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11:45 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 and Technologizer
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Exec David Eun Out - Here's His Email To Staff  —  <img src='http://www.techcrunch.com/wp- content/zooomrlogo.gif' class="shot" alt="" />David Eun, my boss's (Heather) boss since the acquisition, will shortly be leaving AOL.  As President of AOL Media and Studios he oversaw the AOL homepage …
Discussion: SAI, more at Mediagazer »
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Pre-HuffPo Merger Changes At AOL; Eun Leaving, Brod To Be Arianna's COO
Discussion: SAI, more at Mediagazer »
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 …
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 …
Shan Sinha / Docs Blog:
Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office available to all  —  Many of you already use Google Docs for editing your documents, but there are still many people that are tied to desktop applications and haven't experienced the numerous benefits cloud applications to bring.
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.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Payvment's Shopping Mall App is a Competitor to Amazon on Facebook  —  Payvment now aggregates items from the 1.2 million products in the 50,000 ecommerce storefront Faceboom Page tab apps it powers to create Shopping Mall.  The Facebook app lets users search, browse, Like …
Discussion: VatorNews, SFGate and TechCrunch
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
After Twitter, LinkedIn Now Also Blocked In China  —  It appears that LinkedIn has been blocked in China, after the professional social network became a platform for organizing anti-government protests.  The report was first noted by Renmedia.  —  According to the WSJ article …
 
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Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Amazon Prime Streaming Will Disrupt Netflix, Here's How
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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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David Heinemeier Hansson / Signal vs. Noise:
The end of the IT department
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