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4:40 PM ET, February 6, 2010


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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
MacBook Pro Core i7 caught GeekBenching itself  —  If you were excited about the prospect of Core i5 MacBook Pros, which Intel briefly offered up in a contest last month, you are going to be pretty stoked about today's news from MacRumors.  —  Their forum members found a GeekBench scoring done yesterday …
Arn / MacRumors:
Unreleased Core i7 MacBook Pro 6,1 Benchmarked?  Supplies Constrained  —  A Geekbench result posted to their site on February 4th has generated a lot of excitement in our forums.  The report seems to reveal the results for an unreleased Arrandale MacBook Pro running at 2.66GHz.
Discussion: I4U News, Gizmodo and TUAW
SageCircle Blog:
Forrester tells analysts no more personally-branded research blogs with interesting implications for analyst relations  —  Credible reports - since confirmed - are coming into SageCircle that Forrester management has set a new policy that analysts with personally-branded research blogs must …
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
Forrester crimps bloggers: epic E2.0 fail  —  According to Sage Circle, Forrester plans to crimp its analysts from expressing themselves on personal blogs.  I first heard of this (where else?) on Twitter via Jim Holincheck, Gartner Analyst.  From SageCircle:
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Walt Mossberg, David Carr And Michael Arrington Talk iPad With Charlie Rose  —  Charlie Rose had The Wall Street Journal/All Things D's Walt Mossberg, The New York Times' David Carr and our own Michael Arrington on his show Thursday night to talk about the Apple iPad.
David / TmoNews:
HTC HD2 Coming March 24th, Zeppelin Called Cliq XT?  —  While we have no reason to doubt the authenticity of such images, this one comes the way of and a user on their forums.  A few notables here are the launch date of the HTC HD2 on 3/24, Moto Cliq XT (aka Zeppelin) on 3/10 as expected and the Nokia Nuron, on 3/17.
Macmillan Books Return to Amazon After Dispute  —  Electronic and paper books from the publisher Macmillan were returning to Friday evening, ending a week-long public conflict as the parties negotiated over the future price of e-books.  —  Details of the resolution have not been made public …
John C Abell / Epicenter:
Panacea or Poison Pill: Who Gets to Decide About $10 E-Books?
Discussion: GalleyCat and TUAW
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Conan Who?  NBC Disappears “The Tonight Show” From the Web.  —  Remember the whole Conan O'Brien/Jay Leno imbroglio from last month?  Perhaps NBC wishes you didn't.  The GE (GE) unit has removed every episode of the show's seven-month run from its site, as well as Hulu …
Discussion: Gawker and New York Magazine
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Your Comments Are Safe With Us  —  About half an hour ago, a post that was published on the Digital Inspiration blog hit Techmeme.  The title of that post left little to the imagination: it read “TechCrunch Removes Reader Comments From All Older Blog Posts”.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to phase out its enterprise search offerings for Linux and Unix  —  Microsoft is going to be phasing out support for Unix and Linux platforms for its FAST enterprise search products as of their next release (some time after 2010).  —  Microsoft shared that information …
Symbian tablets ‘very likely’, says Foundation chief  —  On Thursday, the Symbian Foundation announced that it had completed the open-sourcing of its mobile operating system — the largest such migration in software history.  —  ZDNet UK spoke to Lee Williams, chief executive of the Symbian Foundation …
FCC worries about iPad bandwidth congestion  —  The iPad could potentially cause serious havoc for US data networks, say people writing on behalf of the Federal Communications Commission.  Updating an official blog, Phil Bellaria, director of scenario planning for the Omnibus Broadband Initiative …
Discussion: LiveScience and MacRumors
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