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7:35 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 …
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 …
Craig A. Hunter /
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 …
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 …
Dave / Master of 500 Hats:
Gordon Gekko 2.0: Flipping is GOOD.  (aka Memo to Jason Fried: Sorry, You're F**king Wrong.)  —  [disclosure: the views expressed below are my own, and do not in any way represent the official position or perspective of either or Founders Fund... so please f**k off.]  —  Dear Jason Fried:
Discussion: Why does everything suck?, Thanks:atul
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  —  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.
Boy Genius Report:
Best Buy Mobile's Holiday Playbook: Upcoming Android launches, BlackBerry devices, Nokia Booklet  —  We were lucky enough to get our hands on Best Buy Mobile's entire Holiday Playbook and after combing through it, there's a couple little nice nuggets of information.
Andrew Alexander / Washington Post:
Print-Era Shackles for a Twitter World?  —  A newspaper typically gets applause when it tightens its ethics policies.  But there were some loud boos when The Post recently implemented newsroom guidelines governing the use of social media.  —  The guidelines cover popular social networks …
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! and TechCrunch, Thanks:sampad
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.
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
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