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1:15 AM ET, October 12, 2008

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AppleInsider:
Apple dumping Intel chipsets for NVIDIA's in new MacBooks  —  Apple will announce as part of its special media event Tuesday a new family of MacBooks that will abandoned Intel's integrated graphics chipsets for those part of NVIDIA's new mobile platform, AppleInsider can confirm.
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Edible Apple:
Kevin Rose drops MacBook Blu-Ray Rumor at Live Diggnation event  —  At the live Diggnation that was just held in London as part of the “Future of Web Apps” Expo, Kevin Rose enlightened us with yet another juicy rumor.  He claimed that the new and yet to be announced MacBooks will support Blu-Ray drives.
Discussion: MacRumors and digg.com
Twitter Status:
IM: Not coming soon  —  In October 2006, just three months after Twitter launched publicly, we added IM support—i.e., the ability to get and send tweets via XMPP/Jabber/Google Talk.  I was a big fan of this feature, because this interface, which millions of people were already familiar with …
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Twitter to IM: Drop Dead  —  It took a worldwide financial meltdown for Twitter to finally cough up the IM hairball.  At BearHug Camp, I spent about 10 of the 30 minute executive visitation trying to pin down Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Alex Payne on when exactly Track and IM would be back, and in what order.
CNET News:
Calacanis: Apple to release networked HDTVs  —  Yesterday I spent a couple of hours here at the office with Valleywag's most cherished and adored tech celebrity, Jason Calacanis.  Love him or hate him, the bloke's got contacts, and he confirmed to me that he knew first-hand that Apple was working on a networked television.
Fred / A VC:
Don't Shoot The Messenger  —  I've detected a bit of irritation, and even cynicism about the motives of Sequoia, Benchmark, Ron Conway, and others (including me perhaps) in the venture capital business who have been publicly and privately advising their portfolio companies and entrepreneurs everywhere …
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
Lawrence Lessig / Wall Street Journal:
In Defense of Piracy  —  Digital technology has made it easy to create new works from existing art, but copyright law has yet to catch up.  —  In early February 2007, Stephanie Lenz's 13-month-old son started dancing.  Pushing a walker across her kitchen floor, Holden Lenz started moving …
Discussion: it.gen.nz
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The startup squeeze  —  Startups that don't have revenues or a business model, like Seesmic or Twitter, are going to get squeezed big time in the next six months.  Already we've seen how Seesmic responded to that coming squeeze yesterday.  It got skinnier to make the squeeze easier to take.
Discussion: Webmetricsguru
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
The Bell Now Tolls for Social Networks  —  I blame David Hasselhoff.  —  Everything was going fine for the web — the financial world had been unwinding its overleveraged excesses for nearly a year without nary a ripple into Silicon Valley — until the launch of HoffSpace …
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
Google Rewires Washington in Challenge to Microsoft  —  Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) — Vivek Kundra, recruited to Washington to overhaul city computer networks plagued by cost overruns and viruses, treats his projects like stocks.  The biggest “buy” on his trading floor is Google Inc.
Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
Sharing is not always a good thing  —  You all learned about the value of sharing.  When I was a kid my mother taught me that I should share my stuff with my friends.  Unfortunately, sharing is not always a good thing.  Especially, when talking about sharing web-applications across domains.
Discussion: Googling Google and The Register
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:   Google Gmail, Other Apps, Vulnerable To Attack
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Canadian Democrats are Pro BitTorrent and Against Throttling  —  Three days before the Canadian elections, the party leader of the New Democrats has spoken out in favor of BitTorrent sites, calling them “fundamental to democracy.”  At the same time, isoHunt, the largest Canadian BitTorrent site advises …
Discussion: p2pnet and digg.com
David Sarno / Web Scout:
Brave New Films sues Michael Savage over YouTube takedown  —  Brave New Films, the Web video production company run by liberal filmmaker Robert Greenwald ("Outfoxed," Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price"), is suing conservative talk-show host Michael Savage in a copyright dispute that hinges …
Discussion: The Utube Blog
 
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Brian Nadel / Computerworld:
Sprint's 4G Xohm WiMax: How fast is it?
Discussion: CrunchGear and Slashdot
Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Microsoft Sues DHL After Train Dumps 21,600 Xboxes
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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Chinese Nokia 5800 XpressMusic to come sans 3G, WiFi
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
Stupid rock band totally pwns Google
Discussion: The Globe and Mail
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Mafiaboy Grows Up; a Hacker Seeks Redemption
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Verizon Wireless Plans to Charge Companies Sending Text Messages
Discussion: Obsessable
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Expect to see start-ups and VCs hit standoff over valuations
Discussion: Beyond Search and pedatacenter.com
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Over 300 iPhone Apps Use Location Look-Ups
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News