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5:25 PM ET, October 4, 2009

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple ads hint at thinner iMacs, lighter MacBooks, cheaper Mac minis [u]  —  First on AppleInsider: A trio of online advertisements that appear to have been published prematurely by one of Apple's international online stores suggest it's only a matter of days before the Mac maker takes …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Ixnay on the Blu-ray  —  My updated if-I-were-a-betting-man wagers for upcoming Apple hardware announcements: all-new iMacs, all-new low-end (plastic) MacBook, new keyboard and mouse, speed-bump/price-cut Mac Mini update.  Scratch that previous bet on Blu-ray in the iMacs, though …
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Craig A. Hunter / hunter.pairsite.com:
On Palm, Competition, and iTunes Sync  —  Back when the Pre was announced, a frequent conversation topic among developers was “competition” — as in, it would be great to have some healthy competition against the iPhone.  At the time, the Pre looked promising, and seemed to be the first viable competitor …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Palm Ignores USB Group's Warning, Restores iTunes Sync  —  Oh, it's really on now.  This morning Palm announced webOS 1.2.1 another point release to its new webOS platform that restores media synchronization with the latest version, 9.0.1, of iTunes.  Moreover, the company has gone …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Will Books Be Napsterized?  —  YOU can buy “The Lost Symbol,” by Dan Brown, as an e-book for $9.99 at Amazon.com.  —  Or you can don a pirate's cap and snatch a free copy from another online user at RapidShare, Megaupload, Hotfile and other file-storage sites.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T Pure now on sale — with Windows Mobile 6.5  —  Well hey, look at that — AT&T's riff on the HTC Touch Diamond2, the Pure, has quietly gone on sale, meaning Windows Mobile 6.5 just hit the world a couple days early.  The glory won't last long, though: the nicer Imagio is hitting Verizon on the 6th, and the Leo's looming.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The model of the new media model  —  Leo Laporte, creator of This Week in Tech and the TWiT network of podcasts, spoke before the Online News Association this week and presented the very model of the new media company: small, highly targeted, serving a highly engaged public, and profitable.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google Wave's unproductive email metaphors  —  OK, I took a few hours off from playing with Google Wave yesterday.  I read all my comments on the post I wrote Thursday about Google Wave, many of which were very ascerbic toward me.  —  I took the day off and said “what if they are right?” …
Discussion: Mashable!, TechCrunch and DailyFinance, Thanks:sampad
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's Time To Hide The Noise  —  A few days ago, Seesmic CEO Loic Le Meur (@Loic) sent out a retweet with a link to a screenshot of his CTO's Seesmic Web client showing 1,200 Tweets across nearly 20 columns.  The joke was that his CTO was trying to achieve a “world record” …
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Messages with Enhanced Content  —  Gmail added a feature that lets you interact with the messages sent by some companies without opening a new page.  It's called “sponsored mail with enhanced content” and here's the description: … One of these partners is Netflix.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Googling Google
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Why Tech Mergers May End Up Hurting the Web  —  Suddenly, it's mating season in the tech sector.  Xerox is paying $6.4 billion for a piece of the cloud, Adobe is hooking up with Omniture and Intuit with Mint, and that may just be the start.  As Om pointed out, this is good news for startups …
Discussion: Master of 500 Hats, Thanks:atul
Justin / TweetMiner Blog:
Dear Twitter.  I Want To Share My Revenue With You.  —  I'm building http://tweetminer.net and - although I'll always have a free plan - it won't be very long before I introduce premium subscription plans at around $5 - $10 per month.  —  I may get 1 paying subscriber - I may get 10,000 paying subscribers - who knows?
 
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