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3:00 PM ET, February 26, 2008

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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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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple MacBook, MacBook Pro get refreshed with faster CPUs, multi-touch  —  Aw snap.  It finally, really happened... kind of.  Apple has just dropped a nasty refresh on its MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, knocking the processor speeds up, and giving the Pros that tasty multi-touch the MacBook Air has been sporting.
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Apple updates MacBook, MacBook Pro lineups
Discussion: Gizmodo
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
The new MacBook's battery life and power adapter
Discussion: Computerworld
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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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Disaster: Comscore Reports Awful January*  —  Comscore reported shockingly bad US paid click performance for Google in January: flat growth year-over-year versus a 25% increase in Q4.  Even if Comscore is only half right, this is a disaster.  —  Flash note from analyst Bob Peck at Bear Stearns:
Discussion: WebProNews and Darren Herman
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google: Does Search Data Indicate a Recession?  —  The news is buzzing this morning, starting with a report from UBS that alleges that Google's paid clicks are down in January.  Analysts from a number of firms have been speculating that this may be a sign that a slowing economy is affecting search.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:   The Web Economy Rejoices: Google IS Overrated and Due For BIGGER Fall!
Yahoo! Search Blog:
An Open Approach to Search  —  If you didn't realize it, Yahoo! is embracing openness like never before:  — Hadoop Now at the Heart of Every Yahoo! Search  — Yahoo!'s Quest to Open Up  —  The open theme continues today as we are announcing that we are opening up Yahoo! Search itself.
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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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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Kids don't like CDs: iTunes Store now #2 music retailer  —  iTunes has officially eclipsed Best Buy in music sales and now comes in as the number two music retailer in the world.  That's not just digital music either—that's all music, including CD sales. iTunes now sits just behind Wal-Mart …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun completes MySQL purchase; Eyes more open source acquisitions  —  Sun said Tuesday that it has completed the purchase of MySQL for $1 billion and CEO Jonathan Schwartz indicated the company plans to keep shopping for open source acquisitions.  —  “Open source is really in the DNA of Sun …
Discussion: InfoWorld and Computerworld
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Sun closes MySQL deal, plans more open-source buys
Discussion: TechSpot News
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Blog:
MySQL is Officially a Part of Sun
Lance Ulanoff / Fox News:
Facebook's Death Spiral Has Begun  —  Facebook's long, slow, and, for some, sad decline into oblivion has begun.  —  A recent report from The New York Times stated that the company is going to try to make it easier for members to get off the service.  This is a clear indication that the social network's days in the sun are numbered.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google makes its infrastructure move; Buys chunk of Trans-Pacific undersea cable  —  Google on Tuesday announced that it is part of a consortium of six companies building a high-bandwidth undersea cable connecting the U.S. and Japan.  —  In a statement, Google said cable will cost …
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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.)
eWeek:
Yahoo Users to Create Buzz with Favorite Content  —  Yahoo's Buzz service will use consumers' voting to uncover the most popular content from sites across the Internet and bring them to Yahoo's homepage.  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc said Tuesday it will launch a service called Yahoo Buzz …
Discussion: DailyTech and Search Engine Land
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Buzz Launches: Popular Stories To Go On Yahoo Homepage
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 …
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
Wow!  All Gmail Users Are Given Two Separate Email Addresses  —  You probably know how to create multiple email aliases in Gmail by adding the plus symbol and dots to your Gmail username but there's something more interesting.  —  When you create a Gmail account, you actually get two email addresses …
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 …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft's Live Poops Out … I got an IM from a source a few minutes ago asking if Hotmail and other Live services were down.  Being signed into Windows Live Messenger, I assumed that he was wrong.  —  Not so.  When I tried to sign into Windows Live Hotmail, during the Live ID authentication process …
Blake Robinson / ReadWriteWeb:
BricaBox - The Beginning of Social Content Platforms?  —  BricaBox is a new type of service that combines elements of social networking and content creation into a medium it calls a “social content platform.”  The NYC-based startup hopes to do for social content what Ning did for social networks.
 
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
HP, Dell and Fujitsu answer VMware's USB stick plea
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Discussion: GottaBeMobile
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Bad flavor: ICANN, Network Solutions sued for domain tasting
Discussion: Web Worker Daily
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Goldmund's $17,000 Blu-ray player
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Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Weighing Limits on Slowing Web Traffic
Discussion: WebProNews and TechBlog
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Sony's $500 headphones to hit U.S.
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