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4:10 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  —  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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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: AppleInsider and I4U News
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Supposed Best Buy Listings for New MacBooks Show No Price Drop
Discussion: MacRumors
Arn / MacRumors:
MacBook and MacBook Pro Port Speculation
Discussion: TUAW and Between the Lines
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: VentureBeat and Teching It Easy
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 …
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Shadowy government project spins off Siri to help direct your affairs
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Joost Turns On Its All-Flash Website.  Is Anybody Watching?  —  Without much fanfare, Joost has finally turned on the browser version of its Web video service, as we noted it would last month.  The new site is all based on Flash, and lets you watch old Bruce Lee flicks …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Video Site Joost Reboots as a Hulu Clone
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 …
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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Electronista and New World Notes
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 …
Discussion: CNET News and paidContent.org
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
Google Loses German Copyright Cases Over Image-Search Previews  —  Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., owner of the world's most popular Internet-search engine, lost two copyright lawsuits in Germany over displaying photos and artworks as thumbnails in a preview of search results.
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
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.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Crave, Switched and Gizmodo
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: The Blog Herald
MediaShift:
Google Blocks Chrome Browser Use in Syria, Iran  —  Recently, I learned from Joshua Landis' Syria Comment, my main source for news and analysis concerning Lebanon's eastern neighbor, that Google has blocked the use of its new web browser, Chrome, in Syria.  —  A quick Google search turned …
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Even Search Not Immune to Financial Malaise  —  Google Preps for Worst as Ad Budgets Get Cut but Might Actually Benefit  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — How bad is the economy getting?  Bad enough that even Google is learning to cinch its purse strings.  —  The online-advertising giant …
Dan Tynan / PC World:
Will the Real Spam King Please Stand Up?  —  Many vie for the title, but only one can be crowned the true Spam King, Bane of Internet Users.  —  Recommends  —  As more and more spammers are arrested, prosecuted, and sued under state and federal antispam statutes, there's one thing you can count on …
 
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Ian Lamont / Industry Standard:
Tech stocks rebound; Microsoft, Apple, Google, RIM see double-digit rises
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Will Video Search Ads Be YouTube's Money Mint?
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Bits and paidContent.org
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Q&A: Bill Me Later's Gary Marino on surviving eight years before a …
Discussion: The Next Web
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
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Vuze Takes A Gamble With New Client
Discussion: TorrentFreak
 Earlier Items: 
Sound & Vision Magazine:
Satellite vs. Blu-ray: DISHing up 1080p
Discussion: Engadget HD
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
YouTube fumbles remote with full-length TV shows
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Challenges from large scale computing at Google
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
MyThings Raises $5 Million to Help you Organize Your Stuff
Discussion: VentureBeat
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
GoDaddy Unveils Mainstream Social Web Aggregator
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
The 15 dumbest names for Web 2.0 startups
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Joining Mozilla to create new developer tools for the Web …