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11:30 PM ET, July 28, 2008

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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.
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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:
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Cuil shows us how not to launch a search engine  —  Google challenger Cuil launched last night in blaze of glory.  And it went down in a ball of flames.  Immediately after launch, the criticism started to pile on: results were incomplete, weird, and missing.
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Wow, How Did Cuil Get So Much Publicity on Day 1?!  —  An alternative search engine launched last night.  It's called Cuil and, if you're a reader of tech blogs and/or the New York Times, you've no doubt been hammered with the news all day.  We checked Cuil out and had a mixed user experience …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Former Employees of Google Prepare Rival Search Engine
Capen Karr / Apple iPhone Apps:
MagicPad: iPhone Copy / Paste & More (Video)  —  In a follow-up to the story we broke last week, Apple iPhone Apps has new information about an app that will, amongst other things, finally bring copy & paste functionality to the iPhone.  —  MagicPad is a rich-text editor that was recently submitted …
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David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
iPhone, App Store problems causing more than just headaches
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and The iPhone Blog
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone NDA: Doing more harm than good
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
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: TECH.BLORGE.com and VentureBeat
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Peter Sciretta / /Film:   IMDb Watch: Are Dark Knight Fanboys Burying The Godfather?
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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Craig Donato / Oodle Blog:
New MySpace Classifieds Powered by Oodle  —  MySpace users now have a smarter classifieds site - more listings, better search and helpful pricing guides.  The site is also more social: listings are linked to MySpace profiles - not anonymous IDs, and users can enlist their friends to help …
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.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
IAC's Life123 Comes To Life; Goals Include Saving You Time, Ranking Well In Search
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
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.
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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Secrecy cloaked ‘Dark Knight’
Discussion: Gizmodo
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Kevin Rose calls to non-rebut rumors about Digg and Google acquisition talks  —  More amazing scoops at the RDL blog today.  My Skype just buzzed, with a call from a name I didn't recognize, and I picked up and it was Kevin Rose of Digg.  He goes, “This is Kevin Rose.
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.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Video: Microsoft's Sphere display in action  —  In the video above, Hrvoje Benko of Microsoft Research demonstrates Sphere.  Here's an advance look at the story I wrote for Tuesday's newspaper. — tb  —  Flat-panel displays might be all the rage, but at least in some situations …
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.
Luca Filigheddu:
iPhone 3G giveaway from Hictu!  —  Do you want a cool new Apple iPhone 3G (unlocked, of course!)  ? Ok, this is the right place to get one.  My company's micro video blogging service Hictu is giving it away to a lucky user.  —  How to apply?  Since many people are taking a break in this period …
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog
Abha Bhattarai / New York Times:
Find an Undervalued Asset.  Fix It Up.  Flip It.  (Now It's Web Sites, Not Houses)  —  Dave Hermansen did not own a bird or a cage when he bought bird-cage.com, an online store, for $1,800 three years ago.  He simply saw a Web site that was “very, very poorly done,” and begged the owners to sell it to him.
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Textbook Publishers Continue To Freak Out Over File Sharing
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