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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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's new Macs: Marketing by spy shot  —  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 …
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 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, Gizmodo and Obsessable
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
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 …
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Chippy / UMPCPortal:
Eee PC ‘Seashell’ 1008HA Image Set
Discussion: Steve Poland and Engadget
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Suit over $5K netbook 3G data bill; AT&T says “read the TOS”  —  Oklahoma resident Billie Parks signed up for RadioShack's $100 netbook deal, but didn't think committing to a two-year AT&T data contract would leave her with a $5,000 bill for her first month of service.
Discussion: The Toybox and GottaBeMobile.com
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: VentureBeat, Forbes and Digits
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK & Europe:
Rob Williams of Dolphin Music dies in Alps skiing accident  —  Rob Williams, co-founder of one of the UK's leading online companies Dolphin Music, died in a skiing accident yesterday evening while on holiday in the Swiss Alps.  Mr Williams had been part of a group break for UK entrepreneurs in the ski resort of Verbier.
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 …
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 …
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 and Teching It Easy
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: Ars Technica, Slyck, The Register and p2pnet
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
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 …
Joe Fay / The Register:
Asus keyboard PC due May.  Or maybe June  —  Asus' Eee PC Keyboard could appear as early as May the firm's bosses confirmed at CeBit today.  —  Company chairman Jonney Shih said the firm was shooting for a Q2 launch for the the device, which incorporates a fully fledged PC and touchpad into a standard five-inch deep keyboard.
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Bad Year For Bonuses?  Not For Google Execs  —  Bonuses on Wall Street may be getting slashed, but executives at plenty of other big companies are still getting their year-end payouts—even if, unlike in recent years, they aren't quite enough to buy that Napa winery or mansion in the Hamptons.
Discussion: Between the Lines and CNET News
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.
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 and Caterina.net, Thanks:atul
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
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Pumps More Funding Into Search Marketing Startup Kenshoo  —  Israel-based search engine marketing (SEM) automator Kenshoo has received another capital injection from its existing backers Sequoia Capital and Arts Alliance.  —  As with the Series A round, this second round …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Gigabyte Touch Note M1028 hits CeBIT 2009  —  After the niche-carving success of their M912, Gigabyte are back with a new touchscreen convertible netbook.  Debuted at CeBIT, the Gigabyte Touch Note M1028 has an 10.1-inch swiveling touchscreen, comes with up to Intel's 1.66GHz Atom N280 processor and has a 160GB hard-drive.
Discussion: Liliputing and GottaBeMobile.com
Nokia:
Nokia releases new Qt developer offerings to increase productivity and performance  —  New offerings include Qt 4.5, Qt Creator IDE version 1.0, and the new Qt SDK  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced the availability of version 4.5 of the Qt cross-platform application and UI framework.
Discussion: All About Symbian and Phone Scoop
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Media Temple Gives Credits for 38-Hour Outage  —  Los Angeles web hosting company Media Temple will issue $100,000 in service credits to 3,000 customers affected by a major outage of its (gs) Grid-Service hosting service, the company said yesterday.  The downtime on (gs) …
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Why Intel is sharing its secret sauce  —  Since Intel first began cooking up semiconductors, it has taken great pride in its in-house manufacturing chops.  If a chip carried the Intel brand, you could be sure it was created in an Intel fab.  —  Today the pride is the same, but the methods are changing.
 
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