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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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Phillip Jaenke / Icrontic Tech:
Apple switches to ATI exclusively for iMac  —  Cupertino has spoken, and NVIDIA is no longer the preferred GPU supplier of One Infinite Loop's polished white and aluminum desktops.  Apple's newly introduced 21.5" and 27" iMacs based on the Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors will be the exclusive realm of ATI's Radeon family.
Discussion: Appletell, TUAW and eWeek, Thanks:primesuspect
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Magic Trackpad Signals The End Of The Mouse Era  —  Easily the most interesting thing Apple unveiled today is the new Magic Trackpad.  Essentially, it's a larger version of the trackpads that ship with each MacBook and MacBook Pro.  But it's a stand-alone product, meant to be used with desktop computers.
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.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:   iMac or Mac Pro?
Apple:
Apple Unveils New Mac Pro With Up to 12 Processing Cores
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Develops a Facebook Rival  —  Google Inc. is in talks with several makers of popular online games as it seeks to develop a broader social-networking service that could compete with Facebook Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Google has been in discussions …
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Google Sewage Factory, In Action: The Chocomize Story  —  Google's CEO Eric Schmidt has quite famously been on record many times talking about how the web is full of garbage.  It's a cesspool out there, he's said.  Today, a short fast look at how his own company pollutes the web.
Discussion: Chocomize Blog and CNN
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.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Leaked Facebook Movie Script Paints Zuckerberg as Vindictive and Naive  —  The origin of Facebook, as Mark Zuckerberg now tells it, came out of long talks in his dorm room with his college friends about how to make the world more open.  Given there are records from Zuckerberg's sophomoric blog at the time …
Discussion: Sony Insider, Thanks:atul
Marin Perez / IntoMobile:
37signals buys Apple iPhone app for Campfire; makes it free  —  37signals has purchased the Apple iPhone app Ember and the company has retooled the Campfire-chatting app and made it free.  —  If you've never used Campfire, it's a private chat room that can be used by businesses for collaboration and coordination.
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 …
Royal Pingdom:
The top 20 countries on the Internet, and what the future might bring  —  The world is a big place, but so is the Internet.  We know which countries are the largest in the real world, but what about on the Internet?  —  This article examines which countries are the largest in terms of Internet users …
Evan Selleck / SlashGear:
Amazon Kindle Sold Out: No Estimated Date of Availability  —  To our recollection, this actually hasn't happened in quite some time.  To be exact, in 2008, when it was the original Kindle.  And, even then, Amazon managed to make sure they told customers when the Kindle would be coming back around, or shipping to their doorsteps.
Matt Hamblen / PC World:
AT&T to Be ‘Premier’ Windows Phone 7 Vendor  —  Say all you want about whether Windows Phone 7 (WP7) will succeed, but AT&T continues to back the platform wholeheartedly after endorsing it — and Microsoft 's mobile efforts — repeatedly over the last year.  —  “We'll be the premier carrier …
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Apple Sued Over Claims IPad Tablet Overheats in Sunlight, Warm Conditions  —  Apple Inc., the world's most valuable technology company, was sued over claims its iPad tablet overheats and fails to operate properly in warm conditions.  The complaint, filed July 23 in federal court in Oakland …
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
The Wannabe $19 Billion Facebook Man  —  The man who claims to own 84% of Facebook either stands to make lots of money or lots of trouble.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Paul Ceglia is trying to gain control of the biggest website on the planet.  He's sued Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg …
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Tiger Global Said to Invest in LinkedIn at $2 Billion Valuation  —  Tiger Global Management LLC, a hedge fund founded by Chase Coleman, paid $20 million for a stake in LinkedIn Corp., valuing the professional-networking website at more than $2 billion, said two people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Joi Ito / Joi Ito's Web:
The issue of license proliferation  —  When I was on the ICANN board, we were dealing with the issue of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), an initiative to allow non-latin characters in domain names.  Technically, it was difficult and even more difficult was the consensus process to decide exactly how to do it.
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Privacy Lawsuit Targets Net Giants Over ‘Zombie’ Cookies  —  A wide swath of the net's top websites, including MTV, ESPN, MySpace, Hulu, ABC, NBC and Scribd, were sued in federal court Friday on the grounds they violated federal computer intrusion law by secretly using storage in Adobe's Flash player …
Discussion: jd/adobe and Slashdot
Mike Beltzner / The Mozilla Blog:
New Update to Firefox 4 Beta Available, Now in 23 Languages  —  Guten Tag!  ! Cze!  Olá!  ! Bonjour!  Γεια σας!  Hello!  —  The new update of Firefox 4 Beta is now available in 23 languages for testing and feedback.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Closing In On Acquiring Check-In Service Hot Potato  —  We're hearing from sources close to the deal that Facebook is in late stage negotiations to buy Hot Potato, the social activity service.  The deal is not yet finalized from what we're hearing, but could be at any moment.
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Google Readies Audio Ads For Streaming Music Service
Discussion: Epicenter and CNET News
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
An Order of Seven Global Cyber-Guardians Now Hold Keys to the Internet
Discussion: Guardian, BBC, Gizmodo, Switched and Engadget
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Students trust high Google search rankings too much
Esther Shein / InformationWeek:
Verizon Users Consume Most Smartphone Data
Discussion: mocoNews and Validas
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Stieg Larsson Passes 1 Million Kindle Books Sold
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The Acceleration of Addictiveness
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