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3:40 PM ET, October 20, 2009


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Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek:
Apple Announces Major Consumer PC Upgrades  —  Hot on the heels of its knockout earnings report from last night, Apple is seizing more attention today with a significant upgrade to its consumer PC lines, specifically the entry-level MacBook, the iMac, and the Mac Mini.  —  Here's the rundown:
Janette Barrios / Apple:
Apple Updates MacBook With LED-Backlit Display, Multi-Touch Trackpad & Built-in Seven-Hour Battery  —  Apple® today updated its popular MacBook® with a new, durable polycarbonate unibody design featuring a brilliant LED-backlit display, a glass Multi-Touch™ trackpad …
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Apple overhauls iMac line, with 21.5-, 27-inch models  —  All-in-one line to also add a quad-core processor  —  Apple on Tuesday announced a major update to its iMac line of desktop computers, replacing the old 20- and 24-inch models with new 21.5-inch and 27-inch models featuring …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Introduces Magic Mouse - A Multi-Touch Mouse  —  Apple introduced a new multi-touch mouse today called “Magic Mouse”.  The mouse uses the same multi-touch technology found in the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Mac notebook trackpads.  The entire surface of the mouse is a seamless multi-touch surface.
Apple updates Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme with speed boost  —  Both the AirPort Extreme wireless networking tool and Time Capsule backup appliance were given speed and performance upgrades by Apple on Tuesday.  —  The minor hardware updates for the AirPort Extrem and Time Capsule include …
Apple quietly unveils new hardware remote  —  Amidst a number of new product launches Tuesday, Apple also released a new aluminum remote that can be used with any Mac or iPod Universal Dock.  —  The new remote eschews the iPod shuffle-like buttons of the previous product.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Macworld, TUAW and Engadget
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Apple updates Mac mini, adding server configuration  —  The new Mac Mini server configuration, which lacks an internal optical drive.  —  PEOPLE WHO READ THIS ALSO READ:  —  Apple on Tuesday announced an update to the Mac mini line of compact desktop Mac systems, adding faster processors …
Scott Moritz /
Exclusive: Google Plans Its Own Android Phone  —  NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Move over, Apple (AAPL Quote), Research In Motion (RIMM Quote) and Motorola (MOT Quote), Google (GOOG Quote) is jumping into the smartphone market with an Android phone of its own.  —  In what is likely to be seen …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Gets A Little More Serious About Using Twitter  —  While the various forms of social media are becoming increasingly important to brands, Apple is one company that hasn't exactly rushed to get involved.  Sure, they have a few accounts here and there, but they're not exactly Google …
Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Calgary live photos: Verizon's second Motorola Android device  —  If you thought you were in Android heaven, think again.  We've just been given the go-ahead from one of our Motorola connects, and what you're looking at is the Motorola Calgary (that's a codename you might remember) slated to hit Verizon.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble officially launches nook e-reader: $259, pre-orders are live (video)  —  Looks like all those whispers were true — the “Android-based” nook is alive and well, and it's calling itself the planet's “most advanced e-book reader.”  Measuring 7.7- x 4.9- x 0.5-inches and weighing 11.2 ounces …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble ‘Nook’ …
Daniel Roth / Wired News:
The Answer Factory: Fast, Disposable, and Profitable as Hell  —  If Christian Muñoz-Donoso is going to make this job pay, he's got to move quickly.  He has a list of 10 videos to shoot on this warm June morning, for which he'll earn just $200.  To get anything close to his usual rate, he'll have to do it all in two hours.
Discussion: MediaMemo and Media Decoder
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Why the Borg's copycat business model no longer works  —  So I had brunch with Larry yesterday and he showed up carrying the Sunday Times and we were talking about the huge and incredibly embarrassing photo (above) of Ballmer that they ran on the front of their business cover.
Tim Karr /
AT&T Boss Asks Employees to Fake It  —  AT&T has “asked' its employees to fake it in the fight against Net Neutrality.  —  The company's top policy officer sent a memo to workers on Monday urging them to hide their company affiliation before posting anti-Net Neutrality comments to the Federal Communication Commission's Web site.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Mobile 6.5.1, the 6.5 that should have been  —  Windows Mobile 6.5.1 screenshots courtesy Patrick/  —  Most of you probably know by now that Windows Mobile 6.5 is not the be all end all Microsoft mobile operating system.  However, what you might not know is that Microsoft …
Vincent Paquet / Google Voice Blog:
About Voicemail and Privacy  —  There have been some conflicting reports yesterday about Google Voice voicemails being searchable online, so we wanted to clarify how Google Voice works.  —  Google Voice lets you access your voicemails online from your inbox.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
City committee declines to recommend Google e-mail contract  —  Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Bernard C. Parks.  —  Credit: David Sarno / Los Angeles Times.  —  The Los Angeles City Council's Budget and Finance Committee agreed Monday evening to abstain from voting on a proposed contract …
Discussion: CNET News and DailyFinance
Jeff Gillis / Google Analytics Blog:
Google Analytics Now More Powerful, Flexible And Intelligent  —  Today, we're announcing a new set of Google Analytics features which builds on last year's enterprise-class feature launch.  Some add more power to existing capabilities.  Others provide new flexibility to further customize …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Adweek, Thanks:atul
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Sorry About Lap Dancers at Hack Day in Taiwan-So What's the Excuse for Last Year's Go-Go Girls?  —  One word: Shameful.  —  So, no surprise that Yahoo (YHOO), which is trying mightily to burnish its image worldwide, quickly apologized for the presence of women lap dancers onstage at its Open Hack Day in Taiwan last weekend.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Internet Archive's BookServer could ‘dominate’ Amazon  —  SAN FRANCISCO—An initiative in the works from the nonprofit Internet Archive to centralize the electronic distribution of commercially viable books could upend the publishing industry and declaw, an industry analyst said.
What, you too?  YouTube to stream live U2 concert  —  U2's concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California on Sunday will be streamed live on video-sharing website YouTube, the band have announced.  —  Manager Paul McGuinness said that, as the gig was already being filmed, it was …
Discussion: AppScout
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Sears piles onto book price war with Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target  —  This is beginning to look like an ecommerce death match.  As Wal-Mart, and Target engage in a price war over hotly anticipated hardcover books, retailer Sears is trying to get a piece of the action.
PC World:
AMD Announces First Triple-core Athlon Processors  —  Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday announced a new range of desktop microprocessors, including its first Athlon triple-core processors.  —  AMD launched four Athlon II X3 triple-core processors as part of a new lineup that slips in between …
Independent musicians set for windfall after YouTube deal  —  Dizzee Rascal, Travis, Speech Debelle and a host of other artists set benefit after group representing 200 smaller labels signs global licensing and marketing deal with online video giant  —  Dizzee Rascal, Travis …
AUO News Center:
AUO Unveils Flexible E-Paper Technology  —  World's largest* E-Paper Module Will Debut in FPD International 2009  —  Dedicated to the development of green innovation, AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the “Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) today announced a series of innovative e-paper technology applications …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Teen virtual world Meez sees profit  —  Meez, a start-up that expanded last year from an avatar creation service into a full-out virtual world for teens, is touting some good news: it's been profitable since April and “every month is better than the last month,” CEO John Cahill told CNET News.
Live Mesh:
Mac Software, Snow Leopard Support Now Available  —  A new version of the Live Mesh Mac software is available that provides support for both Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) and Snow Leopard (10.6).  Leopard users are not required to install this release.  —  To upgrade to this new release, you will need to reinstall Live Mesh for Mac.
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