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5:25 PM ET, February 26, 2008

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Disaster: Comscore Reports Awful January*  —  Comscore reported shockingly bad US paid click performance for Google in January: flat growth year-over-year versus a 25% increase in Q4.  Even if Comscore is only half right, this is a disaster.  —  Flash note from analyst Bob Peck at Bear Stearns:
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google: Does Search Data Indicate a Recession?  —  The news is buzzing this morning, starting with a report from UBS that alleges that Google's paid clicks are down in January.  Analysts from a number of firms have been speculating that this may be a sign that a slowing economy is affecting search.
Discussion: WebProNews and Screenwerk
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:   The Web Economy Rejoices: Google IS Overrated and Due For BIGGER Fall!
Apple:
Apple Introduces New MacBook and MacBook Pro Models  —  Multi-Touch Trackpad Comes to MacBook Pro  —  Apple® today updated its popular MacBook® and MacBook Pro notebook lines with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, larger hard drives and 2GB of memory standard in most models.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple MacBook, MacBook Pro get refreshed with faster CPUs, multi-touch  —  Aw snap.  It finally, really happened... kind of.  Apple has just dropped a nasty refresh on its MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, knocking the processor speeds up, and giving the Pros that tasty multi-touch the MacBook Air has been sporting.
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
The new MacBook's battery life and power adapter
Discussion: Gizmodo, Computerworld and 9 to 5 Mac
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPod/iPhone firmware update 1.1.4 released  —  Just connected my iPhone to iTunes.  More details as they come in.  —  1:30: I'm downloading the software now... To download directly, the direct links are iPhone and iPod.  (Do let me know if I messed either of those up.)
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft's Live Poops Out … I got an IM from a source a few minutes ago asking if Hotmail and other Live services were down.  Being signed into Windows Live Messenger, I assumed that he was wrong.  —  Not so.  When I tried to sign into Windows Live Hotmail, during the Live ID authentication process …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Outage hits Windows Live Hotmail, Messenger users
Discussion: Channel 9
Admin_huliq / HULIQ:
Hotmail Down On East Coast
Discussion: The Register
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
iTunes Now Number Two Music Retailer in the US  —  iTunes Customers Top 50 Million  —  Apple® today announced that iTunes® (www.itunes.com) is now the number two music retailer in the US, behind only Wal-Mart, based on the latest data from the NPD Group*.
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Portfolio.com:
Comcast Astroturfs the Old-Fashioned Way  —  How big are the stakes in the so-called network neutrality debate now raging before Congress and federal regulators?  —  Consider this: One side in the debate actually went to the trouble of hiring people off the street to pack …
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Akessler / Andy Kessler:
WSJ: Internet Wrecking Ball
Discussion: Techdirt and Associated Press
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Lance Ulanoff's death spiral has begun  —  I hate to pick on someone — unless they deserve it, of course — but I'm willing to make an exception in Lance Ulanoff's case.  He's the PCMag editor whose piece on Facebook got picked up by Fox News, primarily (I'm assuming) because of the headline …
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PC Magazine:   Lance Ulanoff  —  Lance Ulanoff is Editor in Chief and VP …
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Sony announces new Metal Gear Solid PS3 bundle, red PSP  —  While the stock-standard 80GB PS3 model may be gasping its last breath at retail, Sony has just announced a new bundle for the second quarter of 2008.  This new bundle will include the 80GB system, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, and a Dual Shock 3 controller.
Discussion: Gearlog
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Mark Wilson / Kotaku:
DualShock 3 Dated For US
ACU News:
ACU first university in nation to provide iPhone or iPod Touch to all incoming freshmen  —  An Apple iPhone or iPod Touch will become a central part of Abilene Christian University's innovative learning experience this fall when all freshmen are provided one of these converged media devices …
Royal Pingdom:
Social network downtime in 2008  —  This is a list of 14 of the largest social networks in the world, and how much downtime they have had so far in 2008. … As we mentioned in a recent report, Bebo's downtime has increased significantly lately and has had by far the most downtime …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
An Open Approach to Search  —  If you didn't realize it, Yahoo! is embracing openness like never before:  — Hadoop Now at the Heart of Every Yahoo! Search  — Yahoo!'s Quest to Open Up  —  The open theme continues today as we are announcing that we are opening up Yahoo! Search itself.
Andrew Park / Wired News:
The Brash Programmers at 37signals Will Tell You: Keep It Simple, Stupid  —  To the 300 software developers packed into a Vancouver conference room, David Heinemeier Hansson was more than a programmer.  He was a visionary, the creator of Ruby on Rails, a software template that powered an increasing number of hot Internet applications.
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Jason / Signal vs. Noise:   37signals Featured in Wired (March 2008 issue)
Constantinos Michael / Google LatLong:
Refine by user ratings and neighborhoods  —  Ever since I moved to the New York City Google office I've had an agenda: exploring the best the city has to offer like so many other New Yorkers do.  Sometimes this can be an overwhelming experience, since the city has more than 18,000 food vendors according to nycvisit.com!
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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iPhone SDK won't be here in February after all
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