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8:05 AM ET, October 14, 2008

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Mr. Blurrycam reveals the updated MacBook Pro, $899 laptop model shows up in Apple inventory systems (Updated)  —  Well, maybe — we're not calling it official until Steve pulls the cloth off himself tomorrow morning .  Still, there's no denying the similarities between this image …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Contains Spoilers  —  Engadget just posted the first real picture and accurate description I've seen in public of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro, set to be announced later today.  It's the real deal.  Major visible changes from the previous MacBook Pros:  — A new iMac-style black border around the display.
AppleInsider:
New photo reveals MacBook Pro, new display also expected [Updated x3]  —  A new photo showing a fully assembled next-generation 15-inch MacBook Pro with a black display bezel has surfaced, which AppleInsider can confirm is legitimate.  Separately, Apple is believed to be readying a new breed …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's New $899 Product is an LED Display and Not a MacBook?  [Update]  —  Based on information we've gathered it seems the $899 product (K29, MB382LL/A) that has appeared on Apple's product lists is likely an LED Apple Cinema Display and not a low-end MacBook.
Discussion: I4U News
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   MacBook rumors confirmed, debunked and educated guesses
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Supposed Best Buy Listings for New MacBooks Show No Price Drop
Discussion: MacRumors
Mike Nash / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Introducing Windows 7  —  Hi there, Mike Nash here.  —  For me, one of the most exciting times in the release of a new product is right before we show it to the world for the first time.  And that time is right now.  —  In a few weeks we are going to be talking about the details of this release at the PDC and at WinHEC.
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Vista's Successor Is Simply 7
Discussion: Inquirer
Bryant / AeroXperience:
Introducing Windows... 7  —  Mike Nash, former Security Guru …
Discussion: Teching It Easy and VentureBeat
Dan Farber / Webware.com:
Start-up developing new Web interaction paradigm  —  In the midst of the financial meltdown and a contentious upcoming election, you might think the U.S. government and taxpayers are just funding wars, bank bailouts, and bridges to nowhere or somewhere.  But this is the same government …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Shadowy government project spins off Siri to help direct your affairs
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft: Mac buyers pay Apple tax  —  Apple may offer lower-priced machines on Tuesday, but one top Microsoft official said Monday that Mac buyers will still be paying an “Apple tax.”  —  In a lengthy interview, Brad Brooks, vice president of Windows Consumer Product Marketing …
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Confirmed: Obama Is Campaigning on Xbox 360!  —  Last week we noted unconfirmed sightings of an “Obama for President” billboard in the Xbox 360 racing game Burnout Paradise.  Today we're able to report that it is, in fact, an official advertisement placed by the senator's campaign team.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Free links to your site  —  I can't believe a new feature from Google isn't getting more notice, because it converts already-existing links to your site into much higher quality links, for free.  The Google webmaster blog just announced that you can find the pages that link to 404 pages on your site.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Webmaster Tools shows Crawl error sources
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Meebo announces more partners for its new white-label IM service  —  Instant message aggregator Meebo is now providing its technology to other sites.  Called CommunityIM, the unlaunched service has been racking up an increasingly long list of large and small new partners.
John R. Wilke / Wall Street Journal:
Google, Yahoo Seek to Avoid Antitrust Suit Over Ad Deal  —  Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. are in talks with the Justice Department in an effort to head off an antitrust challenge to their proposed advertising agreement.  —  The settlement negotiations are at an early stage and it isn't clear whether …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
An Elephant Backs Up Google's Library  —  Google often says that it likes to take the long-term view of things.  But Google's idea of long term does not appear to be long enough for some librarians, who tend to equate long term with forever, at least when it comes to preserving books.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Memories Of Gizmodogate: CES Names Engadget As Official Blog Partner  —  The Consumer Electronics Association, which runs the CES conference each year in Las Vegas, has never had an offical blog partner.  But they do now, and it's AOL's Engadget: “The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) …
Discussion: Engadget and The Blog Herald
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Wi-Fi Gets a Boost With Quantenna Chips  —  If you're like me and believe that Wi-Fi is going to rule the home networking environment, then a means to ensure reliable and fast Wi-Fi connectivity to all corners of the home becomes essential.  That's where chipsets from Quantenna Communications …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Bush signs RIAA-backed intellectual-property law  —  Updated at 12:45 p.m. PDT with quotes.  —  President Bush on Monday signed into law an intellectual-property enforcement bill that would consolidate federal efforts to combat copyright infringement under a new White House cabinet position.
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
We're Coming to America: Samsung (Finally!)  Enters U.S. Notebook Market  —  Samsung announced this morning that it will expand its notebook business into the North American market.  The company has manufactured laptops for Dell and others and has offered its own branded notebooks overseas.
Discussion: Technologizer, Reuters, Engadget and Gizmodo
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
America May Get Broadband for Free, But Porn Will Cost You  —  Last Friday afternoon, the FCC issued a report putting to rest worries about interference from a free wireless broadband service using the AWS-3 spectrum, paving the way for an auction sometime next year.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mint Leaves Beta, Brings A Bunch Of New Features With It  —  Mint, the personal finance startup that won last year's TechCrunch 40, has launched a host of new features including investment tracking, 401k managment, and more flexible budget sheets.  CEO Aaron Patzer says that the new features finally …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Pure Digital teams up with CafePress to offer free custom Flip Mino camcorder designs  —  Pure Digital, the company behind the insanely popular series of easy to use “Flip” digital camcorders, is about to get even more insanely popular - especially with the customization crowd.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
BillShrink Grows By $8 Million With Plans To Expand To New Markets  —  BillShrink, a startup that aims to help users save money across a variety of vertical markets, has closed an $8 million Series B funding round led by Trinity Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners.
Discussion: Mashable!
Microsoft:
Microsoft Releases Silverlight 2, Already Reaching One in Four Consumers Worldwide  —  Microsoft announces new rich Internet applications development and streaming media features; company outlines plans for supporting Windows, Mac and Linux tools for developing Silverlight applications.
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Q&A: Bill Me Later's Gary Marino on surviving eight years before a …
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