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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 …
Vince Sollitto / Cuil:
Cuil Launches Biggest Search Engine on the Web
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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Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:   It's Not Easy Being a Restaurant Guide, Jukebox, Game Console and Lightsaber
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
iPhone, App Store problems causing more than just headaches
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone NDA: Doing more harm than good
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
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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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.
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
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 …
Kristi E. Swartz / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
EarthLink returns to dial-up for its future  —  EarthLink invested for years in potential replacements for its once-thriving dial-up Internet business: a mobile phone service aimed at teens, citywide wireless high-speed Internet and broadband that runs over utility power lines.  —  None of them worked.
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DSLreports:   Earthlink Pins Future Hopes On......Dial-Up? …
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.
Dan Moren / MacUser:
Google Calendar now syncs with iCal, for free  —  Holy Crow T. Robot!  It seems that our own Aaron Freedman's prayers have been answered.  Aaron's long been on the lookout for a free way to sync his Google Calendar with iCal, and while he's tried a bunch of different solutions, none of them have quite met his rigorous criteria.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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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.
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.
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.
The Sun:
‘Shank’ website is aimed at the kids who carry knives  —  All in the game ... list of SuperPoke! icons includes smacks, hugs, bouquets, smiles - and horrifying ‘shank’ threat  —  A SICK game on Facebook has been removed from the website after The Sun revealed how kids were able to STAB each other.
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 …
Electronista:
Dell takes on Mac mini with Studio Hybrid  —  Dell tonight leapt into the mini desktop business with the Studio Hybrid [link ready soon].  The system is described as the company's “first step” in eco-friendly PCs and uses notebook components to dramatically reduce both its size and power draw …
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Got a gadget gathering dust? Gazelle will resell or recycle
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Textbook Publishers Continue To Freak Out Over File Sharing
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Hey Hulu, What'cha Tracking?
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
HP: Nvidia graphics defect an issue since November 2007
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Static continues for Apple's iPhone debut
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Microsoft Plays Practical Joke On People To Convince Them They Like Vista
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Apple is sorry (again) over MobileMe
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Yahoo Music Does The Right Thing: Issues Refunds to Customers
Schrep / Schrep's Blog:
New Adventures  —  I'm moving on from my role at Mozilla Corporation …
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Steve Jobs Walks Into the Trap
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