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6:40 PM ET, October 14, 2008

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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple's all-new MacBook Pro packs new NVIDIA GPUs, glass trackpad  —  Oh, don't act so surprised.  A refresh of Apple's long-in-the-tooth MacBook Pro line was pretty much the only sure thing slated for today's event, and Apple certainly delivered.  As for looks, you probably know the score by now …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Apple's “spotlight turns to notebooks” event  —  9:08AM PT - We've got a little less than an hour to go, so we'll just kind of be loitering outside Apple Town Hall, waiting to spot Steve and the unicorn that is his new MacBook Pro.  —  We're at Apple HQ!
Between the Lines:
Apple's new MacBook line: Affordable enough?  —  Apple on Tuesday moved to address a weakened consumer and its statement on a its refreshed MacBook lineup is telling.  Since when does a premium brand like Apple worry about price and making its notebooks “far more affordable?”
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Answers about the new buttonless MacBook trackpad  —  We have spent some time messing around with the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros, and the number one question we're getting so far is, “How in the world do you use the buttonless trackpad?”  —  Let me just say first that if you're already used …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Gearlog and Gizmodo
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Next-Generation MacBook Ditches the Plastic, Becomes MacBook Pro Mini  —  Joining the MacBook Pro, Apple's MacBooks, their best-selling mac ever, also received a complete hardware re-tooling today, with rejuvenated hardware packed inside a brand-new aluminum case, thus putting one of the final stakes …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Apple finally refreshes Cinema Display: 24-inch, LED backlit, $899  —  Another rumor to tick off the list, Apple just announced the 24-inch Cinema Display.  LED-backlit, check; Mini DisplayPort, check; $899 list price, check; MagSafe adapter, check.  In fact, it has a tri-pronged cable that also includes USB .
Janette Barrios / Apple:
New MacBook Family Redefines Notebook Design  —  Industry's Greenest Notebooks  —  Apple® today unveiled an all new MacBook® family that redefines notebook design, and at the same time dramatically lowers the entry price for advanced notebook features including all-metal enclosures …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
MacBook Pro first hands-on!  —  Well you've heard the talk, now check out the pics in the gallery below.  Believe it or not, that trackpad isn't as hard to use as you think.  The new laptops are shockingly similar to current models, and in here those glossy displays don't seem too bad.
Discussion: Switched
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Hands on with the Macbook/Pro's removable hard drive
Discussion: AppleInsider
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
New MacBooks Get Glass Trackpad with New Multitouch Gestures, No Buttons
Discussion: Scripting News and Lifehacker
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ex-Google, Yahoo, Facebook employees snub recession, launch Hadoop startup  —  Recession be damned, a group of top Silicon Valley engineers have come together to launch an interesting startup called Cloudera.  Not yet launched, it intends to help other companies adopt a promising software platform called Hadoop.
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Amr / Amr Awadallah Blog:
The Startup is Cloudera, the Business is Hadoop MapReduce  —  The new company I am starting is called Cloudera, it will be offering support for Hadoop, think RedHat for Hadoop, but that is just the beginning.  —  My co-founders are a bunch of really interesting folks:
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Bush Signs Draconian Anti-Piracy Law  —  Over in California, champagne corks are popping.  In the offices of the MPAA and RIAA, lawyers turned lobbyists are dancing jigs.  In houses all around the US however, people are left dumbfounded by the passage of a bill based on appeasement to big money …
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White House:
Fact Sheet: Protecting American Innovation
Discussion: p2pnet
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bush's New Copyright Czar Is Going To Do About As Much Good As His Drug Czar
Discussion: Portfolio, PC Magazine and Techdirt
Fawn Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
Bush Signs Anti-Piracy Bill
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Salon
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Intel Underwhelms—But That's OK, Really  —  Intel's quarterly report today might be one of those rare cases of “not bad” being “good enough,” based on trading reaction to these numbers.  —  And I've just learned that despite suggestions to the contrary, Intel [INTC Loading...
Discussion: VentureBeat and Tech Trader Daily
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Search Hits the Airwaves  —  A little over four years ago, we launched our own search engine and became a principal in the search business.  Our focus since then has been the same - building the best search experience to give users a fast, easy and intuitive way to get straight to their answers.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T goes wild with texting, announces four QWERTY phones  —  If you're into that whole SMS craze and you're on AT&T, you're in luck — four times over.  The carrier's gone ahead and announced not one, not two, but four QWERTY-equipped dumphones today, including a dual slider and a Pantech being billed as …
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Madison Park / CNN:
Study: Google does a brain good  —  (CNN) — Can Google make you smarter?  Is the more you Yahoo, the better?  A new study suggests that searching online could be beneficial for the brain.  —  A study at the University of California, Los Angeles, measured brain activity of older adults as they searched the Web.
Discussion: SearchViews, BBC and Entrepreneur Watch
Chris Kelly / Facebook Blog:
Keeping Kids Safe Online  —  Yesterday the President signed into law the KIDS Act of 2008, “Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators.”  This law takes an important step in dramatically reducing the opportunities to harm children online, by requiring all convicted sex offenders provide …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
JS-Kit, the widget company for dummies, gets boost  —  JS-Kit, the Silicon Valley company that makes it easy for bloggers to add comments, polls, product reviews or ratings system to their website, has gotten a boost when it most needs it.  —  It has raised $3.6 million in a second round …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Nameo: Single-Button Business Card Replacement For The iPhone  —  A few months ago iPhone application developer Tapulous announced FriendBook, an app that would allow users to hold shake their phones together to exchange contact information - a fun and simple alternative to pocketfuls of clumsy business cards.
Discussion: The Next Web
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Angel Investor Ron Conway Speaks (About His Wise-Up-Silicon-Valley Missive)  —  Of course, the stock market had to come roaring back and it had to be extra sunny on the very day I was scheduled to have lunch with well-known Silicon Valley investor Ron Conway to talk about the worrisome state of the digital sector.
Discussion: The Drama 2.0 Show
MacNN:
Analysts: $999 MacBook most significant announcement  —  The announcement of a $999 plastic MacBook may be more significant than the revelation of metal MacBooks and MacBook Pros, say analysts with UBS and Piper Jaffray.  The former firm notes that while the metal notebooks are more attractive …
Discussion: The Apple Blog
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Booyah Raises $4.5 Million from Kleiner Perkins  —  Booyah is stew-like food prepared en masse for large gatherings, and has become an exclamatory catchphrase for broadcasters like Jim Cramer and Stuart Scott.  More quietly, it's also become the name of an online content startup funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent.org
Josh Estelle / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Helping you break the language barrier  —  When webmasters put content out on the web it's there for the world to see.  Unfortunately, most content on the web is only published in a single language, understandable by only a fraction of the world's population.
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
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