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10:55 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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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 and Gearlog
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: RyanSpoon.com and The Apple Blog
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: AppleInsider, Switched and Gizmodo
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 …
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 .
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 …
Jason Snell / Macworld:
First Look: MacBook and MacBook Pro
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
MacBook Pro requires logout to switch graphics modes
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and CrunchGear
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Apple's “spotlight turns to notebooks” event
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 Webware.com
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
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.
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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
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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 …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
First New York Times API is Live - Here's Why it Matters
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
Oracle:
Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory - October 2008  —  A Critical Patch Update is a collection of patches for multiple security vulnerabilities.  It also includes non-security fixes that are required (because of interdependencies) by those security patches.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-058 - Critical
Discussion: PC World and Spyware Sucks
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Apple 2.0
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.
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
 
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Allen Tom / Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Yahoo! Releases OpenID Research
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple snags nearly 10% of US PC market in third quarter
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Quicken Online is finally free
Discussion: Fast Company and Lifehacker
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bush's New Copyright Czar Is Going To Do About As Much Good As His Drug Czar
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cisco's Chambers sees collaboration fueling productivity gains …
Discussion: eWeek
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Microsoft undercuts Wii value with $20 Xbox 360 HDD promo
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AOL - Yahoo Merger NOT A Done Deal, Says Time Warner Source*
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