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2:50 PM ET, October 12, 2008

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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Document Confirms MacBook/MacBook Pro (Late 2008)  —  Apple has published a support document (PDF) specifically for the “MacBook/MacBook Pro (Late 2008)” models.  Besides the name, the document is not especially revealing.  It appears to be a service document when replacing the display on the new MacBooks.
Discussion: AppleInsider and I4U News
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Apple dumping Intel chipsets for NVIDIA's in new MacBooks  —  Apple will announce as part of its special media event Tuesday a new family of MacBooks that will abandoned Intel's integrated graphics chipsets for those part of NVIDIA's new mobile platform, AppleInsider can confirm.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Smart Startup Advice: Don't Panic - Profit  —  VCs and angels sent out a series of “look out!” warnings to their charges last week.  Now we're starting to see slightly more positive takes from other investors to their startups: Something along the lines of “Look out!  But take advantage of the openings”.
Discussion: JasonKolb.com and A VC
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
TechCrunch Turns Into F**kedCompany 2.0  —  Some of my readers who missed the dotcom boom and bust from the early 2000s may not be familiar with F**kedCompany, a Web site that was dedicated to gloating about layoffs and other misfortunes at Web companies as the tech bubble popped.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amid the Gloom, an E-Commerce War  —  WHEN the e-commerce giant eBay emerged from the last recession seven years ago with an aura of invincibility, its chief executive, Meg Whitman, boasted that “eBay is to some extent recession-proof.”  —  As the online auctioneer's revenues and stock price kept climbing …
Discussion: AuctionBytes Blog
Mark / The Coffee Desk:
Microsoft's new ‘M’ programming language  —  In a software-centric world where we already have many, many languages to program in, from scripting to bytecode compiled languages, to frameworks on top of languages and embedded languages, now Redmond wants to bring ANOTHER language to the table, titled ‘M’ (for Microsoft?).
Alex Zaharov-Reutt / iTWire:
A Netbook-style clamshell for the iPhone is coming!  —  OLO - it's the name of what looks like a notebook or netbook computer, but in place of the trackpad, you slot in your iPhone - and use its screen as a trackpad instead!  Genius of an idea - or as dumb as the Palm Foleo that never was?
Discussion: Liliputing, bub.blicio.us and Gizmodo
Dan Landis / Ripten Video Game Blog:
WoW Whore Has 36 Accounts, Raids by Himself  —  In what is perhaps the most shining example of obsession and geekiness I have ever seen, a fella by the name of Bradster has 36 World of WarCraft accounts that he plays on 11 computers simultaneously.  He mainly seems to be doing …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
iPhone 3G may be coming to a Walmart near you  —  Back in June we broke the news that Apple would be mixing things up a bit by moving away from its prior iPhone distribution model and getting a couple of nation-wide retailers in on the action.  A little more than two months later …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Spotlight on Apple notebooks: 1989 to 2008  —  On Tuesday, Oct. 14, Apple will unveil the latest addition to a long line of portable computers that dates back nearly 20 years — to the ungainly, 15.8-pound “Macintosh Portable” that PC World named the 17th worst technology product of all time.  (link)
Discussion: I4U News
1938 Media:
Exclusive Google Android Phone Video Review  —  I love Steven P. Jobs.  He along with Joe Namath and Mike Rowe.  Anyway, Steven P. has this iphone thing.  I have two.  I like it a lot.  I was a Mac guy before I got it.  So Google is run by three really smart guys.
Discussion: Big in Japan
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse 2.0:
Google Android: 1.5 Million T-Mobile HTC G1s Have Been Pre-sold  —  Whoever thought Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) would not give Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) a run for it's money when it comes to mobile handsets was wrong.  Later this month, Google will be releasing it's Android operating system on the T-Mobile HTC G1 phone.
Discussion: Engadget, Obsessable, I4U News and TmoNews
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Twitter to IM: Drop Dead  —  It took a worldwide financial meltdown for Twitter to finally cough up the IM hairball.  At BearHug Camp, I spent about 10 of the 30 minute executive visitation trying to pin down Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Alex Payne on when exactly Track and IM would be back, and in what order.
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google ignores some reported security problems?
Don Reisinger / InformationWeek:
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Discussion: digg.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The startup squeeze
Discussion: Webmetricsguru
Brian Nadel / Computerworld:
Sprint's 4G Xohm WiMax: How fast is it?
Discussion: DSLreports, CrunchGear and Slashdot
Lawrence Lessig / Wall Street Journal:
In Defense of Piracy  —  Digital technology has made it easy …
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com