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9:50 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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:   Has Steve Jobs built a secret MacBook factory?
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Apple ‘brick’ is a manufacturing process
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and
Mark Evans:
Wordpress 2.7 is the Real Deal  —  For all the excitement about Wordpress 2.5 with its pretty new design, Wordpress didn't change all that much for me.  —  The layout was different, the design (provided by hot-shot consulting firm, Happy Cog) was a lot more user-friendly but Wordpress continued to be Wordpress.
randomwalker's journal:
Lessons from the failure of Livejournal: when NOT to listen to your users  —  facebook, livejournal, social networks, web2.0 … In the last couple of months, there have been multiple developments that seem to indicate that the combination of a blogging platform/commenting system …
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 …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Music Streamed Its Billionth Song “A Few Days” After Launch  —  It took iTunes nearly three years to get to 1 billion song downloads.  MySpace Music streamed a billion songs in just a few days after it launched on September 25.  And while this isn't a fair comparison …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Chrome: One Month Later  —  Earlier this week, 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
David Oxenford / Broadcast Law Blog:
Will Guitar Hero Show the Promotional Value of Music and Change the Music Royalty Outlook?  —  We've previously written about the value of music in connection with the royalties to be paid by Internet Radio and the performance royalty (or “performance tax” as it's labeled by the NAB) proposed for broadcasters.
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose
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 …
ROVIO Rolls Out: First Impressions of WowWee's Surprising Robot  —  We've always been enamoured with ‘remote presence’ as a future concept, but our experience this week with the new ROVIO robot quickly converted us from skeptics into true believers.  This extremely well thought-out robot …
Discussion: io9, I4U News, Gadget Review and Engadget
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.
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%.
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Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
BenQ S6 MID product page, UI demo, press shots
Discussion: UMPCPortal and Engadget
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
News Site Criticized for Linking to Pirate Bay Torrents
James Robinson / Guardian:
Discord over Nokia phone that comes with free music
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
Rumor: Nvidia-powered MacBooks on October 14th
Discussion: I4U News, MacRumors and Mac Soda
 Earlier Items: 
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm internal product positioning, marketing points, BlackBerry Apex
Discussion: I4U News and blogs
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
A Fresh Look At Google Gears
Discussion: Forum Nokia Blogs
Rick C. Hodgin / TG Daily:
‘Unbreakable’ quantum cryptography hacked without detection using lasers