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9:30 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]
Discussion: I4U News and TUAW
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 and Insanely Great Mac
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
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 …
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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Report: Justice Dept. talking with Yahoo, Google
Discussion: The Register
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Will A Volume Cap Make The Yahoo/Google Deal Work?
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
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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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
More Competition For Steve Jobs: Samsung Entering US PC Market  —  This is timed nicely to today's Apple event — news that Samsung is entering the American PC market.  Samsung's PCs are big in South Korea (duh) but not really anywhere else, so it would be easy to discount their chances …
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
We're Coming to America: Samsung (Finally!)  Enters U.S. Notebook Market
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: CNET News and VentureBeat
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: DSLreports and Gizmodo
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 …
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!
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Lending Club Exits SEC Quiet Period; Resumes Loan Originations  —  Back in April we reported on P2P social lender LendingClub entering a “quiet period” from the SEC. In June Lending Club filed with the SEC for $600 million in notes.  Today Lending Club will announce at the Finovate conference …
Discussion: Economix
Wall Street Journal:
Treasury to Roll Out New Approach to Credit Crisis  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is expected Tuesday to roll out a wide-ranging effort to restore confidence to the battered banking system, following similar moves by European governments that sent global stock markets soaring, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Ian Lamont / Industry Standard:
Tech stocks rebound; Microsoft, Apple, Google, RIM see double-digit rises
Discussion: CNET News and Portfolio
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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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Microsoft Chats Up Office Communications Server 2007 R2
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Kongregate: Where the boys are  —  Kongregate is an anomaly in the casual gaming business.
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Evan Ackerman / OhGizmo!:
Mini Monitor Needs Only USB
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, Gadget Lab and CrunchGear
Cyrus Farivar / Salon:
Company gives computers to its employees — for keeps
Royal Pingdom:
Demand for version 3.0 is overwhelming the OpenOffice.org website
Discussion: MacUser and Macworld
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Memories Of Gizmodogate: CES Names Engadget As Official Blog Partner
Discussion: Engadget and The Blog Herald
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Pure Digital teams up with CafePress to offer free custom Flip …
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Meebo announces more partners for its new white-label IM service
MediaShift:
Google Blocks Chrome Browser Use in Syria, Iran
Discussion: jd/adobe
Miguel Helft / Bits:
An Elephant Backs Up Google's Library
John Cox / Network World:
iPhones go to front of the class at Texas university
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Google Watch:
Is Google Apps Unseating Microsoft Office? Stay Tuned
Discussion: WISC-TV and ReadWriteWeb