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3:40 PM ET, August 6, 2008

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Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
Should You Pay Twice as Much for a Mac?  —  [Editor's Note: This is companion to another post at Microsoft Watch telling a different story from the same NPD data.]  —  On Saturday, I got to wondering about Mac versus Windows PC pricing after seeing two HP notebooks on sale at the local Target.
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Dwight / TechBlog:   The price difference between Macs and PCs widens
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Vista PCs: These Prices Are Insane!
Discussion: DailyTech
Arn / MacRumors:
New Apple Cinema Displays Finally at MWSF 2009?  —  Readers interested in new Apple Cinema Displays may have to wait just a bit longer.  —  Apple has not significantly updated their Cinema Displays in years.  Apple currently offers 20", 23" and 30" monitors at $599, $899, and $1799, respectively.
Discussion: TUAW, Gizmodo and Electronista
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Piper Sees Sept. Event With New Macs, New iPods  —  Apple (AAPL) is likely to hold a special event in early September to unveil new iPods and redesigned Mac portables, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.  In a research note, he points out that Apple has held a special event …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:   Rumor: Apple display updates not coming until 2009
Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Announcing Google Insights for Search  —  In June, we updated Google Trends with numbers and the ability to download results to a spreadsheet.  We received a lot of great feedback from agencies and advertisers on how they're using the new version; from identifying new growth markets to optimizing their Google AdWords campaigns.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's New Tool Is Meant for Marketers
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and MarketingShift
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Mozilla mocks up possible Firefox successors in idea factory  —  Mozilla Labs this week took steps to open up its idea factory to wider outside input, asking for community help to develop the next big ideas that might power future browsers.  Like any good research lab, the goal …
Discussion: OSDir.com and Electronista
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Bewkes confirms AOL split  —  Time Warner will indeed split its AOL access and media units starting next year, CEO Jeff Bewkes confirmed in a release announcing the company's second-quarter earnings.  —  It's the first time the executive has confirmed the split, though it's been widely talked about for months.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The $125 Million-Sweet DailyCandy Revenge of Bob “Pitchman”
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Time Warner: Hiding AOL woes under Joker makeup
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Confirms Vote Error, Yang and Bostock Not Liked So Much After All  —  Yahoo has confirmed that a ‘tabulation error’ occurred in the shareholder vote count conducted by Broadridge Financial Solutions, the independent firm hired to do the job.  Turns out, just over half of the shareholders felt …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Deal Journal and WebProNews
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Sells DoubleClick's SEM Business To Ad Conglom Publicis (GOOG)  —  Google has sold the search engine marketing arm of DoubleClick's old Performics business to French advertising conglomerate Publicis for an undisclosed amount.  —  Publicis has been ‘cooperating’ with Google for more than a year …
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Jibi / BlackBerryNews.com:
EXCLUSIVE: BlackBerry 8220 - Pictures of Red Kickstart  —  While these are images from the upcoming BlackBerry 8220 device simulator, these images show what the red-colored BlackBerry flip-phone will look like.  This device is starting to look better and better since the first leaked pictures surfaced …
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
iTunes Still Number 1 Music Vendor; Amazon?  Gaining Some Ground  —  The latest NPD figures on music sales are out for the first half of 2008, and as you might expect, Apple's iTunes is still in the top spot, but what's interesting is who's in fourth place: Amazon.  Here's the top five:  —  1) iTunes
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Which Facebook Applications Really Are the Most Engaging?  A Look at MAU & MAU%.  —  Facebook updated application engagement stats published in the directory yesterday, changing the published engagement metric for applications from daily active users to monthly active users, and removing the active % altogether.
Discussion: Facebook Developers
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Watch The Beijing Olympics LIVE On The Web — Even If NBC Doesn't Want You To  —  NBC will bring 2200 hours of Beijing Olympics streaming video to the web, starting today.  But Americans will miss some of the best parts.  Why?  Because NBC, which has exclusive rights to the games …
Discussion: Little Red Blog
Oracle:
Oracle Introduces Oracle® VM Templates  —  Oracle VM Templates Enable Rapid Deployment of Enterprise Software  — Further enabling customers to benefit from server consolidation, energy and space cost savings by using enterprise-class server virtualization, Oracle today announced Oracle® VM Templates.
Maths / Music 2.0:
Google Finally Launches MP3 Search in China  —  So finally, the much talked about Google MP3 Search service is here at www.google.cn/music  —  And it's certainly game on as they take on Baidu's very illegal mp3 search with legal links from its search results provided by local music service Top 100.cn …
Harichandan Arakali / Bloomberg:
Bharti Airtel to Bring IPhone 3G to India This Month  —  Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) — Bharti Airtel Ltd., India's largest mobile-phone operator, will introduce the iPhone 3G in the country on Aug. 22, part of a 70-nation rollout of the faster, cheaper upgrade to Apple Inc.'s mobile handset.
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
PR Newswire:
Hughes Announces Fastest Consumer Satellite Internet Access Plan Ever Offered  —  Hughes Network Systems, LLC, (HUGHES), the world's leading provider of broadband satellite networks and services, today announced the launch of the fastest consumer broadband satellite Internet access plan ever offered.
 
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Reuters:
UBS says Microsoft aims for $20 billion buyback: report
Discussion: WinBeta
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Kickstart about to hit Rogers, no one cares about ROKR E8 or Sony W350a
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
ARM Says Browser Drives the Mobile Web
Discussion: last100
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Social Travel Site TripSay Opens Up To The Public
Discussion: Profy, Mashable! and 901am
PR Newswire:
The Missing Link: Iomega Debuts New Screenplay TV Link
Discussion: Engadget HD and Ubergizmo
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
mloovi - Feedburner for the rest of the planet?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Black Hat says ‘canceled’ Apple talk never existed
Discussion: Threat Level and MacUser
 Earlier Items: 
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook Stock for Sale
BBC:
Robots learn to move themselves
Leslie Katz / Crave: The gadget blog:
USB bracelet makes it hard to lose your cables
Discussion: MacUser and Yanko Design
Christian Nutt / Gamasutra:
In-Depth: The ABCs of Xbox 360 DLC
Lionel Laurent / Forbes:
Intel's Mobile Future
Discussion: FierceWireless
Business Wire:
Sprint Nextel Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Venture capital investing: What's next?
The How-To Geek / Lifehacker:
Debunking Common Windows Performance Tweaking Myths
Discussion: Bleeding Edge and Digg