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9:40 AM ET, March 3, 2009

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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Announces New iMacs, Mac Minis, AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule  —  Apple today announced updates to its iMac and Mac mini desktop lines, including a 24-inch iMac and a Mac mini with new NVIDIA integrated graphics.  For the same $1,499 price as the previous generation 20-inch iMac …
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AppleInsider:
Apple introduces new iMacs with more affordable pricing  —  Apple on Tuesday announced updates to its iMac line of all-in-one desktops, including a 24-inch iMac that is priced the same as the company's previous-generation 20-inch model.  —  The new iMac line starts with the 20-inch iMac …
Discussion: Engadget and Boy Genius Report
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple announces Nehalem based Mac Pro  —  News is just breaking across the wires as we speak, but Apple has announced a new Nehalem based Mac Pro with a starting price of $2,499.  The new systems feature a 2.26GHz or 2.66Ghz Xeon CPU, start with 3GB of memory, a 640GB hard drive, and the NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB of RAM.
Discussion: MacRumors and AppleInsider
Apple:
Apple Updates Consumer Desktop Line  —  24-inch iMac Starts at $1,499  —  Apple® today announced updates to its iMac® and Mac® mini desktop lines, including a 24-inch iMac that is priced more affordably than ever before and a Mac mini with powerful new integrated graphics.
Janette Barrios / Apple:
Apple Introduces New Mac Pro
Discussion: VentureBeat
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
A Sneak Peek Look at Microsoft's New Kumo: A Spidery Cloud?  A Cloudy Spider?  —  Here below are three screenshots of Microsoft's internal test of a new search product called Kumo.  —  The long-expected upgrade to the Live Search product from Microsoft (MSFT) is being tested for a public rollout later this year.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Kumo: Doomed  —  Kara Swisher's Microsoft spies have been good enough to send her the Kumo search memo from Satya Nadella.  Satya asks his comrades to help test Microsoft's new search service, codenamed Kumo (screenshots here).  —  Kara has the full, uninterrupted memo here.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Kumo: Microsoft Tests Search Ideas With Its Own Employees
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Amazon VOD Launches on the Roku  —  After much anticipation, Amazon VOD finally landed on the Roku player this morning, expanding the capabilities of the $99 set-top box beyond Netflix.  Roku owners will have access to Amazon's VOD library of more than 40,000 titles, including the ability …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Video: Jon Stewart explains Twitter (or tries to)  —  Earlier, we posted about Twitter chief executive Evan Williams explaining Twitter to Charlie Rose.  Tonight brings perhaps a better Twitter video explanation, compliments of comedian Jon Stewart.  —  In his Daily Show segment …
Discussion: GigaOM, Soup and Mashable!
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flock Ditching Firefox, Moving To Google Chrome  —  Flock, a social-focused browser startup that has raised nearly $30 million in venture funding, has ceased building on top of the open source Firefox browser, say multiple sources.  The next version of the Flock browser will be built on Google's open source Chrome browser platform.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
White House Denies Shunning YouTube  —  The blogosphere was abuzz on Monday over reports that the White House's official Web site had stopped putting YouTube videos on its pages after privacy advocates raised concerns about the practice.  —  Now the White House is denying that it has changed …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Tragic Last Days of Circuit City  —  Liquidation: It's an ugly word for the ugly process of shutting down a retailer by selling off stuff little by little until there's nothing left that anyone's going to buy at any price.  And my most recent visit to my local branch of the soon …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook and Oodle Launch New Classifieds Product Today  —  Today, Facebook and Oodle will announce the launch of the new classified product which will replace the old Marketplace application.  In contrast to the previous iteration of the application, all classified listings can be posted for free.
Elad Blog:
Twitter is to Facebook as Google was to Yahoo!  —  My friend David King, (former Googler, founder and CEO of Lil Green Patch (# 1 social game on FB) and one of the smartest people I know) came up with an analogy I thought was really interesting to explore.  His basic premise:
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Arrington Back At TechCrunch (For Good?)  —  TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington is back after a month off in Hawaii.  Will he stick around for good?  —  In his post — “Back I Am” — Arrington doesn't specify if he's returning to work full-time or if he's going to take on something new.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Industry Standard
Reid Hoffman / Washington Post:
Let Our Start-Ups Bail Us Out  —  President Obama noted last week that “we have lived through an era where, too often, short-term gains were prized over long-term prosperity.”  As the $787 billion stimulus is sorted out, we should consider not only what's there but also what's missing.
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Eye-Fi Doubles Storage and Adds Video Support  —  Our beloved Eye-Fis (SD cards that add Wi-Fi to any digital camera) have finally gotten the bump from their 2GB standard.  Now Eye-Fi cards hold 4GB of photos and upload videos to YouTube/Flickr. … Essentially, Eye-Fi had a limited edition 4GB card …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Webware.com
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Adobe and Time Warner Partner; HBO Flash Site On the Way  —  Adobe and Time Warner are announcing Tuesday they have formed an online video alliance.  It's unclear exactly what that means, but the two companies say they'll work on finding solutions for issues like digital rights management …
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Mag:
Hands-On with the VIA Nano-Powered Samsung NC20, Coming to U.S. in March  —  Last year Samsung unveiled its 10-inch NC10 netbook, which quickly became one of the most popular netbooks on the market.  Samsung has released its bigger brother, the NC20, featuring a 12.1-inch screen.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Forrester is Wrong About Paying Bloggers  —  Analyst firm Forrester published a report this morning telling corporations that it's a good idea to engage bloggers in “sponsored conversations,” or the exchange of goods or credit in exchange for blog coverage.  The report, titled …
Hindustan Times:
Why Obama can't stop outsourcing  —  The Indian information technology industry has reacted with a mix of hope and caution after President Barack Obama said last week that he will not allow US companies that send jobs away to enjoy his tax breaks.  —  Obama is presumably talking …
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Carly Fiorina has surgery for breast cancer  —  (03-02) 23:01 PST San Francisco — Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, a Republican who has been widely expected to explore a U.S. Senate run against Sen. Barbara Boxer, was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery at Stanford Hospital on Monday, her chief of staff said.
Discussion: Bloomberg, CNET News and The Register
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
TiVo partnerships target cable market  —  TiVo announced two deals Monday that will help the company better target the cable market with its next generation of high-definition digital video recorders.  —  Specifically TiVo said it will work with set-top software maker Alticast to make it easier …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AMD, Nvidia play dueling graphics chip launches  —  AMD and Nvidia each launched graphics chips Tuesday, but the big question is whether consumers will buy them.  Both announcements were timed with the CeBit confab in Hanover, Germany.  —  First, AMD rolled out its ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860 and 4830.
Juha-Pekka Tikka / Xconomy:
The Greatest Internet Pioneers You Never Heard Of: The Story of Erwise and Four Finns Who Showed the Way to the Web Browser  —  Juha-Pekka Tikka wrote:  —  Three quiet and unknown Finnish engineers in their late thirties, Kim Nyberg, Kari Sydänmaanlakka, and Teemu Rantanen …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Down‚ But Not Out  —  At the moment there is no estimate for when the site will return.  The problem can't be fixed remotely we were told.  However, people are on their way to the ‘secret’ location where the Pirate Bay hardware is located to find out what the problem is.
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Eclipse Releases Riena 1.0 Rich Client Platform
Discussion: InfoWorld
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Time To Scrap All Music Industry Licensing Schemes
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New York Times to the Web: Careful With Our Copy!
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Web Video Winners: YouTube, Hulu...and MegaVideo?
Discussion: Contentinople
Gregg Keizer / LinuxWorld.com:
Safari loses, Firefox gains market share
Discussion: Softpedia News, GigaOM and PC Magazine