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6:45 PM ET, October 12, 2008

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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
What is the mystery port on the MacBook Pro?  —  So, today's case spy shots would reveal a couple of interesting nuggets if they turn out to be the final designs of Tuesday's MacBooks.  Firstly, the 13 inch-ish case is sans Firewire.  Systems Admins will have to move those Boot images over the network now for all but the Pro models.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Higher Quality MacBook and MacBook Pro Case Photos Leaked  —  MacX.cn has posted a series of higher quality images of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro cases that were originally posted last week.  While there had been some doubts about the details of the blurry photo, these new images show every angle …
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, I4U News, Gizmodo and digg.com
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:   New MacBook case leaks question FireWire's future
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?
Darren Murph / Engadget:
1.5 million T-Mobile G1s already pre-ordered  —  T-Mobile sold right out of its original allotment of G1 pre-orders quick, fast and in a hurry, and even the second round has been claimed in a flash.  What's it all mean?  It means that someone at T-Mobile and Google are sitting in a fancy restaurant …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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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.
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Exclusive Google Android Phone Video Review
Discussion: Big in Japan
John Markoff / New York Times:
Intuition + Money: An Aha Moment  —  IT started with a Harvard physicist acting on a hunch.  It ended up producing a new material, called black silicon, that could have a broad impact on technologies ranging from ultrasensitive sensors to photovoltaic cells.
Discussion: Xconomy, Gizmodo and Slashdot
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”.
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Report: MP3 players threaten users' hearing  —  People who listen to personal music players for only five hours a week at a high volume may be doing permanent damage to their hearing.  —  A team of nine experts on the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks …
Discussion: Podcasting News
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
Phone Arena:
First look at the Moto Krave ZN4  —  One intrepid Verizon user was able to score a Motorola Krave ZN4 before it's official release next week.  So far he seems pretty happy with it saying “I am very impressed.  Motorola did a great job.  Solid fee.  Loud ear speaker.  Glass not plastic screen (just like iPhone).
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
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
 
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