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10:25 PM ET, October 12, 2008

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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
What is the mystery port on the MacBook Pro?  —  So, today's case spy shots would reveal a couple of interesting nuggets if they turn out to be the final designs of Tuesday's MacBooks.  Firstly, the 13 inch-ish case is sans Firewire.  Systems Admins will have to move those Boot images over the network now for all but the Pro models.
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Arn / MacRumors:
Higher Quality MacBook and MacBook Pro Case Photos Leaked  —  MacX.cn has posted a series of higher quality images of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro cases that were originally posted last week.  While there had been some doubts about the details of the blurry photo, these new images show every angle …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Document Confirms MacBook/MacBook Pro (Late 2008)  —  Apple has published a support document (PDF) specifically for the “MacBook/MacBook Pro (Late 2008)” models.  Besides the name, the document is not especially revealing.  It appears to be a service document when replacing the display on the new MacBooks.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
New MacBook case leaks question FireWire's future  —  Clearer, more detailed leaks of Apple's next-generation MacBook and MacBook Pro cases have surfaced and reveal that Apple's once-preferred FireWire may be on the way out for its entry-level system.  —  Posted yet again on a Chinese site …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
1.5 million T-Mobile G1s already pre-ordered  —  T-Mobile sold right out of its original allotment of G1 pre-orders quick, fast and in a hurry, and even the second round has been claimed in a flash.  What's it all mean?  It means that someone at T-Mobile and Google are sitting in a fancy restaurant …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Intuition + Money: An Aha Moment  —  IT started with a Harvard physicist acting on a hunch.  It ended up producing a new material, called black silicon, that could have a broad impact on technologies ranging from ultrasensitive sensors to photovoltaic cells.
Discussion: Xconomy, Gizmodo and Slashdot
Alex Zaharov-Reutt / iTWire:
A Netbook-style clamshell for the iPhone is coming!  —  OLO - it's the name of what looks like a notebook or netbook computer, but in place of the trackpad, you slot in your iPhone - and use its screen as a trackpad instead!  Genius of an idea - or as dumb as the Palm Foleo that never was?
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
TechCrunch Turns Into F**kedCompany 2.0  —  Some of my readers who missed the dotcom boom and bust from the early 2000s may not be familiar with F**kedCompany, a Web site that was dedicated to gloating about layoffs and other misfortunes at Web companies as the tech bubble popped.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Smart Startup Advice: Don't Panic - Profit  —  VCs and angels sent out a series of “look out!” warnings to their charges last week.  Now we're starting to see slightly more positive takes from other investors to their startups: Something along the lines of “Look out!  But take advantage of the openings”.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Employees, not hackers, cause most corporate data loss  —  Earlier this summer, we covered a report suggesting that the majority of corporate data loss comes from risky employee actions and systemic failures at the corporate level when it comes to implementing comprehensive IT security policies.
Discussion: digg.com
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
AC/DC Electrify BitTorrent Album Downloads  —  AC/DC will release its new album ‘Black Ice’ worldwide on October 20th, in physical format only since the band doesn't sell its music online.  However, the upcoming album has already been digitized by pirates, as it leaked to BitTorrent five days ago.
Discussion: The Inquisitr and digg.com
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amid the Gloom, an E-Commerce War  —  WHEN the e-commerce giant eBay emerged from the last recession seven years ago with an aura of invincibility, its chief executive, Meg Whitman, boasted that “eBay is to some extent recession-proof.”  —  As the online auctioneer's revenues and stock price kept climbing …
Discussion: AuctionBytes Blog
 
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Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
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