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4:55 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 …
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.”
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
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel comments on chips in new MacBook, Nvidia win
Discussion: Engadget, AppleInsider and Gizmodo
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
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 …
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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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Christopher Blizzard / Web Tech Blog:
Firefox 3.1 beta 1 - an overview of features for web developers
Discussion: Mozilla Links and Ajaxian
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3.1 beta 1 officially released
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.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple 24-inch Cinema Display hands-on  —  Sure it may not look like much, but we're confident there's more than a few cats and kittens out there who want to get their hands on Apple's new 24-inch superstar.  As usual, the screen looks painfully crisp.  Check the gallery below for a number of views!
Discussion: Valleywag, Gizmodo and MacRumors
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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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
EffectiveUI launches 360-degree video apps for training and games  —  Users soundly rejected so-called 360 degree technology in the 1980s when it first appeared in the form of data gloves and head-mounted displays.  But now the technology has taken a big leap forward and two companies are launching it anew.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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