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2:40 PM ET, February 26, 2008

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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.
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Apple updates MacBook, MacBook Pro lineups  —  Apple said on Tuesday that it has updated its notebook lineups with the latest Intel processors and better graphics.  —  The MacBook Pro will now be available with Core 2 Duo processors at up to 2.6GHz and up to 6MB of cache memory, Apple said.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
The new MacBook's battery life and power adapter  —  When Steve Jobs un-enveloped the MacBook Air last month, Apple watchers were impressed by the “5 hours of wireless productivity” battery life.  However, after putting the Air through its paces, only a few reviewers were able to be that productive …
Discussion: Computerworld
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Shares Slide On Weak Paid Click Data; Is The Crumbling Economy Dragging Down The Search Business?  —  Google (GOOG) shares are down sharply this morning after new data from comScore shows what appears to be a material weakening in the company's advertising business.
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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:
Discussion: WebProNews and Darren Herman
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: Screenwerk
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:   The Web Economy Rejoices: Google IS Overrated and Due For BIGGER Fall!
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.
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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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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Kids don't like CDs: iTunes Store now #2 music retailer  —  iTunes has officially eclipsed Best Buy in music sales and now comes in as the number two music retailer in the world.  That's not just digital music either—that's all music, including CD sales. iTunes now sits just behind Wal-Mart …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun completes MySQL purchase; Eyes more open source acquisitions  —  Sun said Tuesday that it has completed the purchase of MySQL for $1 billion and CEO Jonathan Schwartz indicated the company plans to keep shopping for open source acquisitions.  —  “Open source is really in the DNA of Sun …
Discussion: InfoWorld and Computerworld
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Sun closes MySQL deal, plans more open-source buys
Discussion: TechSpot News
Lance Ulanoff / Fox News:
Facebook's Death Spiral Has Begun  —  Facebook's long, slow, and, for some, sad decline into oblivion has begun.  —  A recent report from The New York Times stated that the company is going to try to make it easier for members to get off the service.  This is a clear indication that the social network's days in the sun are numbered.
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 …
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
Wow!  All Gmail Users Are Given Two Separate Email Addresses  —  You probably know how to create multiple email aliases in Gmail by adding the plus symbol and dots to your Gmail username but there's something more interesting.  —  When you create a Gmail account, you actually get two email addresses …
Blake Robinson / ReadWriteWeb:
BricaBox - The Beginning of Social Content Platforms?  —  BricaBox is a new type of service that combines elements of social networking and content creation into a medium it calls a “social content platform.”  The NYC-based startup hopes to do for social content what Ning did for social networks.
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 …
Google Talkabout:
Google Talk chatback  —  Do you have a blog, online profile, or some other personal web page?  Would you like to communicate more with your visitors?  Today we're launching a new Google Talk feature that lets visitors to your web site chat with you.  We call it “chatback” …
 
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
HP, Dell and Fujitsu answer VMware's USB stick plea
Discussion: InfoWorld
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
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Andrew Park / Wired News:
The Brash Programmers at 37signals Will Tell You: Keep It Simple, Stupid
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Estimates Put Internet Advertising at $21 Billion in U.S., $45 Billion Globally
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft's Live Poops Out
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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BBC:
New search powers lead Firefox 3
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Ray / The Register:
iPhone SDK won't be here in February after all
Business Wire:
Road Warriors Get Ready …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Link Journalism: Is Linking to News a form of Journalism?
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Bad flavor: ICANN, Network Solutions sued for domain tasting
Discussion: Web Worker Daily
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Weighing Limits on Slowing Web Traffic
Donald Bell / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sony's $500 headphones to hit U.S.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Friendfeed, the best software for conversations, raises round and launches publicly