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6:15 PM ET, July 27, 2010

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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Apple iMac line gets speedbumped, low-end gets a Core i3  —  It's not as if we haven't heard the rumors building over the last few months, but Apple's long-standing iMac line is seeing its first real update since the Fall of last year on this fine morning.  As predicted, the refreshed iMac line …
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Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Apple's Magic Trackpad Is Here  —  Apple desktops have touchpads now too.  The new Magic Trackpad gives Mac Pro and iMac owners multitouch powers, gestures, and bluetooth connectivity.  —  The Magic Trackpad is basically a larger version of the MacBook Pro touchpad, with 80% more surface area for all your swiping and pinching.
Apple:
Apple Unveils New Mac Pro With Up to 12 Processing Cores  —  Apple® today unveiled a new Mac® Pro line with up to 12 processing cores and up to 50 percent greater performance than the previous generation.  * Featuring the latest quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors …
Apple:
Apple Updates iMac Line  —  Introduces New Multi-Touch Magic Trackpad  —  Apple® today updated its all-in-one iMac® line, widely praised as the world's best desktop computers, with the latest Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors and powerful new graphics.
Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
Dell Streak Update: Where We Are  —  Based on the strength of the number of pre-sales registrations for Dell Streak, we know there's a lot of you out there in the United States and beyond who are excited about the device.  You've made Dell Streak the most successful pre-sale we've ever offered, and we appreciate that.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell Streak retailing for $299 with contract, $549 without; Dell Aero gets launch deets as well  —  So, Dell still won't say when it will actually start selling and shipping the Streak in the US, but it did clear up a bit of confusion.  First off, folks who register with the Streak pre-sale …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Now Taps Into Facebook For Social Product Recommendations  —  It appears that Amazon has rolled out a new social feature integrating Facebook into your recommendations.  If you go your recommendations, Using Facebook Connect, Amazon will now serve you social recommendations based on information in your Facebook profile.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Walt Disney Buys Playdom For Up To $763.2 Million  —  As had been widely expected, Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) is making a big move into social games, with the purchase of social game developer Playdom for up to $763.2 million.  The deal includes a “total consideration” of $563.2 million …
Carl Howe / Yankee Group Blog:
Setting the record straight on iPhone and Android  —  From our July Report “Why iPhones Matter” analyzing Yankee Group's Link Data: 2010 U.S. Survey Suite, Wave 1-3  —  “There's lies, damned lies, and statistics.”  — Mark Twain  —  A number of reports over the weekend surfaced referencing …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
That Story Saying That Only 20% Of Android Owners Will Buy Another …
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Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Forrester: Why Most Marketers Should Forgo Foursquare  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Marketers, hold off on Foursquare — for now.  That's the verdict of Forrester Research on location-based start-ups, which, despite their reputation as the hot new media, are still too small for major marketers.
Peter Nowak / CBC News:
Apple to sell iPhone 4 unlocked in Canada  —  When the iPhone 4 goes on sale in Canada on Friday, it will bring with it something relatively new for Canadian wireless customers — the ability to pit the big three service providers against each other.  —  Apple on Monday said it will sell …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Googzilla!  Yahoo Japan Confirms Google Switch From Yahoo for Both Paid and Algo Search  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  As BoomTown reported earlier today, Yahoo Japan confirmed it would switch its search technology and paid search provider to Google from Yahoo.
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft calls Google-Yahoo search pact in Japan anticompetitive
Discussion: Reuters, paidContent:UK and NEWSFACTOR
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Augen's $150 Android tablet hits Kmart circular, coming to stores later this week  —  We can't say we've heard of Augen before, but the company certainly sparked our interest (and that of Kmart circular readers) this weekend with its $149.99 7-inch Android tablet.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Apple's Official Response To DMCA Jailbreak Exemption: It Voids Your Warranty  —  I just got a call from Apple's PR department to discuss today's historical DMCA exception ruling that makes iPhone jailbreaking legal.  —  Unfortunately, because of the legal issues involved …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
SanDisk: We have the smallest USB flash drive  —  SanDisk on Tuesday unveiled what it calls the smallest USB flash drive in North America.  The drive weighs about the same as a penny and is the size of a paper clip.  —  The device, dubbed the SanDisk Cruzer Blade, is designed to be carried on a key chain or a mobile phone dongle.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Check In While Checking Out: CardStar Adds Foursquare Integration  —  Mobile loyalty card application CardStar is today announcing integration with popular location-based service Foursquare in its newly updated iPhone application, CardStar 3.0.  Now, as CardStar users present their mobile phones …
Amazon.com:
Stieg Larsson Passes 1 Million Kindle Books Sold  —  Larsson is the first author to join the new “Kindle Million Club”  —  Amazon.com, Inc., (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that Stieg Larsson, author of the internationally bestselling Millennium Trilogy, has become the first author to sell …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Switched, Reuters and Engadget
The Ask.com Blog:
The New Ask.com is Here: What's Your Question?  —  Back in November, Doug Leeds, President of Ask.com, shared this post providing a glimpse into the future of Ask.com.  At the risk of sounding like a bad sci-fi movie, we're excited to say the future starts now.
Paul Graham:
The Acceleration of Addictiveness  —  What hard liquor, cigarettes, heroin, and crack have in common is that they're all more concentrated forms of less addictive predecessors.  Most if not all the things we describe as addictive are.  And the scary thing is, the process that created them is accelerating.
Discussion: Kindle Review, Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel demos silicon photonics chips to transfer an HD movie in 1 second  —  Intel announced today that it has created a breakthrough data-transfer technology in its labs, using a combination of silicon chips and lasers to transfer data over a fiber optic cable at a speed of 50 gigabits per second.
 
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