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5:55 AM 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.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Apple's ‘Brick’ is a Revolutionary Aluminum Manufacturing Process?  —  9to5 Mac has gone on record as saying that the rumored Apple Brick isn't a product, but a manufacturing process that can make high quality aluminum shells.  The “brick” part comes in because the supposed technique carves …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm 9500 and 9530, everything you could ever want to know  —  It's a beautiful day in New York City, but oh man... we can see those clouds eagerly approaching.  We just got our hands on a ton of documents detailing both the BlackBerry Storm 9500 and BlackBerry Storm 9530.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why We Linked To That Steve Jobs Heart Attack Report  —  Around 9:15AM yesterday, we learned that the lead story on CNN's citizen-journalism site iReport said that Steve Jobs had been rushed to the hospital after a heart attack.  By the time we found it, the story had more than 100 Diggs and 50 comments and was all over Twitter.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
SEC investigating fake Steve Jobs heart attack story
Discussion: MacNN and Apple 2.0
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Court Temporarily Shuts Down RealDVD  —  A court has ordered RealNetworks to temporarily suspend distribution of its controversial RealDVD product until Tuesday so that the judge can review all of the papers filed in the case, according to an email from a RealNetworks representative.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
A Fresh Look At Google Gears  —  There's a common misconception that Google's “next-gen” web platform called Gears only (or even primarily) enables offline capabilities for web applications.  The truth of the matter is that Google's ambitions are far greater, and the browser extension's capabilities …
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 …
T-Marco / Cell Phone Signal:
Do you want to play with the G1?  —  Did you order your G1 but you can wait to have it ?.. For those who want to play a little bit with the new G1, T-Mobile just launched the a new site with a 360 degrees view, visual guides instructions and a emulator.  Yes, i have tried the emulator and it looks like the original G1.
Tech Employees' Political Contributions Dramatically Favor Obama  —  That the San Francisco Bay Area, surrounding Silicon Valley, is left-leaning is no surprise.  With rare exceptions, including eBay's Meg Whitman and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, the majority of tech titans have traditionally leaned in favor of the Democratic Party.
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 blogs
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Was the Yahoo/Google deal a ploy to weaken Yahoo?  —  With the DOJ expressing skepticism over Yahoo's agreement to sell search ad space to its biggest competitor, a letter from a key US senator urging action could be preaching to the choir.  What's interesting is that senator's theory.
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Beer-Filled USB Drive Raises Disturbing Questions  —  Gadgets like this Beer-Filled USB Flash Drive really make me question the basics.  More than my first-year university philosophy class did, anyway.  Existential angst, the downfall of western civilization, and “customizable floaties” after the jump.
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