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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.
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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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple refreshes desktop lineup: Is the Mac mini irrelevant?  —  Apple on Tuesday outlined a refresh of its iMac, Mac Pro and Mac mini lineups and the headliners are the Intel Nehalem-based Mac Pro and the iMac 24-inch update.  However, perusing the updates you have to wonder if the Mac mini is irrelevant.
Janette Barrios / Apple:
Apple Introduces New Mac Pro  —  Features Intel “Nehalem” Xeon Processors & High-Performance Graphics  —  Apple® today introduced the new Mac® Pro using Intel “Nehalem” Xeon processors and a next-generation system architecture to deliver up to twice the performance of the previous generation system.
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple releases trio of long-awaited desktops
Discussion: The Apple Core, Crave, Macworld and BetaNews
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Planning Ad-Supported Model For Office 14  —  An ad-supported Microsoft Office 14?  —  That's what Microsoft Business Division Chief Stephen Elop said was coming at a presentation to analysts at the Morgan Stanley Technology conference today.  —  It's an anti-piracy initiative.
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft: You Can Absolutely Run Office 14 On Windows XP
Discussion: Softpedia News
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Apple Layoffs Today?  —  One tipster tells us there are “major layoffs” at Apple.  Another writes that “all sales teams have mandatory meetings today” and that “HR booked conference rooms in Cupertino.”  Is Apple cutting salespeople loose?  —  If so, then Apple's latest product announcements seem …
Brad / Liliputing:
Asus launches Eee PC 1008HA ultra-thin netbook  —  Asus officially launched the Eee PC 1008HA at CeBIT today.  The netbook is just 1 inch thick and weighs 2.4 pounds, which is pretty light by Asus 10 inch netbook standards.  —  The mini-laptop, formerly known as the Eee PC Shell almost looks …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft responds to Grassley, defends its use of H-1B workers  —  In a letter made public today, Microsoft responded to questions raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley over the company's continued employment of foreign guest workers amid its layoffs.  The company defended its actions …
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0
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Mscorp / Microsoft On The Issues:
Microsoft Responds to Senator Grassley
Discussion: Coop's Corner
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Final Day of The Pirate Bay Trial  —  As The Pirate Bay returns after being offline all night, the lawyers of defendants Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Swartholm, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström present their closing statements to the court.  —  Apparently, Fredrik (TiAMO) got the site back up from inside the courtroom.
Discussion: The Register and p2pnet
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Pirate Bay: a guilty verdict is an attack on the Internet
Discussion: The Register and Slyck
Seth Rosenblatt / Download.com editors:
Skype announces voice-to-text messaging  —  VoIP provider Skype plans to announce Tuesday that it will be working with SpinVox to provide its users with voice-to-SMS messaging in four languages.  —  This adds another option to Skype's messaging notifications for both Windows and Mac …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo's Bartz: Search data critical to us; I use Google Maps  —  Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz on Tuesday gave no indication that the company was going to punt on the search business.  She said the data the search business provides is “extremely important” to Yahoo and is information the company has to have.
Discussion: Digits, Tech Beat and Tech Trader Daily
Paul Graham:
Why TV Lost  —  About twenty years ago people noticed computers and TV were on a collision course and started to speculate about what they'd produce when they converged.  We now know the answer: computers.  It's clear now that even by using the word “convergence” we were giving TV too much credit.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Suit over $5K netbook 3G data bill; AT&T says “read the TOS”  —  Oklahoma resident Billie Parks signed up for RadioShack's $100 netbook deal, but didn't think committing to a two-year AT&T data contract would leave her with a $5,000 bill for her first month of service.
Discussion: InformationWeek and The Toybox
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 …
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Bad Year For Bonuses?  Not For Google Execs  —  Bonuses on Wall Street may be getting slashed, but executives at plenty of other big companies are still getting their year-end payouts—even if, unlike in recent years, they aren't quite enough to buy that Napa winery or mansion in the Hamptons.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inchers get quiet CPU spec bump  —  While poring over the metric ton of PR this morning, we didn't immediately notice that Apple has turned up the juice ever-so-slightly on MacBook Pro 15-inch models.  Instead of coughing up a CPU bump from 2.4GHz to 2.53GHz …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Gizmodo and Obsessable
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Socialtext Adds Twitter-like “Signals” And a Desktop AIR App  —  In yet another sign that this will be the year of the activity stream, Socialtext is adding a Twitter-like message stream to its enterprise wiki/workspace service, The new feature is called Socialtext Signals …
Joe Fay / The Register:
Asus keyboard PC due May.  Or maybe June  —  Asus' Eee PC Keyboard could appear as early as May the firm's bosses confirmed at CeBit today.  —  Company chairman Jonney Shih said the firm was shooting for a Q2 launch for the the device, which incorporates a fully fledged PC and touchpad into a standard five-inch deep keyboard.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Broadcasters sue FCC over white space broadband decision  —  The National Association of Broadcasters has asked a Federal court to shut down the FCC's authorization of white space devices.  No details yet on why exactly NAB thinks the decision was illegal.  —  They've called “white space” …
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Khosla Ventures Goes Retro for New Blood  —  Pierre Lamond, a Silicon Valley veteran, was planning to retire from Sequoia Capital this year.  Instead, the 78-year-old has decided to join Khosla Ventures, the venture firm founded by Vinod Khosla.  —  “I was really looking at phasing out …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Forbes and Digits
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 …
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Pumps More Funding Into Search Marketing Startup Kenshoo  —  Israel-based search engine marketing (SEM) automator Kenshoo has received another capital injection from its existing backers Sequoia Capital and Arts Alliance.  —  As with the Series A round, this second round …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Phone Arena:
Sprint to pay $125 for referrals  —  Business is so cutthroat among cellular carriers, that we hear that Sprint now offers a plan that will pay $125 for each referral.  Now before you get excited and start wearing a sandwich board at the mall, there are conditions and rules that apply.
 
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Google:
Google Analytics Launches Individual Qualification Program
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Watch, Thanks:blogfisher
Reinhardt Krause / Investor's Business Daily:
AT&T Sells Netbooks Like It Sells iPhones, With Upfront Subsidy
Discussion: DSLreports, mocoNews and FierceWireless
Michael V. Copeland / Fortune:
The end of paper?  —  Someday you may be reading your newspaper …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Hands-on with MSI's X-Slim X320, X340 and GT725 laptops
Discussion: Softpedia News
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Gigabyte Touch Note M1028 hits CeBIT 2009
Discussion: Liliputing and GottaBeMobile.com
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK & Europe:
Rob Williams of Dolphin Music dies in Alps skiing accident
Discussion: TechCrunch and Google Maps Mania
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
LG's Weapon: Netbooks
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