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7:25 PM ET, July 28, 2008

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Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Rumor: MacBook updates to include glass trackpad, other goodies  —  As I hinted in my “fun” blog, I have been hearing some interesting things about Apple's upcoming line of portable computers.  The talk amongst insiders on the new MacBooks is kind of scattered but here's a summation of what I've heard:
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen Macs to have something special under the hood  —  A new generation of personal computers on the way from Apple Inc. may sport some of the most significant architectural changes since the Mac maker made the jump from PowerPC processors to those manufactured by Intel Corp., AppleInsider has learned.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Is Apple thinking about ditching Intel chipsets?
Discussion: Electronista
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Vince Sollitto / Cuil:
Cuil Launches Biggest Search Engine on the Web  —  Technology Company Offers New Look at Search  —  Cuil, a technology company pioneering a new approach to search, unveils its innovative search offering, which combines the biggest Web index with content-based relevance methods, results organized by ideas, and complete user privacy.
Mark Evans:
Everyone Loves a Google-Killer
Discussion: The Bivings Report and VentureBeat
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Still Clueless; Claims Anti-Piracy Is Why Dark Knight Had A Huge Opening  —  from the are-these-people-serious?  dept  —  Last week, we wrote about how the massively successful opening of The Dark Knight showed (once again) how little an impact “piracy” has on movies.  But don't tell the movie industry that.
Discussion: Portfolio.com
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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Secrecy cloaked ‘Dark Knight’  —  Warner Bros. took painstaking care to thwart pirates ahead of the film's premier, and the effort paid off.  —  For Warner Bros., the mission was to keep “The Dark Knight” from seeing the light of day.  —  In an era of instantaneous digital copying …
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
iPhone, App Store problems causing more than just headaches  —  It has been a couple weeks since Apple deemed iPhone OS 2.0 to be ripe enough for us to pluck from its digital tree.  While third-party software (albeit from a walled garden) is indeed an appetizing treat, widespread reports …
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone NDA: Doing more harm than good
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Steve Jobs Walks Into the Trap  —  What was Steve thinking?  I don't pretend to understand the pressures he's under, both physically and professionally, but calling New York Times columnist Joe Nocera with an “off the record” health update was a big mistake, completely unnecessary, and serves only to fan the flames.
Discussion: GMSV, Real Dan Lyons Web Site and ZDNet
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
When the “Wisdom of Crowds” turns on itself: IMDB Edition  —  The concept of the wisdom of crowds is a fundamental building block of a lot of the Web 2.0 services that we see today.  While not all of them are built on this core concept, major sites like Digg, Wikipedia, and Mahalo rely heavily on crowds being wise.
Discussion: /Film and VentureBeat
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Hires Mozilla Exec Mike Schroepfer As Director Of Engineering  —  Mike Schroepfer, the extremely well regarded VP Engineering at Mozilla, is now Facebook's Director of Engineering.  —  He'll be heading up Facebook Platform and the main product front end, he said by telephone this morning …
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft Research releases free software for academics  —  At the ninth annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, Tony Hey, corporate vice president of Microsoft's External Research Division, unveiled free software to help researchers seamlessly publish, preserve, and share data.
Robert M. McDowell / Washington Post:
Who Should Solve This Internet Crisis?  —  The Internet was in crisis.  Its electronic “pipes” were clogged with new bandwidth-hogging software.  Engineers faced a choice: Allow the Net to succumb to fatal gridlock or find a solution.  —  The year was 1987.
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
VMware Plans Major Data Center in Wenatchee  —  VMware has become the latest tech titan to locate a major data center in central Washington.  The virtualization market leader will lease more than 100,000 square feet of space in a new facility being built by Sabey Corp. in its Intergate.Columbia development in East Wenatchee, Wash.
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Christine Pratt / The Wenatchee World Online:   Eastside data center lands another tenant
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo Music Does the Right Thing: Issues Refunds to Customers  —  Last Thursday, we reported that Yahoo Music was going to shut down its store and DRM licensing servers on September 30, which was basically going to leave anybody who ever bought music from the Yahoo Music Store without a license to play their music.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Yahoo Music to offer refunds, what about MSN?
Discussion: TechSpot
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Calendar Adds CalDAV Support  —  After many months of testing, Google Calendar finally adds CalDAV support.  “CalDAV is an open protocol that allows calendar access via WebDAV.  CalDAV models calendar events as HTTP resources in iCalendar format, and models calendars containing events as WebDAV collections.
Jason Calacanis / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Google A Content Company?  Of Course It Is.  So What Should Publishers Do?  —  For the past week, I've been fielding calls about Google's new content play, called Knol, “killing” Mahalo.  Knol stands for “unit of Knowledge” and it's a very well-designed Wikipedia/Mahalo style content publishing play.
Discussion: Podcasting News, Andrew Lih and eWeek
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Static continues for Apple's iPhone debut  —  LOS ANGELES — Apple's experiencing serious Microsoft-type growing pains with its launch of the new iPhone that went on sale two weeks ago.  —  It's not just that Apple can't satisfy demand for the phones.  A new, longer procedure to activate …
Discussion: Tech~Surf~Blog
New York Post:
‘CAPITAL’ UNREST CASTS GLOOM OVER YAHOO!  —  Yahoo! may have made peace with activist investor Carl Icahn, but its second-largest shareholder is still furious with Chairman Roy Bostock and CEO Jerry Yang and is considering withholding votes for them, sources told The Post.
 
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Oracle amends SAP TomorrowNow suit
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Discussion: Engadget
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John Carmack of id Software talks iPhone gaming
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