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1:30 PM ET, October 5, 2008

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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
The ‘Brick’ is...  The MacBook Brick is a block of high-quality, aircraft grade aluminum.  It is the beginning.  —  The beginning of what?  —  It is the beginning of the new Apple manufacturing process to make MacBooks.  It is totally revolutionary, a game changer.  One of the biggest Apple innovations in a decade.
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Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Apple ‘brick’ is a manufacturing process  —  With the brick rumor information out of the way, now we can all speculate what this new Apple manufacturing means.  Has Apple simply outsourced a rapid prototyping facility in Asia or is Steve Jobs fulfilling an 18 year old dream to move up the value chain in the production of computers.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Has Steve Jobs built a secret MacBook factory?  —  “I'm as proud of the factory as I am of the computer,” Steve Jobs told Fortune 18 years ago, describing the 40,000-square-foot plant he had constructed in Fremont, Calif., to manufacture circuit boards for his ill-fated NeXT …
Jon Gertner / New York Times:
Capitalism to the Rescue  —  How Green Was the Valley  —  One afternoon last May in Menlo Park, Calif., a venture capitalist named Ray Lane led me from his office to the parking lot, where an automobile had been delivered a few hours earlier by flatbed truck.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Can't Open Your E-Mailbox?  Good Luck  —  LOGGING on to Gmail or other e-mail service has become a routine of daily life, completed without a thought.  What would you do, however, if you woke up tomorrow, plugged in your user name and password as you always do, but then received an unfamiliar message …
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Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
So You Want To Be A Rich And Famous Blogger Eh  —  Before any real serious discussion about being a rich and (or) famous blogger takes place it has to be made clear that unlike any other media before it there are many different types of bloggers and blogs.  For the largest majority of people …
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Chrome: One Month Later  —  Earlier this week, Profy.com???s Svetlana Gladkova sent an email reminding me that Google???s Chrome Browser was one month old.  How time flies, and how quickly we forget: or at least I did.  After my initial few posts and thoughts, Google Chrome has fallen off …
Discussion: Regular Geek and Changing Way
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
Rumor: Nvidia-powered MacBooks on October 14th  —  TUAW is hearing from various sources that new MacBooks are right around the corner, and that they might even have some extra Nvidia power in them.  A source tells us that Nvidia is showing off new MacBooks to their employees …
Discussion: I4U News, MacRumors and Mac Soda
James Robinson / Guardian:
Discord over Nokia phone that comes with free music  —  Nokia's bold plan to offer unlimited downloads with its new mobiles is making artists nervous about their royalties, writes James Robinson  —  It sounds too good to be true: the world's largest mobile phone company launches a service allowing …
Discussion: ringtonia.com
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm internal product positioning, marketing points, BlackBerry Apex  —  Continuing our Stormness today, we're breaking out these great internal marketing and product positioning points.  What you're going to see isn't for the faint of heart — there's a ton of data points in here.
Discussion: I4U News and CrackBerry.com blogs
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Post Hate Mail About Our Link To Steve Jobs Heart Attack Report Here  —  UPDATE: The crowd has spoken, and they want us drawn and quartered (especially me).  Add your outrage below!  —  EARLIER: Around 9:15AM yesterday, we learned that the lead story on CNN's citizen-journalism site iReport …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
News Site Criticized for Linking to Pirate Bay Torrents  —  The Swedish news site Nyheter24 has been criticized for including a list of most downloaded TV-shows on their site, and linking directly to the torrent detail pages on The Pirate Bay.  According to Henrik Pontén …
Discussion: digg.com
 
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Linux laptops returned 4x as often as Windows
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CERN Launches The Biggest Computing Grid In The World
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