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6:35 AM ET, October 15, 2008

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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.”
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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 …
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 …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel comments on chips in new MacBook, Nvidia win
Discussion: Engadget and Infinite Loop
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Answers about the new buttonless MacBook trackpad
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
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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Christopher Blizzard / Web Tech Blog:
Firefox 3.1 beta 1 - an overview of features for web developers
Discussion: Ajaxian and Mozilla Links
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3.1 beta 1 officially released
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 …
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.
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide PC Market Grew 15 Percent in Third Quarter of 2008 on Strength of Mini-Notebook Shipments; Industry Feeling the Impact of the Economic Crunch  —  Acer Moves Past HP for Top Position in EMEA Market  —  Worldwide PC shipments reached 80.6 million units in the third quarter of 2008 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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WildCowboy / MacRumors:   Apple's U.S. Market Share Approaches 10%
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple snags nearly 10% of US PC market in third quarter
Discussion: Bits
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
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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
 
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Query Growth Strong In September, But Spending Trends Ominous
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Jive Software Lays Off 1/3 Of Staff
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Analysis: netbooks a challenge and opportunity for Linux
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