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10:40 AM ET, October 14, 2008


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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Mr. Blurrycam reveals the updated MacBook Pro, $899 laptop model shows up in Apple inventory systems (Updated)  —  Well, maybe — we're not calling it official until Steve pulls the cloth off himself tomorrow morning .  Still, there's no denying the similarities between this image …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Contains Spoilers  —  Engadget just posted the first real picture and accurate description I've seen in public of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro, set to be announced later today.  It's the real deal.  Major visible changes from the previous MacBook Pros:  — A new iMac-style black border around the display.
New photo reveals MacBook Pro, new display also expected [Updated x4]  —  A new photo showing a fully assembled next-generation 15-inch MacBook Pro with a black display bezel has surfaced, which AppleInsider can confirm is legitimate.  Separately, Apple is believed to be readying a new breed …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's New $899 Product is an LED Display and Not a MacBook?  [Update]
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
MacBook rumors confirmed, debunked and educated guesses
Discussion: Technologizer
Mike Nash / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Introducing Windows 7  —  Hi there, Mike Nash here.  —  For me, one of the most exciting times in the release of a new product is right before we show it to the world for the first time.  And that time is right now.  —  In a few weeks we are going to be talking about the details of this release at the PDC and at WinHEC.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Free links to your site  —  I can't believe a new feature from Google isn't getting more notice, because it converts already-existing links to your site into much higher quality links, for free.  The Google webmaster blog just announced that you can find the pages that link to 404 pages on your site.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
John R. Wilke / Wall Street Journal:
Google, Yahoo Seek to Avoid Antitrust Suit Over Ad Deal  —  Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. are in talks with the Justice Department in an effort to head off an antitrust challenge to their proposed advertising agreement.  —  The settlement negotiations are at an early stage and it isn't clear whether …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will A Volume Cap Make The Yahoo/Google Deal Work?
Discussion: WebProNews
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Report: Justice Dept. talking with Yahoo, Google
Discussion: The Register
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Confirmed: Obama Is Campaigning on Xbox 360!  —  Last week we noted unconfirmed sightings of an “Obama for President” billboard in the Xbox 360 racing game Burnout Paradise.  Today we're able to report that it is, in fact, an official advertisement placed by the senator's campaign team.
Dan Farber /
Start-up developing new Web interaction paradigm  —  In the midst of the financial meltdown and a contentious upcoming election, you might think the U.S. government and taxpayers are just funding wars, bank bailouts, and bridges to nowhere or somewhere.  But this is the same government …
Discussion: Mashable!
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Shadowy government project spins off Siri to help direct your affairs
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mint Leaves Beta, Brings A Bunch Of New Features With It  —  Mint, the personal finance startup that won last year's TechCrunch 40, has launched a host of new features including investment tracking, 401k managment, and more flexible budget sheets.  CEO Aaron Patzer says that the new features finally …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
More Competition For Steve Jobs: Samsung Entering US PC Market  —  This is timed nicely to today's Apple event — news that Samsung is entering the American PC market.  Samsung's PCs are big in South Korea (duh) but not really anywhere else, so it would be easy to discount their chances …
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
We're Coming to America: Samsung (Finally!)  Enters U.S. Notebook Market
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Top Digger helps launch Tip'd, a Digg clone for financial news  —  Tip'd, which launched today, describes itself as “a place for investors... to meet, share, discuss, comment, and vote on what's happening on both Wall Street and Main Street.”  Essentially, it's another Digg clone targeting a particular vertical.
Discussion: Industry Standard
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 …
Discussion: DSLreports
Rafe Needleman /
Kongregate: Where the boys are  —  Kongregate is an anomaly in the casual gaming business.  Where many Flash game sites feature card games and are frequented by a diverse population with a good percentage of women, Kongregate has hardly any solitaire-like games and has demographic of about 90 percent men and boys.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Wi-Fi Gets a Boost With Quantenna Chips  —  If you're like me and believe that Wi-Fi is going to rule the home networking environment, then a means to ensure reliable and fast Wi-Fi connectivity to all corners of the home becomes essential.  That's where chipsets from Quantenna Communications …
Discussion: DSLreports and Gizmodo
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
BillShrink Grows By $8 Million With Plans To Expand To New Markets  —  BillShrink, a startup that aims to help users save money across a variety of vertical markets, has closed an $8 million Series B funding round led by Trinity Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners.
Discussion: and Mashable!
BlackBerry Storm Mobile Phone Reviews:
Video Of The BlackBerry Storm 9500 Mobile Phone In Action  —  We have another exclusive video of the new BlackBerry Storm 9500 mobile phone!  The video shows us the best views yet of key features in action such as web browsing, camera , email, instant messaging, GPS maps, video and even a glimpse of the Vodafone music store.
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
Huge Ad on WSJ for Blackberry Storm
Discussion: IntoMobile
Staci D. Kramer /
Joost Launches Flash Version For Browsers: Easier But No Hulu  —  Online video site Joost is finally, officially easier to use.  The Flash-based, download-free version for browsers can be accessed now but the full-featured version is supposed to launch at midnight.
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Egan Orion / Inquirer:
Eee box virus triggers recall in Japan
Discussion:, Gizmodo and Engadget
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Microsoft Chats Up Office Communications Server 2007 R2
Discussion: InfoWorld
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Lending Club Exits SEC Quiet Period; Resumes Loan Originations
Discussion: Economix
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Mini Monitor Needs Only USB
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Company gives computers to its employees — for keeps
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Discussion: MacUser and The Tech Report
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Memories Of Gizmodogate: CES Names Engadget As Official Blog Partner
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Meebo announces more partners for its new white-label IM service
Google Blocks Chrome Browser Use in Syria, Iran
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An Elephant Backs Up Google's Library