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5:45 PM ET, October 14, 2008

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Apple's “spotlight turns to notebooks” event  —  9:08AM PT - We've got a little less than an hour to go, so we'll just kind of be loitering outside Apple Town Hall, waiting to spot Steve and the unicorn that is his new MacBook Pro.  —  We're at Apple HQ!
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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 …
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?”
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 …
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
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 …
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: Switched
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Hands on with the Macbook/Pro's removable hard drive
Discussion: AppleInsider and Gizmodo
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
New MacBooks Get Glass Trackpad with New Multitouch Gestures, No Buttons
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.
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Amr / Amr Awadallah Blog:
The Startup is Cloudera, the Business is Hadoop MapReduce
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: ZDNet Government and PC Magazine
Fawn Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
Bush Signs Anti-Piracy Bill
Discussion: White House, ReadWriteWeb and Salon
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.
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.
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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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 …
Business Wire:
Intel Posts Record Third-Quarter Revenue of $10.2 Billion  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Intel Corporation today announced record third-quarter revenue of $10.2 billion along with operating income of $3.1 billion, net income of $2 billion and earnings per share (EPS) of 35 cents.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Angel Investor Ron Conway Speaks (About His Wise-Up-Silicon-Valley Missive)  —  Of course, the stock market had to come roaring back and it had to be extra sunny on the very day I was scheduled to have lunch with well-known Silicon Valley investor Ron Conway to talk about the worrisome state of the digital sector.
Discussion: The Drama 2.0 Show
InfoWorld:
Novell buying Managed Objects for BSM  —  Novell has agreed to buy Managed Objects, a McLean, Va., maker of BSM (business service management) software.  Terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were not disclosed.  —  BSM software helps companies map the performance of their IT systems against day-to-day business processes.
Discussion: eWeek
Vishesh Kumar / Wall Street Journal:
Economic Woes Hit HDTV Sales  —  Satellite, Cable Providers Could Suffer as Consumers Scale Back on Pricey Purchases  —  Reeling from a stock-market crash and a looming recession, consumers may finally be putting the brakes on the purchase of pricey luxury items like high-definition televisions.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft survey teases “Oahu”: affordable consumer-version of the Surface computer, hypothetically  —  Would you like your own Microsoft Surface computer but don't own a hotel chain, telephone company, Las Vegas casino, television network or themepark?  If so, you need to sign yourself up for some Microsoft market research.
Discussion: Engadget
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Quicken Online is finally free  —  Intuit has finally dropped the subscription fee on Quicken Online, its Web-based financial software that competes with Mint, Geezeo, Buxfer, and Wesabe.  The company is still selling, as completely separate products, software versions of Quicken.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL - Yahoo Merger NOT A Done Deal, Says Time Warner Source*  —  A source close to AOL told us earlier that Yahoo's acquisition of AOL was a done deal.  However, another senior source at Time Warner emphatically denied this.  We apologize for the head-fake.
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
Yun-Hee Kim / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Plans to Tackle U.S. PC Market  —  HONG KONG — Samsung Electronics Co. is making a foray into the U.S. notebook PC market, taking on established players such as Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Apple Inc.  —  The South Korean company, more well-known in overseas markets …
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cisco's Chambers sees collaboration fueling productivity gains …
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