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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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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 …
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.
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 …
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
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Apple's “spotlight turns to notebooks” event
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Hands on with the Macbook/Pro's removable hard drive
Discussion: AppleInsider and Technologizer
Chris Tompkins / Industry Standard:
Steve Jobs: Blu-ray is a “bag of hurt”
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
New MacBooks Get Glass Trackpad with New Multitouch Gestures, No Buttons
Discussion: Scripting News and Lifehacker
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:
Discussion: Valleywag and OStatic blogs
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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.
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bush's New Copyright Czar Is Going To Do About As Much Good As His Drug Czar
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Portfolio and PC Magazine
White House:
Fact Sheet: Protecting American Innovation
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Salon and p2pnet
AndroidGuys:
Motorola Recruiting for “Android Social Networking SmartPhone” Project  —  An innocuous posting on Coroflot might be indication of Motorola's plans for implementing Android into their hardware lineup.  One of our readers sent us a link to a job posting for the Interaction Design Team at Motorola.
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.
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 …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
McCain Campaign Sends Letter To YouTube Defending Fair Use  —  from the what-the...?  dept  —  This is impressive, and somewhat unexpected.  It's rather rare to see politicians (other than maginal ones, at least) showing any sort of recognition of fair use.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and AppScout
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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.
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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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
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Vista SP2 and Server 2008 SP2: watch this space  —  As some of you may recall, Windows Server 2008 shipped with SP1 already installed.  Microsoft made this decision in order to synchronize the Windows client and server release schedule.  As such, SP2 will be released simultaneously for both Vista and Server 2008.
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...
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple snags nearly 10% of US PC market in third quarter  —  With just days to go before Apple announces the results of its fourth fiscal quarter, new data from market research firm Gartner has the Mac maker snagging a near 10 percent share of the US PC market for the three month period ending September …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Quicken Online is finally free
Discussion: Fast Company
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Microsoft undercuts Wii value with $20 Xbox 360 HDD promo
Discussion: CNET News, Obsessable and TechSpot
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Cybercrime Supersite ‘DarkMarket’ Was FBI Sting, Documents Confirm
Discussion: SC Magazine US
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft survey teases “Oahu”: affordable consumer-version …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Angel Investor Ron Conway Speaks (About His Wise-Up-Silicon-Valley Missive)
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