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5:19 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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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 …
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.
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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wall Street Starts Cutting Google Estimates  —  As we said last week, one of the near-term headwinds for Google's stock is the likelihood that Wall Street will be cutting estimates for the company for a while.  We have heard that Google's internal revenue-growth target for 2009 is about 15%, and the Street is still expecting 20%.
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 …
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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 …
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Pete Carey / LinuxInsider:
Mozilla CEO John Lilly: World Domination Is Overrated  —  John Lilly became chief executive of Mozilla in January, moving up from his role as chief operating officer.  He's been with the company that created the open source Firefox browser since 2005, the year Firefox 1.5 was released.
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: MacRumors, I4U News 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 …
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Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
BenQ S6 MID product page, UI demo, press shots  —  I'm heading to Reno for the weekend and if I see a BenQ-sponsored table on the casino floor, I'm putting some money down that a wider launch of the S6 MID, which has so far only been released in Italy, is imminent.  Why?
Discussion: UMPCPortal and Engadget
 
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