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3:50 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:
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 …
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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, OSNews, Gizmodo and Slashdot
Peter Burrows / Byte of the Apple:
iPhone vs Android: When It Comes To Wooing Developers, Don't …
Discussion: GMSV and MacDailyNews
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
Discussion: SlashPhone
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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
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Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Google Patent Could Kill Off Cellphone Contracts  —  Google's keyword auctions redefined web advertising.  Now, a patent filing reveals, the search company wants to do the same thing for wireless services.  —  Google's patent filing describes “devices, systems and methods” …
Discussion: Beyond Search
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
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.
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 …
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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Wins Court Case, Italian Block Lifted  —  The Pirate Bay has successfully appealed the decision of an Italian judge who had ordered ISPs to block access to the popular BitTorrent tracker last month.  The Court of Bergamo decided that this block was unlawful, and that Italian users should regain access to the site.
MacNN:
Apple puts unlocked iPhone on sale in Hong Kong  —  The iPhone 3G is now on sale directly from Apple in the city of Hong Kong, despite no prior announcements, listings reveal.  An 8GB phone is selling for $5,400 HK ($692), while a 16GB model costs $6,200 HK ($794).
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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?
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Memory exhaustion DoS vulnerability hits Google's Chrome  —  Aditya K Sood from the EvilFingers community, which disclosed the first Chrome DoS vulnerability at the beginning of the month, has released a proof of concept demonstrating a memory exhaustion DoS vulnerability affecting Google's …
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: Coop's Corner and Twitter Blog
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 Eldon / VentureBeat:
Hitwise: Facebook and MySpace see usage metrics go up and down, kinda  —  Some new social networking stats are in from respected analytics firm Hitwise, and as with any limited data set, there are all sorts of interesting possibilities one could draw.  —  For example, Is Facebook's redesign slowing its growth?
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Clickjacking: Researchers raise alert for scary new cross-browser exploit  —  Researchers are beginning to raise an alarm for what looks like a scary new browser exploit/threat affecting all the major desktop platforms — Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Adobe Flash.
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
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 …
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, videogaming247 and Techdirt
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
AT&T, NBC lump piracy in with spam, malware as net pollution
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
World's electrical grids open to attack
Discussion: SecurityFocus
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Court sides with Microsoft in Alcatel-Lucent case
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Operation Foxbook: Life Inside the Browser, So Far
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple proposes improvements to Safari browsing experience
Discussion: TG Daily
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Adobe Talks Open Source, Innovation and the Future of Flash