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3:55 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.
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
The new MacBook's battery life and power adapter  —  When Steve Jobs un-enveloped the MacBook Air last month, Apple watchers were impressed by the “5 hours of wireless productivity” battery life.  However, after putting the Air through its paces, only a few reviewers were able to be that productive …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Computerworld and 9 to 5 Mac
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.)
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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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: More On New Macs, Higher Margins, Weak iPods and iPhones …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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?
Discussion: Screenwerk
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:   The Web Economy Rejoices: Google IS Overrated and Due For BIGGER Fall!
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 …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Tech Tracks
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Outage hits Windows Live Hotmail, Messenger users
Discussion: Channel 9
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Exploring Windows Server's Vista ties
Admin_huliq / HULIQ:
Hotmail Down On East Coast
Discussion: The Register
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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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.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Lance Ulanoff's death spiral has begun
Discussion: PC Magazine and FaceReviews
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 …
Akessler / Andy Kessler:
WSJ: Internet Wrecking Ball  —  Imagine a town that has all sorts of gasoline pipelines running by it but only one gas pump.  Rationing is inevitable.  So are price controls.  —  Everyone gets equal amounts, except of course first responders like police and ambulances, which should get all the gas they want.
Discussion: Techdirt and Associated Press
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Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Weighing Limits on Slowing Web Traffic
Discussion: WebProNews and TechBlog
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Estimates Put Internet Advertising at $21 Billion in U.S., $45 Billion Globally  —  Two reports are out today on the size of the Internet advertising market.  The Interactive Advertising Bureau has a preliminary estimate of $21.1 billion for U.S. Internet ads in 2007, a 25 percent increase over 2006.
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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