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11:30 AM 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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Electronista:
Apple updates MacBook, MacBook Pro  —  Apple today announced long-awaited upgrades for both its MacBook and MacBook Pro portables, adding Intel's 45 nanometer Penryn architecture for its Core 2 Duo processors.  All systems now include the larger Level 2 cache, SSE4 media instructions, and reduced power consumption of the new chips.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple bumps MacBooks, adds Penryn MacBook Pros with multi-touch
Mike Ricciuti / Crave: The gadget blog:
Apple updates MacBook, MacBook Pro lineups
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Announces Open Search Platform  —  Yahoo will soon be allowing third parties to enhance the Yahoo Search experience.  The new platform, codenamed “SearchMonkey” and officially called Open Search Platform, will consist of a set of APIs that allow third parties to modify search results …
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo To Announce “Search Monkey” Enhanced, Annotated Results At SMX West  —  Today, at the inaugural Search Marketing Expo West conference, Yahoo plans to unveil a project code-named “Search Monkey,” a set of open-source tools that allow users and publishers to annotate and enhance search results associated with specific web sites.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:   An easy way to add new features to Google
Google Talkabout:
Google Talk chatback  —  Do you have a blog, online profile, or some other personal web page?  Would you like to communicate more with your visitors?  Today we're launching a new Google Talk feature that lets visitors to your web site chat with you.  We call it “chatback” …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Chat With Your Site's Visitors Using Google Talk
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Buzz Launches: Popular Stories To Go On Yahoo Homepage  —  Yahoo launches the much anticipated Yahoo Buzz tonight - a Digg-like site that takes stories from pre-approved news publishers (100 to start) and let's users vote on stories and push them up to the top of the page.
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Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Weighing Limits on Slowing Web Traffic  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The head of the Federal Communications Commission and other senior officials said on Monday that they were considering taking steps to discourage cable and telephone companies from delaying the downloads and uploads of heavy Internet users.
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Goldmund's $17,000 Blu-ray player  —  If you've ever wondered how a media room can run up a $300,000 tab, try this on for starters: a Blu-ray Disc player that goes for $17,000.  —  Switzerland-based Goldmund has upgraded its “Eidos 20” media player with the victorious video format …
Discussion: Engadget HD and Gadget Lab
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Matthew Moskovciak / CNET News.com:
New Sony Blu-ray players: Better than PS3?
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Bad flavor: ICANN, Network Solutions sued for domain tasting  —  A class action lawsuit has been launched against domain registrar Network Solutions and ICANN over the controversial practice of domain tasting.  The suit was initiated on behalf of Chris McElroy, a search engine optimization specialist who goes by the handle NameCritic.
Discussion: Web Worker Daily
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Friendfeed, the best software for conversations, raises round and launches publicly  —  FriendFeed is like Facebook's news feed.  But it's more of a dynamic conversation among close friends about what they're up to all over the web — and not so much a social network.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
CBS Q4: Declines In TV, Radio and Publishing  —  CBS, the most ad-dependent and US-focused of the big media companies, reported lower revenue at its TV, radio and publishing divisions.  Overall, Q4 revenue was down 3% to $3.76 billion from $3.88 billion a year ago, due in part …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:   Earnings: CBS Q4 Revs Down 3 Percent; Income Down On Investment Loss
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.
Marla Nitke / IAB:
Internet Advertising Revenues Again Reach New Highs, Estimated to Pass $21 Billion in 2007 and Hit Nearly $6 Billion in Q4 2007  —  Full-Year 2007 and Q4 Results Continue Industry's Record-Breaking Year-on-Year and Quarter-on-Quarter Growth, According to IAB and PwC
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. to Introduce a Notably Improved Mainframe  —  The mainframe, the aged yet surprisingly resilient survivor of computing, is getting a face-lift.  A model called the I.B.M. z10, which is being introduced Tuesday, is far faster and has three times the data-juggling memory of its three-year-old predecessor, the z9.
Discussion: The Register
Jeff Bakalar / CNET News.com:
Sony PX-LX300USB lets you breathe new life into your old vinyl records  —  Got a stack of old records that you would like to get onto your iPod?  Sony's PS-LX300USB may be just what you need.  The turntable can be connected to any standard Windows PC via a USB cable, where your 33 1/3rpm albums …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
 
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Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
Bill Ray / The Register:
iPhone SDK won't be here in February after all
Discussion: ZDNet.com.au and PC World
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Shares Slide On Weak Paid Click Data; Is The Crumbling …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Business Wire:
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Link Journalism: Is Linking to News a form of Journalism?
Stephanie Kang / Wall Street Journal:
Why DVR Viewers Recall Some TV Spots
Augustine Anthony / Reuters:
YouTube outage might have been caused by Pakistan
Dave McAllister / Open at Adobe:
Making SQLite work for all of us
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Egan Orion / Inquirer:
RIAA's ‘making available’ theory falls
Donald Bell / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sony's $500 headphones to hit U.S.
Discussion: OhGizmo!
Zaheda Bhorat / Official Google Blog:
A renewed wish for open document standards
Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Sony Announces an Ungodly Number of Audio Accessories
Louise Story / New York Times:
Nielsen Looks Beyond TV, and Hits Roadblocks
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Digg's inaugural town hall: Too much navel-gazing
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Come for brunch. Bring billions.