragging Down The Search Business?  —  Google (GOOG) shares are down sharply this morning after new data from comScore shows what appears to be a material weakening in the company's advertising business.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: More On New Macs, Higher Margins, Weak iPods and iPhones; Where Has Steve Jobs Been Flying?  —  The Street is feeling chatty today about Apple (AAPL) today, and there's lots to talk about.  The analysts are musing on the announcement today of a refresh of the MacBook and MacBook Pro line …
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Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Apple agonistes  —  Browsing the headlines on Yahoo Finance this morning was enough to make anyone briefly consider jumping out the window.  To wit:  —  • Job worries sink consumer confidence  —  • S&P: U.S. home prices down sharply  —  • U.S. home foreclosures soar in January
Apple:
Apple Introduces New MacBook and MacBook Pro Models  —  Multi-Touch Trackpad Comes to MacBook Pro  —  Apple® today updated its popular MacBook® and MacBook Pro notebook lines with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, larger hard drives and 2GB of memory standard in most models.
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Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
The new MacBook's battery life and power adapter (Updated)
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
iTunes Now Number Two Music Retailer in the US  —  iTunes Customers Top 50 Million  —  Apple® today announced that iTunes® (www.itunes.com) is now the number two music retailer in the US, behind only Wal-Mart, based on the latest data from the NPD Group*.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
When will iTunes replace Wal-Mart as No. 1 music retailer?
Discussion: iLounge and Crave
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Tracking Microsoft's Windows Live outage (Updated)  —  Readers have been e-mailing this morning about problems accessing Microsoft's Windows Live Hotmail and Messenger services.  Microsoft is acknowledging the problem, but as of late morning Pacific time, there doesn't appear to be a resolution.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Serious Drama, And Lots Of Stupidity, Behind Stage6 Shutdown  —  Yesterday San Diego based DivX announced the shutdown of popular video site Stage6, to the surprise and dismay of the site's 17.4 million happy monthly visitors (the post on the shutdown has over 5,000 comments).
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Lance Ulanoff's death spiral has begun  —  I hate to pick on someone — unless they deserve it, of course — but I'm willing to make an exception in Lance Ulanoff's case.  He's the PCMag editor whose piece on Facebook got picked up by Fox News, primarily (I'm assuming) because of the headline …
Discussion: Fox News and Favorite {fvrit} Blog
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Mike / CrunchNotes:   Nice Job, Mainstream Media
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPod/iPhone firmware update 1.1.4 released  —  Just connected my iPhone to iTunes.  More details as they come in.  —  1:30: I'm downloading the software now... To download directly, the direct links are iPhone and iPod.  (Do let me know if I messed either of those up.)
Constantinos Michael / Google LatLong:
Refine by user ratings and neighborhoods  —  Ever since I moved to the New York City Google office I've had an agenda: exploring the best the city has to offer like so many other New Yorkers do.  Sometimes this can be an overwhelming experience, since the city has more than 18,000 food vendors according to nycvisit.com!
ACU News:
ACU first university in nation to provide iPhone or iPod Touch to all incoming freshmen  —  An Apple iPhone or iPod Touch will become a central part of Abilene Christian University's innovative learning experience this fall when all freshmen are provided one of these converged media devices …
Royal Pingdom:
Social network downtime in 2008  —  This is a list of 14 of the largest social networks in the world, and how much downtime they have had so far in 2008. … As we mentioned in a recent report, Bebo's downtime has increased significantly lately and has had by far the most downtime …
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
Life after page views: Web analytics 2.0  —  Many agree that the page view is dead, but not about the next Web measurement metric  —  Computerworld) In a move that many said signaled the official death of the page view, Nielsen/NetRatings last July announced that it would no longer use page views …
Discussion: Web Strategy and GigaOM
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Democratic bill could force Apple, AT&T to unlock iPhone  —  When T-Mobile began selling Apple's iPhone in Germany last fall, a legal skirmish ensued, forcing the wireless carrier to sell it untethered to a contract—at $1,460, no less.  T-Mobile eventually persuaded a court that the two-year contract was legal.
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Peter Galli / eWeek:
Hyper-V Delay May Slow Windows Server 2008 Adoption
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Earthquake in UK? News Broken on Twitter
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Gotcha, CAPTCHA! Gmail bot detector system cracked
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Jimmy Shah / avertlabs.com:
Windows Mobile trojan sends unauthorized information and leaves device vulnerable
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