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4:45 PM ET, February 26, 2008

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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.)
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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
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
Discussion: Gizmodo, Computerworld and 9 to 5 Mac
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: WebProNews and 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: 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
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 …
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: PC Magazine and FaceReviews
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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.
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.
Andrew Park / Wired News:
The Brash Programmers at 37signals Will Tell You: Keep It Simple, Stupid  —  To the 300 software developers packed into a Vancouver conference room, David Heinemeier Hansson was more than a programmer.  He was a visionary, the creator of Ruby on Rails, a software template that powered an increasing number of hot Internet applications.
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Jason / Signal vs. Noise:   37signals Featured in Wired (March 2008 issue)
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 …
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!
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Estimates Put Internet Advertising at $21 Billion in U.S., $45 Billion Globally
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
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New search powers lead Firefox 3
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