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11:50 AM ET, March 3, 2009

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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Announces New iMacs, Mac Minis, AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule  —  Apple today announced updates to its iMac and Mac mini desktop lines, including a 24-inch iMac and a Mac mini with new NVIDIA integrated graphics.  For the same $1,499 price as the previous generation 20-inch iMac …
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Apple Updates Consumer Desktop Line  —  24-inch iMac Starts at $1,499  —  Apple® today announced updates to its iMac® and Mac® mini desktop lines, including a 24-inch iMac that is priced more affordably than ever before and a Mac mini with powerful new integrated graphics.
AppleInsider:
Apple introduces new iMacs with more affordable pricing  —  Apple on Tuesday announced updates to its iMac line of all-in-one desktops, including a 24-inch iMac that is priced the same as the company's previous-generation 20-inch model.  —  The new iMac line starts with the 20-inch iMac …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Marketing by spy shot: New Macs (with specs)  —  Here's a thrifty marketing strategy tailor-made for these troubled times.  —  Rather than pay for all the accoutrements of a high-profile product roll-out — promotional media, special events, keynote speeches, etc. — just leak a few spy shots …
AppleInsider:
Apple's new AirPort, Time Capsule add dual-band networking  —  Apple on Tuesday refreshed its AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule wireless products by adding a new Guest Network feature and support for simultaneous 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz dual-band networking.  —  The new Guest Network feature allows …
Janette Barrios / Apple:
Apple Introduces New Mac Pro  —  Features Intel “Nehalem” Xeon Processors & High-Performance Graphics  —  Apple® today introduced the new Mac® Pro using Intel “Nehalem” Xeon processors and a next-generation system architecture to deliver up to twice the performance of the previous generation system.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple announces Nehalem based Mac Pro  —  News is just breaking across the wires as we speak, but Apple has announced a new Nehalem based Mac Pro with a starting price of $2,499.  The new systems feature a 2.26GHz or 2.66Ghz Xeon CPU, start with 3GB of memory, a 640GB hard drive, and the NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB of RAM.
Discussion: MacRumors and AppleInsider
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inchers get quiet CPU spec bump  —  While pouring over the metric ton of PR this morning, we didn't immediately notice that Apple has turned up the juice ever-so-slightly on MacBook Pro 15-inch models.  Instead of coughing up a CPU bump from 2.4GHz to 2.53GHz …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Obsessable and Gizmodo
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Amazon VOD Launches on the Roku  —  After much anticipation, Amazon VOD finally landed on the Roku player this morning, expanding the capabilities of the $99 set-top box beyond Netflix.  Roku owners will have access to Amazon's VOD library of more than 40,000 titles, including the ability …
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Marguerite Reardon / Crave:
Roku adds Amazon Video on Demand
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
A Sneak Peek Look at Microsoft's New Kumo: A Spidery Cloud?  A Cloudy Spider?  —  Here below are three screenshots of Microsoft's internal test of a new search product called Kumo.  —  The long expected upgrade to the Live Search product from Microsoft (MSFT) is being tested for a public rollout later this year.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Kumo: Doomed
Discussion: Beyond Binary, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Final Day of The Pirate Bay Trial  —  As The Pirate Bay returns after being offline all night, the lawyers of defendants Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Swartholm, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström present their closing statements to the court.  —  Apparently, Fredrik (TiAMO) got the site back up from inside the courtroom.
Discussion: The Register and p2pnet
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Brian Burke / NVIDIA Press Room:
New NVIDIA Notebook GPU Line-Up Features World's Fastest Mobile Notebook GPU  —  Industry-Leading Performance Combined with HD Video Processing, PhysX and CUDA Highlight New Family of GPUs Designed for Notebooks  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  —  CEBIT 2009—HANOVER, GERMANY—MARCH 3, 2009 …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Video: Jon Stewart explains Twitter (or tries to)  —  Earlier, we posted about Twitter chief executive Evan Williams explaining Twitter to Charlie Rose.  Tonight brings perhaps a better Twitter video explanation, compliments of comedian Jon Stewart.  —  In his Daily Show segment …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Socialtext Adds Twitter-like “Signals” And a Desktop AIR App  —  In yet another sign that this will be the year of the activity stream, Socialtext is adding a Twitter-like message stream to its enterprise wiki/workspace service, The new feature is called Socialtext Signals …
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
LG's Weapon: Netbooks  —  The company says it will start selling netbooks in the U.S. before July.  —  SEOUL, Korea—In the U.S., consumer electronics maker LG Electronics is best known for its cellphones and flat-screen TVs.  By this summer, the company hopes to make a name for itself in PCs too.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Tragic Last Days of Circuit City  —  Liquidation: It's an ugly word for the ugly process of shutting down a retailer by selling off stuff little by little until there's nothing left that anyone's going to buy at any price.  And my most recent visit to my local branch of the soon …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Eye-Fi Doubles Storage and Adds Video Support  —  Our beloved Eye-Fis (SD cards that add Wi-Fi to any digital camera) have finally gotten the bump from their 2GB standard.  Now Eye-Fi cards hold 4GB of photos and upload videos to YouTube/Flickr. … Essentially, Eye-Fi had a limited edition 4GB card …
Elad Blog:
Twitter is to Facebook as Google was to Yahoo!  —  My friend David King, (former Googler, founder and CEO of Lil Green Patch (# 1 social game on FB) and one of the smartest people I know) came up with an analogy I thought was really interesting to explore.  His basic premise:
Discussion: Beyond Search, Thanks:atul
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Khosla Ventures Goes Retro for New Blood  —  Pierre Lamond, a Silicon Valley veteran, was planning to retire from Sequoia Capital this year.  Instead, the 78-year-old has decided to join Khosla Ventures, the venture firm founded by Vinod Khosla.  —  “I was really looking at phasing out …
Discussion: Digits
Reid Hoffman / Washington Post:
Let Our Start-Ups Bail Us Out  —  President Obama noted last week that “we have lived through an era where, too often, short-term gains were prized over long-term prosperity.”  As the $787 billion stimulus is sorted out, we should consider not only what's there but also what's missing.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Brad / Liliputing:
Asus launches Eee PC 1008HA ultra-thin netbook  —  Asus officially launched the Eee PC 1008HA at CeBIT today.  The netbook is just 1 inch thick and weighs 2.4 pounds, which is pretty light by Asus 10 inch netbook standards.  —  The mini-laptop, formerly known as the Eee PC Shell almost looks …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
U.N. Says U.S. Internet & Telecom Lags, but It's Cheap  —  Last month, I wrote about one ranking of technology and communications that put the United States at the top of the world.  The United Nations has chimed in with its own ranking that places this country further back in the pack at No. 17.
Discussion: itu.int and mocoNews
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
Cellphone Sales Down Worldwide, Smartphone Sales Up in U.S.  —  So how hard has the economic crisis hit the mobile industry on the whole?  We've seen Sprint, Motorola, and plenty of others hurting over the last couple of months, but the overall effect worldwide hasn't been measured - that is …
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft: You Can Absolutely Run Office 14 On Windows XP  —  By and large, big business has shunned Windows Vista, and the big question for Microsoft (MSFT) over the next year is: Will the enterprise upgrade to (and buy hundreds of thousands of licenses for) Windows 7, or will they stick it out with XP for years to come?
Discussion: Softpedia News
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook and Oodle Launch New Classifieds Product Today  —  Today, Facebook and Oodle will announce the launch of the new classified product which will replace the old Marketplace application.  In contrast to the previous iteration of the application, all classified listings can be posted for free.
Phone Arena:
Sprint to pay $125 for referrals  —  Business is so cutthroat among cellular carriers, that we hear that Sprint now offers a plan that will pay $125 for each referral.  Now before you get excited and start wearing a sandwich board at the mall, there are conditions and rules that apply.
 
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