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2:25 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 / Crave: The gadget blog:
Apple updates MacBook, MacBook Pro lineups  —  Apple updated its MacBook and MacBook Pro lineups today with Intel's Penryn processors, while bringing multitouch trackpads to MacBook Pros.  —  The MacBook Pro is available with Core 2 Duo (Penryn) processors at up to 2.6GHz and up to 6MB of cache memory.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple bumps MacBooks, adds Penryn MacBook Pros with multi-touch  —  It's Tuesday and it's 2008, so that means Apple released something new this morning.  That “something” happened to be the loooooong-awaited MacBook Pro update, along with a bump to the MacBook line.
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*
Discussion: WebProNews and Darren Herman
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Announces Open Search Platform
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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
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.
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.
Discussion: The Kelsey Group and MarketingVOX
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Marla Nitke / IAB:
Internet Advertising Revenues Again Reach New Highs, Estimated …
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 …
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.
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” …
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
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
An Online Collection of Visualized Networks  —  VisualComplexity.com is a site that intends to be a unified resource space for the visualization of complex networks.  Their main goal is to better understand the different types of visualization methods used across several different disciplines …
BBC:
New search powers lead Firefox 3  —  The latest version of web browser Firefox will make changes to the way people search for information online, says its developer.  —  Mozilla has told the BBC's World Service that the new browser has been designed around the importance of search to users.
 
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F.C.C. Weighing Limits on Slowing Web Traffic
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