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4:00 PM ET, February 26, 2008


 Top Items: 
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.
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.)
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.
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 and Tech Tracks
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Outage hits Windows Live Hotmail, Messenger users
Discussion: Channel 9
Ina Fried / CNET
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.
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
iTunes Now Number Two Music Retailer in the US  —  iTunes Customers Top 50 Million  —  Apple® today announced that iTunes® ( is now the number two music retailer in the US, behind only Wal-Mart, based on the latest data from the NPD Group*.
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 …
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.
Mathew /
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
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.
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Discussion: Media Bullseye
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Discussion: Web Worker Daily
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