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6:25 PM ET, February 23, 2011

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Arn / MacRumors:
13-Inch MacBook Pro Specs, Photos, Light Peak Known As Thunderbolt?  [Confirmed]  —  Fscklog posts a photo of what is believed to be from the box of the new 13" MacBook Pro that Apple is planning to release on Thursday.  Amongst the features, the name of Apple's Light Peak implementation: Thunderbolt.
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Apple's Macs Bid iSight Goodbye, Welcome FaceTime HD (And Low-Def FaceTime)  —  Leaked packaging from Apple's new MacBook Pro computers confirms a change that has been a long time in coming: Apple is officially changing the names of its built-in Mac cameras from “iSight” to “FaceTime,” …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple announces iPad 2 event for March 2  —  Apple on Wednesday sent an invitation to media inviting them to a special event on March 2 in San Francisco, Calif.  —  According to the invitation received by The Loop, the event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10:00 am.
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
iPad 2 could be in short supply at launch
Discussion: DigiTimes
Bloomberg:
Apple Investors Pass Measure for Bigger Say in Board Vote  —  Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. investors, gathered today at an annual meeting, passed a measure that gives them more say over which directors get elected, while rejecting another that would force management to disclose executive succession plans.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple shareholders reject succession proposal  —  Steve Jobs skipped the meeting.  COO Tim Cook — his heir apparent — presided.  —  Apple headquarters  —  Apple's (AAPL) shareholder meeting got off to a slow start as latecomers filled the company's Town Hall auditorium nearly to capacity.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Daily's Apple-Only Days Are Numbered: Android Coming This Spring  —  Rupert Murdoch leaned heavily on Apple to launch the Daily, and for now the iPad is the only place you can read News Corp.'s new digital newspaper.  —  But that exclusivity will end in a few months …
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Andy Baio / Waxy.org:   How I Indexed The Daily  —  For the last three weeks, I've indexed The Daily.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Clayman: The Daily's Free Trial Run Will Continue
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Everything that can go wrong with Windows Phone 7 update does  —  It's amazing.  Given the importance that Microsoft's smartphone platform should have—not to mention the uphill struggle it faces against the iPhone and Android juggernauts—one would have thought that the company would make sure …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Crush-Stalking App Breakup Notifier Amasses Over 3.6M Users, Is Shut Down By Facebook  —  Just Monday we were writing about Breakup Notifier, a Facebook app that raked in more than 100,000 users in less than 24 hours and as of 5 hours ago had a more than modest 3,673,484 users in its database ... And then poof!
New York Magazine:
SEC Decides It Might Be a Good Idea to Investigate How Facebook and Twitter Are Trading Shares  —  We're not sure what exactly prompted the SEC toward investigating secondary markets, which allow private companies like Facebook and Twitter to buy and sell shares without revealing any significant financial information.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Exclusive: Apple Halves Minimum iAd Buy  —  Apple set the bar high for its debut in the mobile advertising business, demanding a minimum spend of $1 million from advertisers looking to hawk their wares from its iAd platform.  —  It was a daunting premium for a nascent system, and one that limited its appeal to big-name companies.
@chuckdude:
Why Amazon Isn't Worried About Apple's In-App Purchasing Rules  —  With Apple's recent changes to the rules for In-App Purchasing, a lot of people have been wondering how this might affect the Kindle app for iOS.  If you're currently using the Kindle app on the iPhone or iPad …
Discussion: TUAW and MacStories
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:   Apple's new subscription policy could cost Amazon $80-$160 million per year
Sahas Katta / Skatter Tech:
How My Smart Phone Got Me Out Of A Speeding Ticket In Traffic Court  —  Last year a traffic cop pulled me over while driving home and handed me a speeding ticket.  Although nervous and somewhat startled since it was my first time getting caught, I ended up walking out of traffic court …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Judge: Ex-Microsoft GM can't work in his new Salesforce job  —  A former Microsoft general manager's new job as a senior vice president at Salesforce.com “appears to be a direct violation of his non-compete agreement” with the Redmond company, a King County Superior Court judge said from the bench …
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Spotify close to Universal deal, may launch without Warner  —  (Reuters) - Spotify, the popular European digital music service is “a few weeks away” from inking a deal for U.S. rights to songs from the world's largest music company Universal Music Group, according to people familiar with the talks.
Discussion: Electronista
Marc Graser / Variety:
Southwest Airlines partners with Apple's iTunes  —  Southwest Airlines partners with Apple's iTunes  —  Southwest Airlines may not have video screens built into the backs of its airplane seats, but that doesn't mean the carrier can't offer its passengers inflight entertainment — and turn it into a new revenue stream.
Discussion: CrunchGear, 9 to 5 Mac and iClarified
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sprint renames the HTC 7 Pro the Arrive, launching it tomorrow  —  Punch sprint.com/arrive into your address bar and the above is what you shall find.  Not a generic error marker but a URL-specific “coming soon” message that would seem to confirm the existence and indeed near-future arrival of the HTC Arrive.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
An Apple Patent Gives us a Peek at Photo Booth for iOS Devices +  —  On January 12, 2011, BGR reported that a source had revealed to them that Apple's Photo Booth was coming to the iPad.  The very next day 9 to 5 Mac added to this news by stating that they had discovered two new iOS 4.3 frameworks …
Discussion: App Advice and MacStories
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Zynga The Most Profitable Company Ever?  —  Zynga's made a $400 million profit on $850 million revenues in 2010, reports the WSJ.  —  If that's true, that's an astounding 47% profit margin.  —  47%!  —  By way of comparison, Google's profit margin is is 29% and Apple's is 28% …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
New Final Cut Pro Is Real, And It's Spectacular (And It's Expected Spring 2011)  —  Because it seems like it's Apple rumor day I'd thought I'd throw my (very small) hat in the ring.  More than a year has passed since Final Cut Pro's last release and we've seen two reported Steve Jobs emails talking …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
StackOverflow's Careers 2.0 Leverages Q&A To Get Programmers Hired  —  StackOverflow co-founders Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood know their audience.  The Q&A site popular with programmers is today launching its Careers 2.0 effort at careers.stackoverflow.com, unveiling a complete revamp of the “dinky careers site” that was there before.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Sleeping OS X Lion Stirs  —  The iPad 2 nears!  An iPad 3 is on the horizon! iPhone 5 is coming!  Maybe an iPhone nano!  New MacBook Pros!  New iMacs!  Maybe even an Apple television!  Of all the Apple rumors out there right now, there's a odd lack of talk about something we know is coming — and soon: OS X Lion.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Like Windows Phone 7, Bing Gets “Live Tiles” Too  —  Microsoft's Bing search engine now includes tiles on its results pages which show dynamically updated visual cues and other information from partner websites.  Included at launch are IMDb, Yahoo Movies, Rotten Tomatoes, OpenTable, Yelp …
 
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Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google Launches Apps Certification Program for IT Pros
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Twitter Co-Founder Pushes New Effort to Use Technology for Social Good
George Monbiot / Guardian:
The need to protect the internet from ‘astroturfing’ grows ever more urgent
Discussion: TechEye
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Google Belgian Copyright Appeal May Decide Search Engines' Fate in Europe
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Kunal / Samsung Hub:
Samsung to unveil 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab next month?
Mark McDonald / New York Times:
Home Internet May Get Even Faster in South Korea
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