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5:20 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:
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Supposed MacBook Pro redesign, meet Mr. BlurryiPhonecam  —  Look, there are a hundred reasons to think this might be fake.  That janky right corner, the inexplicable “dock in the trackpad” conundrum, the odd lighting and the entirely-too-convenient iSight self portrait.
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia and Tech Blog
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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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Some screen shots from Vodafone-branded Blackberry Storm emerge  —  Some purported screen shots of Vodafone-branded Blackberry Storm have emerged today.  If you believe what you see is for real, then you may be a bit disappointed.  The resolution on the screen is quite nice but the interface, well, looks just like a Blackberry.
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
Peter Burrows / Byte of the Apple:
iPhone vs Android: When It Comes To Wooing Developers, Don't …
Discussion: VentureBeat, GMSV and MacDailyNews
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: broadstuff, Unwired View and Slashdot
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Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Google Patent Could Kill Off Cellphone Contracts
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: VentureBeat and Beyond Binary
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Steve Ballmer Visits Silicon Valley, Talks About Microsoft's Future …
Discussion: 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 …
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.
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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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.
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 …
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
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?
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Thompson Responds To Disbarment  —  Today's stunning news that controversial attorney and anti-gaming zealot Jack Thompson will be disbarred for life from practicing law by the Supreme Court of Florida seems to have done little to faze the attorney himself.  —  In response to our request …
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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
Stefan Öberg / Skype Blogs:
Skype for Asterisk Beta  —  Stefan Öberg is vice president and general manager for Skype Telecom and Skype for Business  —  I'm speaking today at AstriCon in Glenndale, Arizona, and I'm excited to announce the beta version of Skype For Asterisk, which will allow small and mid-sized businesses …
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.
 
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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
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Court sides with Microsoft in Alcatel-Lucent case
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