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9:35 PM ET, April 13, 2010

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Apple:
Apple Updates MacBook Pro Line  —  Faster Processors, Next-Generation Graphics & Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life  —  Apple® today updated the MacBook® Pro line with faster processors, powerful next-generation NVIDIA graphics and even longer battery life.
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
New MacBook Pros support audio over Mini DisplayPort  —  Those hooking up the latest MacBook Pros to an HDTV using an HDMI adapter can now do so a little more easily: Apple has updated its implementation of Mini DisplayPort to pass audio signals through to any device that supports them.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
MacBook Pro 15-inch Core i7 Benchmarked: It's So Fast  —  The new 17 and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Core i5/i7 processors are fast.  Fast.  Overall I'd say they're about 50% faster than the last gen Core 2 Duos, which is about the same bump the iMacs got with Core i7.
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors and DVICE
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Nvidia says new MacBook Pro graphics switching isn't Optimus  —  The automatic graphic switching capabilities in the new 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros are accomplished with a solution created entirely by Apple, and do not rely on Nvidia's established Optimus technology.
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple snubs Blu-ray in new MacBook Pro line
Discussion: Engadget and Macworld
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Hello World  —  Although our services extend beyond the Web, Twitter ranks as one of the most popular sites on the Internet.  Over the years, we've resisted introducing a traditional Web advertising model because we wanted to optimize for value before profit.
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Twitter's Costolo: Promoted Tweets And The Importance Of ‘Resonance’  —  With Twitter's big announcement of how it plans to make money with Promoted Tweets out of the way, the micro-blogging service's COO Dick Costolo took the stage at the Ad Age Digital Conference to sell the idea.
Discussion: AdAge and broadstuff
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Twitter Unveils Plans to Draw Money From Ads
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Adobe Prepping Lawsuit Against Apple  —  This whole Apple/Adobe spat is about to get a lot uglier, according to IT World.  Their sources say Adobe is prepping for a major lawsuit against Apple in the coming weeks.  The updated SDK that was released with the iPhone 4. dev kit seems …
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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Studying Whether to Have Own Smartphone Software  —  HTC Corp., Taiwan's largest mobile- phone maker, is studying whether to equip phones with its own operating system, a move that may intensify competition with Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp.  —  “We continue to assess …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Currently Testing New “Questions” Product  —  Some users have begun reporting seeing a new “Questions” product within their homepage, something oddly similar to Quora, a product developed by ex-Facebook employees that also recently raised funding at an $86 million valuation.
Discussion: Internet2Go, Screenwerk and Pocket-lint
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
What's the Deal With Facebook's Q&A Competitor?  Blake Ross Answers on Quora
Discussion: All Facebook and paidContent
Ethan Smith / Digits:
ABC Sees Success in iPad App  —  ABC is the only television network so far to offer an application for watching its shows free—with ads—on Apple Inc.'s new iPad tablet computer, and it says its business model is proving fruitful. … The network said that in the 10 days since the iPad's debut …
PR Newswire:
Twelve Major Broadcast Groups to Form Joint Venture to Develop National Mobile Content Service  —  Belo Corp., Cox Media Group, E.W. Scripps Co., Fox, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television Inc., ION Television, Media General Inc., Meredith Corp., NBC, Post-Newsweek Stations Inc …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Spreads Across The Web, Launches Official Share Buttons  —  You may remember that soon after Google Buzz launched, our crack developer Andy Brett made the Internet's first Google Buzz Button, which you could use to share our stories to the new service.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Google Tablet Could Be Good News for Adobe  —  As Ashlee Vance and I report in a Monday article, Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Microsoft and a suite of other companies are hard at work on products that they hope will be iPad killers.  —  Apple will likely swat at most of these companies …
bit.ly blog:
bit.ly 1.3  —  We are on our way to Chirp and we are excited to meet many new and emerging companies and discuss bit.ly and the bit.ly API.  Since the day we founded bit.ly, we've aimed to provide a simple service that does a few things very well — we believe the world of social distribution …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
HTC Incredible specs  —  One of our Verizon connects just came through for us in a huge way by passing along the entire spec list for the fast approaching HTC Incredible.  There's not a whole lot for us to say with this one so we'll let the specs do the talking, but damn can we not wait to finally get our hands on this phone.
Alastair Tse / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Mobile App for iPad now available in the App Store  —  We're pleased to announce that a new iPad-friendly version of Google Mobile App is now available in the App Store worldwide.  By “iPad-friendly”, we mean that this new version has been designed to show neatly on the iPad's screen …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Welcome To Steve Jobs' Dark Side  —  Steve Jobs seduced New York's media moguls all too easily, convincing them his iPad would magically keep them in business — and in chauffeured limos.  But nothing easy comes free, and the publishers' digital debt is now due.
Discussion: TechFlash and Beyond Search
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Groupon Raises Huge New Round at $1.2 Billion Valuation  —  Fast growing Groupon, fresh off a $30 million round of financing that valued the company at around $250 million, is back raising new money.  They have closed or are in the process of closing new venture money at a $1.2 billion valuation …
Discussion: Local Onliner and PE Hub Blog
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Microsoft Kin notifications have up to fifteen minute delay  —  Microsoft's new Kin phones promise to let “Generation Upload” stay in touch with their friends via integrated, streamlined social networking.  It's the main draw, the big selling point, the reason why teens …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft downplays Infosys IT outsourcing deal  —  It feels as though Microsoft execs may have been caught more than a bit off-guard by an announcement from Infosys on April 13, which was headlined “Infosys Technologies to Manage Microsoft's Internal IT Services.”
PC World:
Intel Puts Google's Android on Atom Smartphones  —  Intel has ported Google's Android mobile operating system to smartphones based on its Atom microprocessors, an Intel executive said Tuesday.  —  Intel already has Android running on Atom-based smartphones and certain customers are interested in using it …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
MyLikes Raises $630,000 Seed Round, All From Ex-Googlers  —  Social marketing is just starting to bubble up and everybody wants in.  But only ex-Googlers needed to apply to invest in MyLikes, a social marketing ad network which just raised a $630,000 seed round.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
US government finally admits most piracy estimates are bogus  —  We've all seen the studies trumpeting massive losses to the US economy from piracy.  One famous figure, used literally for decades by rightsholders and the government, said that 750,000 jobs and up to $250 billion a year …
Discussion: Techdirt and CNET News
 
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Spring Design's Android-based Alex e-reader ships tomorrow
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Tough love: Gawker finds making it harder for comments to be seen …
Discussion: TidBITS, Thanks:atul
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Qualcomm to let phones record mobile TV shows
Discussion: PR Newswire and Tech Trader Daily
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Skype and colleagues to FCC: Declare yourself fit to regulate the net
Discussion: internetnews.com and Slate
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
NetVibes Launches A Realtime Tracking Platform With Instant Dashboards
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Eric Schmidt Is the Nicest Guy in Tech
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Estimate: 800,000 U.S. Households Abandoned Their TVs For The Web
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Chris Kouba / netnewscheck.com:
Borrell: Local Mobile Ads To Double This Year
 Earlier Items: 
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Samsung follows LG Display to supply panels used in iPad, say Taiwan makers
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Paid Search Grows 11%; Bing Up 21.6%!
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft's Silverlight 4 available Thursday
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear:
RipCode allows iPad to play Flash video
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