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12:35 AM ET, September 26, 2008

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AppleInsider:
Next-gen MacBook, MacBook Pro spotted in matching outfits  —  Production ready versions of Apple's next-generation MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks have surfaced stateside in matching attire, according to reports.  —  In its attempt to provide the most accurate picture of Apple's future product plans …
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
NEW MACBOOK PRO PHOTO, MAYBE — IT'S FRENCH!  Some French blog, now offline, briefly featured a photo of what may be the new aluminum MacBook Pro.  It appears to be a laptop.  Here's a screenshot of the now-disappeared blog post:
Neil McAllister / Fatal Exception:
SDK shoot-out: Android vs. iPhone  —  Apple and Google differ along familiar lines with their smartphone development kits  —  InfoWorld has been all over this week's official launch of Android, the new smartphone platform from Google.  With its slick interface and open application platform …
Discussion: webmonkey, Gizmodo, OSNews and Slashdot
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Engadget Cares: save us from Apple's groundbreaking, developer-shackling App Store  —  Engadget editor-at-large and gdgt co-founder Ryan Block contributes Engadget Cares, a friendly advice column for the people who make your technology.  —  It's not hard to argue that the App Store's inspired success …
Peter Burrows / Byte of the Apple:
iPhone vs Android: When It Comes To Wooing Developers, Don't …
Discussion: GMSV, MacUser and MacDailyNews
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Muxtape Is Dead.  Long Live Muxtape!  —  Justin Ouellette's music sharing site Muxtape, which he put on ice in August, is staging a comeback.  Sort of.  —  In a post on muxtape.com, Ouellette finally explains why he had to shut down the service: He'd been trying to cut deals with big labels …
cellular-news:
China Mobile Seeking Cut-Down Version of Apple's iPhone  —  China Mobile is expected to officially launch the Apple iPhone on its network shortly - but with some of the functionality removed to comply with Chinese regulations.  The South China Morning Post, citing a report from the Daiwa Institute …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches Yahoo-Google Facts Site  —  Google has launched a new informational site designed to tell its story about why there's no need to fear an ad partnership between it and Yahoo.  Within the site, you'll lots of information about the deal except for one key fact: when exactly does it start?
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
RIM shares tank on lower profits for new BlackBerrys  —  For the second straight quarter, soaring earnings weren't enough to satisfy Research In Motion investors worried about the prospects of lower profits to come.  —  RIM reported its second-quarter results Thursday …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Steve Ballmer Live At The Churchill Club  —  I'n at the Hyatt in Santa Clara, California tonight, where Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer is going to be speaking to the Churchill Club, in conversation with Hummer Winblad founder Ann Winblad.  (Winblad is an inspired choice …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Beyond Binary
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter to launch election site tonight  —  Longtime users of the micro-messaging service Twitter may have noticed something around the start of the political primary season: A lot of tweets (Twitter messages) about politics.  To some this is annoying, to others, it's addicting.
Discussion: Bits and Twitter Blog
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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Expanding the Twitter club for the rest of us
Discussion: Mashable!
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Microsoft's new bonus plan for Steve Ballmer, et al: Up to $20 mil apiece  —  Microsoft just disclosed a new bonus plan for its top executives.  —  Instead of the current mix of cash bonuses and stock awards, executive bonuses will come from a pool - for fiscal 2009, that pool is the equivalent …
Discussion: Mini-Microsoft
Vint Cerf / The Official Google Blog:
The next Internet  —  The Internet has had an enormous impact on people's lives around the world in the ten years since Google's founding.  It has changed politics, entertainment, culture, business, health care, the environment and just about every other topic you can think of.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Layoffs at ad network Glam Media  —  A tipster says Glam Media, the women-focused online-ad network, is going through “material layoffs” — 14 out of 200 employees, mostly in sales, Silicon Alley Insider now confirms.  The cutbacks, coming just seven months after Glam raised $85 million, mark the popping of the ad-network bubble.
Mike Fahey / Kotaku:
Jack Thompson Disbarred  —  Is it finally game over for Florida lawyer and violent video game opponent Jack Thompson?  Judgment has been entered in the case that started last year and came to a head when Judge Dava Tunis recommended permanent disbarment for the bombastic, showboating law man.
Discussion: Crave
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Thompson Responds To Disbarment
Discussion: Blue's News and Edge Online
The Technium:
Where Attention Flows, Money Follows  —  The new rules for the new economy can be summarized as:  —  Where ever attention flows, money will follow.  —  Almost anything else except attention can be manufactured as a commodity.  Luxury goods are only luxuries temporarily.
Discussion: bytes|genes
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Google's End Run Around the Wireless Carriers  —  In a recently published patent, Google describes a vision for an open wireless world, one in which mobile devices (and smartphones in particular) are no longer married to particular cellular service providers.
Discussion: Unwired View and Slashdot
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds iPhone Firmware 2.2 Beta 1  —  Apple has seeded some iPhone developers with a new beta iPhone firmware for testing.  The new version is labeled iPhone OS 2.2 beta 1 and is accompanied by a new beta of the iPhone SDK (build 9M2611).  Beyond “compatibility testing”, there are no other differences noted by Apple.
BlackBerry Storm Mobile Phone Reviews:
BlackBerry Storm Pictures - Exclusive Screen Shots!  —  We have exclusive screen shots of the new BlackBerry Storm in action.  These are all 100% genuine screen shots of the latest & greatest BlackBerry and thanks to our official source we can show you the slick new interface for the BlackBerry Storm
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator's SocialBrowse Launches To The Public  —  SocialBrowse, the link-sharing service that includes elements of web annotation, has launched its service to the public.  When I first wrote about SocialBrowse as it entered private beta last June, I described it as a “Twitter for links” …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Microsoft's Mundie outlines the future of computing  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie on Thursday offered a long-term view of where Microsoft and the world of computing are heading over the next few decades.  Speaking at the MIT Emerging Technology Conference …
Telegraph:
iTunes under threat as bands take their business elsewhere  —  Bands concerned for the ongoing commercial viability of albums are adding to the pressures on iTunes, says Brian Boyd  —  The previously unremarkable rap-rocker Kid Rock had a huge worldwide hit this summer with the single All Summer Long.
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Antitrust regulators seek more commitment from Microsoft  —  WASHINGTON— Microsoft has made some progress developing a set of documents required as part of its antitrust consent decree, but the work could be accomplished much more quickly if the company took on a less grudging attitude …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple proposes improvements to Safari browsing experience  —  A pair of new patent filings from Apple include suggestions for improving the browsing experience offered through its Safari Web browser, such as a adaptive media support and a visual history tree that more accurately shows users where they've been and how they got there.
Discussion: TG Daily
Scott Steinberg / Edge Online:
My Belief in the PlayStation 3 Advantage  —  PlayStation 3 offers a value proposition that's second-to-none.  This is the message that we're taking out to consumers; we're talking about blockbuster games, creative independent games, downloadable movies, music, photos and Blu-ray.  —  Blu-ray and Downloadables
Discussion: Kotaku, PS3 Fanboy and videogaming247
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
MySpace Music: First (Real) Look: For Once, You Can't Blame The Lawyers  —  I got WebEx'd.  I saw a well-practiced demo of the new MySpace Music last night, and fell under the impression that the News Corp (NYSE: NWS) JV with the labels was a simple, straightforward music destination …
Business Wire:
Visa to Develop Mobile Payment-Related Services for Android Platform  —  SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Visa Inc. (NYSE:V - News) today announced plans to make mobile payment-related services broadly available to United States consumers by the end of the year.
Discussion: Between the Lines and AndroidGuys
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
AT&T, NBC lump piracy in with spam, malware as net pollution
Dan Goodin / The Register:
World's electrical grids open to attack
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Hitwise: Facebook and MySpace see usage metrics go up and down, kinda
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Decodes Jerry Yang's Here-Comes-the-Weasel-Consultants Memo …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily