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1:40 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:
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo and TUAW
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 a 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 …
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
Simon Willison / Simon Willison's Weblog:
This shouldn't be the image of Hack Day  —  I love hack days.  I was working in the vicinity of Chad Dickerson when he organised the first internal Yahoo! Hack Day back in 2005, and I've since participated in hack day events at Yahoo!, Global Radio and the Guardian.
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.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple execs book flight time for mystery product, ‘not iPhone’, bafflement follows  —  We're deciphering Apple executives and their fourth quarter statements right now - but the initial take away at this stage is the company's mysterious admission that “air freight costs” are set to rise “abnormally” in the company's first quarter.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple earnings: How the analysts got it so wrong
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble ‘Nook’ e-reader with color touchscreen out Tuesday for $259, says WSJ (update: Best Buy connection?)  —  Looks like the cat's out of the bag.  The Wall Street Journal's had a glimpse at what it says is an upcoming ad for Barnes & Noble's impending announcement …
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.
U2 gig to be streamed on YouTube  —  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 “the perfect opportunity to extend the party beyond the stadium”.
Discussion: AppScout
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: DailyFinance
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.
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 …
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.
Bill Slawski / SEO by the Sea:
Google Trust Rank Patent Granted  —  If you've ever heard or seen the phrase “Trustrank” before, it's possible that whoever was writing about it, or referring to it was discussing a paper titled Combating Web Spam with TrustRank (pdf).  While the paper was the joint work of researchers …
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Twitter hits five billion tweets  —  Former Current Media executive Robin Sloan appears to have posted Twitter's five billionth tweet, in the form of a reply to another user that otherwise read only “Oh lord.”  —  The landmark status of Sloan's tweet, which he has nicknamed “The Pentagigatweet …
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 …
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 …
Business Wire:
TomTom Unveils Integrated Navigation Infotainment Solution  —  ~ TomTom GO I-90 Double DIN Solution Brings Integrated Navigation to All Cars ~  —  AMSTERDAM—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The TomTom (AEX:TOM2) GO I-90 doesn't stop at navigation - it's a double DIN navigation and radio solution …
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With N900, Nokia Still Not Close to the iPhone  —  The biggest challenge for any touchscreen smartphone, no matter how good or great it is, is that it will almost always be compared to the iPhone.  Some of them, like Verizon's Droid and Research In Motion's BlackBerry Storm, seek that comparison.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and VoIP Watch
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft restoring Sidekick contacts today, more data later
Laura DiDio / ITIC:
ITIC/Sunbelt Software survey: 80% of Users Give Windows 7 High Marks …
Jim Reilly / IGN:
EA: Core Business Model a ‘Burning Platform’
Discussion: CrunchGear
Duncan Graham-Rowe / Technology Review:
Cell Phones to Go 3-D
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Net neutrality pitting Web giants against state AGs, mayors
Discussion: eWeek
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Scoreloop will help iPhone developers make their games social
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: TechCrunch
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The New Twitter Hole That Probably Isn't
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Steven Levy / Wired News:
Mob Rule! How Users Took Over Twitter
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gawker
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
First Images: BlackBerry Watch is FOR REAL!