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4:10 AM ET, October 15, 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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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 …
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?”
Jason Snell / Macworld:
First Look: MacBook and MacBook Pro  —  A quick hands-on tour of what's new and different in Apple's new laptops  —  The new MacBook and MacBook Pro are here.  No, not just “here” in the sense of “publicly acknowledged by Apple and being shipped to arrive in Apple Stores tomorrow.”
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: Gearlog, AppleInsider, Gizmodo and GMSV
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
MacBook Pro first hands-on!
Discussion: Switched and Infinite Loop
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Hands on with the Macbook/Pro's removable hard drive
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Who's Afraid of Chrome?  Flock 2 Released With Even More Bells And Whistles  —  Design philosophies could hardly be further apart.  Google's ironically named Chrome browser, which launched last month, advanced the notion that browsers ought to be neither seen nor heard.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Flock Moves 2.0 Browser Release Into Full Public Release
Discussion: Profy
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
First New York Times API is Live - Here's Why it Matters  —  The much-anticipated first Application Programming Interface (API) from the New York Times went live today, according to a post on the company's blog Open - All the code that's fit to printf().  First up is a campaign finance data API and next is a movie review API.
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and VentureBeat
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Derek Willis / Open:
Announcing the New York Times Campaign Finance API  —  When we first started talking about creating and releasing APIs for databases collected by The Times, campaign finance data from the Federal Election Commission was a natural choice.  The upcoming presidential election has seen record fund-raising …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Today's Claim Chowder  —  Let's flag the most egregiously wrong rumor reports from the last few weeks.  —  DUNCAN RILEY: $800 MACBOOKS  —  Jackass of the week honors go to Duncan Riley at Inquisitr, who a week ago launched the “$800 laptop from Apple” rumor.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The $800 rumor that spoiled Apple's party  —  Blame Duncan Riley.  —  Last Wednesday, he posted an “exclusive” on his blog — The Inquisitr — under the headline: “Apple to launch $800 laptop.”  Although his scoop was unsourced, the news that Apple was set to announce its cheapest notebook computer ever …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Is Steve Jobs Preparing His Farewell?  —  Steve Jobs is leaving Apple.  Not tomorrow, but probably very soon.  That's why he started to say good bye today, doing something more important than just presenting new MacBooks, MacBook Pros, and an updated MacBook Air.
Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3.1 beta 1 now available for download  —  Please note: Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 is a public preview release intended for developer testing and community feedback.  It includes many new features as well as improvements to performance, web compatibility, and speed.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3.1 beta 1 officially released
Discussion: Lifehacker and Gizmodo
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.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Authorities Shut Down Spam Ring  —  The Federal Trade Commission won a preliminary legal victory against what it called one of the largest spam gangs on the Internet, getting an Illinois district court on Tuesday to freeze the group's assets and order the spam network to shut down.
Discussion: CircleID and Gizmodo
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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:
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ex-Google, Yahoo, Facebook employees snub recession, launch Hadoop startup
Discussion: The Open Road and metarand
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
SanDisk's $20 MP3 player  —  Like many other commentators, I greeted last month's SlotMusic announcement from SanDisk with befuddlement.  I don't understand why a consumer would pay $14.99, which is almost the same price as a CD, for a tiny MicroSD card preloaded with digitally compressed audio.
Mike Nash / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Why 7?  —  There's been a lot of lively discussion since I confirmed yesterday that the official name for the next version of the Window client operating system will be “Windows 7” about how we got to the number “7.”  —  I'll say up front, that there are many ways to count the releases …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Flash Player 10 brings new effects to developers  —  Flash Player 10, the latest version of Adobe's nearly ubiquitous platform for web video and applications, is now available to the general public.  The new features — most of them were already part of the test version released in May …
Allen Tom / Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Yahoo! Releases OpenID Research  —  I'm happy to announce that Yahoo! is releasing the results of a usability study that we did for OpenID.  Our test subjects were several experienced Yahoo! users (representative of our mainstream audience) who were observed as they tried to sign …
Chris Tompkins / Industry Standard:
Steve Jobs: Blu-ray is a “bag of hurt”  —  In a Q&A session after the launch of Apple's new notebooks today, Steve Jobs called Sony's Blu-ray a “bag of hurt” and stated that licensing the standard for Blu-ray hardware and software is currently too complex.  Jobs then remarked that Apple …
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Iomega Offers 1TB of Network Storage for $300  —  StorCenter ix2 comes in 1TB and 2TB ($479) versions and provides a centralized network storage repository for homes or small offices.  “It's ridiculous how cheap these things are, but it is what it is,” says Iomega president Jonathan Huberman.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Deal Creates Largest Ad Network for Internet Radio  —  TargetSpot, an Internet radio advertising network, announced Wednesday that it has acquired Ronning Lipset Radio, an advertising representation firm, to create the largest online radio advertising network.
Discussion: paidContent.org
 
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Marci Alboher / Shifting Careers:
Taking the Social Networking Plunge
Discussion: Web Strategy
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Analysis: netbooks a challenge and opportunity for Linux
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
Matthew Moskovciak / Crave:
Blu-ray recorders coming to U.S. in 2009?
Discussion: Gizmodo and HDGURU.Com
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple snags nearly 10% of US PC market in third quarter
Discussion: Gartner and Bits
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Search Payback: Killing Yahoo, Annoying Google
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
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Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Booyah Raises $4.5 Million from Kleiner Perkins
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent.org
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Nameo: Single-Button Business Card Replacement For The iPhone
Discussion: The Next Web
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