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10:45 AM ET, February 24, 2011

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Apple:
Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Next Generation Processors, Graphics & Thunderbolt I/O Technology  —  Apple® today updated the industry-leading MacBook® Pro family with next generation processors and graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime® HD camera.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Launches $0.99 Mac FaceTime App on Mac App Store  —  Apple has launched the FaceTime for Mac App on the Mac App Store for $0.99: … The app was in public beta before this, but with the imminent launch of the new MacBook Pros, Apple has launched version 1.0.  New MacBook Pro owners will get FaceTime pre-installed.
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Apple Updates The MacBook Pro Line With Sandy Bridge Intel CPUs, AMD GPUs, FaceTime HD, and Thunderbolt  —  Happy Birthday, Steve!  Just like the rumors stated, Apple refreshed the entire line of MacBook Pros today, which just so happened to be Steve Jobs' birthday.
Discussion: CNET News, Crave, Softpedia News and TechEye
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Motorola's Xoom Starts Tablet Wars With iPad  —  After months of speculation, the tablet wars begin in earnest this week.  Motorola is releasing its Xoom tablet on Feb. 24, and I consider it the first truly comparable competitor to Apple's hit iPad.  That is partly because it is the first iPad challenger …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
An iPad lovers review of Motorola Xoom  —  You know I'm an iPad freak.  I was first in line to buy one and I've used it so much my screen is cracked.  —  It is the device that's changed my life more than any other in the past year, which, in a year that Microsoft Kinect shipped, is totally impressive.
Discussion: Inquirer and DailyTech, Thanks:ipadupdates
Kellex / Droid Life:
Official Details of the 4G LTE Upgrade Process for the Motorola XOOM  —  For those of you heading into a Best Buy or Verizon store early tomorrow morning to pick up a Motorola XOOM, you are probably wondering how the upgrade process to 4G LTE will work and we have you covered.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Motorola Xoom tablet hit with trademark lawsuit right before launch  —  Well-funded online payment company Xoom Corporation doesn't want Motorola to use its name for the Android-based tablet computer slated to launch today.  —  Yesterday the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius filed …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Motorola Xoom With Honeycomb: A First Look Video
Apple:
Apple Releases Developer Preview of Mac OS X Lion  —  Apple® today released a developer preview of Mac OS® X Lion, which takes some of the best ideas from iPad™ and brings them back to the Mac® for the eighth major release of the world's most advanced operating system.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Releases A Developer Preview Of OS X Lion — Through The Mac App Store  —  Two days ago, we first reported that Apple was likely to release a developer beta of OS X Lion “soon”.  Well, how's this for soon?  This morning, alongside their new MacBook Pros, Apple has announced …
AppleInsider:
Apple releases dev preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion with AirDrop, FileVault  —  Apple on Thursday released a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion, which takes some of the best ideas the company has conceived for the iPad and brings them back to the Mac for the eighth major release of the flagship operating system due this summer.
Discussion: MacStories
Michael Stroh / The Windows Blog:
More answers about our first software update  —  It's been roughly 48 hours since we hit the send button on our first Windows Phone software update.  The rooms around me are buzzing with folks monitoring the rollout, sifting carefully through incoming phone health data (from customers who provide it) …
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
A good demonstration of Light Peak/Thunderbolt  —  What I don't immediately understand is how this is going to work with my current MacBook Pro/monitor setup.  It would seem that if I got a new MBP and a Thunderbolt external hard drive that the hard drive would have two thunderbolt ports …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Disney Acquires Social Network For Kids Togetherville  —  Disney has just acquired Togetherville, a social network for kids 10 years of age or younger, we've confirmed with the company.  Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed at the moment.  —  Togetherville, which exited beta last year …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Penalizes Overstock for Search Tactics  —  Google Inc. has penalized Overstock.com Inc. in its search results after the retailer ran afoul of Google policies that prohibit companies from artificially boosting their ranking in the Internet giant's search engine.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Arrive is Sprint's first Windows Phone 7 device, launches March 20th for $200  —  Teased since Microsoft's launch event for Windows Phone 7 back in October of last year and recently launched in Europe as the 7 Pro, HTC's Arrive today becomes the very first CDMA device for the platform to be announced with a date and a price.
ifixit:
Samsung Galaxy S 4G Teardown  —  Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S 4G.  Not to be confused with the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, or Galaxy Tab, the Galaxy S 4G is Samsung's newest entry to the smartphone arena.  Join us today as we unravel the mysteries of the Galaxy S 4G.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Details Chrome's Background Feature: Run Web Apps Without Seeing Them  —  Google has been on a mission lately to outline some of the cooler, newer features coming to Chrome on their Chromium Blog.  Today brings one of the biggest yet: Background Apps.
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: The Utter Collapse Of MySpace  —  We knew MySpace was dying, but we didn't know it was this bad.  MySpace had 45 million unique visitors in January, down from from 70 million the year prior, according to comScore data.  —  This is why MySpace is up for sale.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Announces More Ways to Publish to Users Who Click Like Buttons  —  Millions of websites and social games have implemented Facebook's Like button social plugin, yet relatively few are taking advantage of the capability to publish news feed stories to users that click those buttons.
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Amazon Prime Streaming Will Disrupt Netflix, Here's How  —  Over the past 24 hours, I've read a lot of blog posts about Amazon's new Instant Video streaming offering available to Amazon Prime subscribers, yet there are a bunch of really important aspects about the service no one seems to be discussing.
Discussion: MediaPost and Hacking NetFlix, Thanks:danrayburn
Dan Wallach / Freedom to Tinker:
Things overheard on the WiFi from my Android smartphone  —  Today in my undergraduate security class, we set up a sniffer so we could run Wireshark and Mallory to listen in on my Android smartphone.  This blog piece summarizes what we found.  — Google properly encrypts traffic to Gmail and Google Voice …
Michael Riley / Bloomberg:
Exxon, Shell Said to Have Been Hacked Via Chinese Servers  —  Computer hackers working through Internet servers in China broke into and stole proprietary information from the networks of six U.S. and European energy companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc …
Discussion: ComputerWeekly.com and V3.co.uk
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Android activations visualized  —  Here's a great little video which shows the phenomenal rate of increase in Android activations.  —  At last count, Google (GOOG) was activating 300,000 devices per day.  It is hard to imagine Android has grown in just about two and a half years.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Enterprise Cloud Storage Platform Box.net Raises $48M From Andreessen Horowitz And Others  —  Cloud storage and collaboration startup Box.net has raised $48 million in new funding led by Meritech Capital Partners with Andreessen Horowitz, Emergence Capital Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson …
Discussion: NewEnterprise, Xconomy and PE Hub Blog
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Social Media Technology Company Syncapse Scores $25 Million Round  —  Syncapse, which bills itself as a social media technology company, has landed $25 million in financing from growth equity investor ABS Capital Partners, $20 million of which has already been closed.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Mashable!
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Eye-Tracking & User-Testing Made Easy with YouEye  —  User testing with eye-tracking software can be an expensive undertaking.  But a startup on stage today at LAUNCH may offer a way to simplify that process - both in terms of cost, testers and technology.  —  YouEye uses a webcam to record users' behavior on a website.
 
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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
FTC asks court to shut down text spammer who promised home loan modifications
Discussion: MediaPost
Alastair Goldfisher / PE Hub Blog:
Scoop: Peter Wagner Parts Ways with Accel After Nearly 15 Years
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Energy Efficiency Startup Transphorm Emerges From Stealth, Raises $20 Million From Google Ventures
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Like WordPress for Mobile App Creation: Cabana is a Service to Watch
Discussion: VentureBeat
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Researchers create computer that fits on a pen tip
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Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
JP Morgan Raises $1.2 Billion For Digital Growth Fund
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Daniel Bailey / ConceivablyTech:
Chrome OS To Get HW Acceleration, Mac/Linux/ Windows Support
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