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11:55 PM ET, April 13, 2010

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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
New MacBook Pros support audio over Mini DisplayPort  —  Those hooking up the latest MacBook Pros to an HDTV using an HDMI adapter can now do so a little more easily: Apple has updated its implementation of Mini DisplayPort to pass audio signals through to any device that supports them.
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Apple:
Apple Updates MacBook Pro Line  —  Faster Processors, Next-Generation Graphics & Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life  —  Apple® today updated the MacBook® Pro line with faster processors, powerful next-generation NVIDIA graphics and even longer battery life.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
MacBook Pro 15-inch Core i7 Benchmarked: It's So Fast  —  The new 17 and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Core i5/i7 processors are fast.  Fast.  Overall I'd say they're about 50% faster than the last gen Core 2 Duos, which is about the same bump the iMacs got with Core i7.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Nvidia says new MacBook Pro graphics switching isn't Optimus  —  The automatic graphic switching capabilities in the new 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros are accomplished with a solution created entirely by Apple, and do not rely on Nvidia's established Optimus technology.
Discussion: Engadget, MacRumors, TechSpot and TUAW
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Inside Apple's automatic graphics switching  —  Apple touts the automatic graphics switching in its new 15" and 17" MacBook Pros as a “breakthrough technology from Apple.”  Some readers scoffed at the description earlier today, assuming (as we originally did) that Apple was using NVIDIA's Optimus technology.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Twitter's Costolo: Promoted Tweets And The Importance Of ‘Resonance’  —  With Twitter's big announcement of how it plans to make money with Promoted Tweets out of the way, the micro-blogging service's COO Dick Costolo took the stage at the Ad Age Digital Conference to sell the idea.
Discussion: AdAge, broadstuff and GeekSugar
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter to Rival Ad Players: Tread Carefully
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Hello World  —  Although our services extend beyond the Web …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Twitter apps Echofon, 140Proof: We're going to monetize our own way
Discussion: OneRiot Blog and MediaMemo
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Adobe Prepping Lawsuit Against Apple  —  This whole Apple/Adobe spat is about to get a lot uglier, according to IT World.  Their sources say Adobe is prepping for a major lawsuit against Apple in the coming weeks.  The updated SDK that was released with the iPhone 4. dev kit seems …
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Sjvn / ITworld.com:
Adobe vs. Apple is going to get uglier
PC World:
Intel Puts Google's Android on Atom Smartphones  —  Intel has ported Google's Android mobile operating system to smartphones based on its Atom microprocessors, an Intel executive said Tuesday.  —  Intel already has Android running on Atom-based smartphones and certain customers are interested in using it …
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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Studying Whether to Have Own Smartphone Software  —  HTC Corp., Taiwan's largest mobile- phone maker, is studying whether to equip phones with its own operating system, a move that may intensify competition with Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp.  —  “We continue to assess …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Currently Testing New “Questions” Product  —  Some users have begun reporting seeing a new “Questions” product within their homepage, something oddly similar to Quora, a product developed by ex-Facebook employees that also recently raised funding at an $86 million valuation.
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
What's the Deal With Facebook's Q&A Competitor?  Blake Ross Answers on Quora
Discussion: paidContent and All Facebook
MacDailyNews:
RUMOR: Apple to unveil next-gen iPhone on June 22; Evidence of Verizon iPhone found in online logs?  —  “Although no confirmations have yet come from Apple (naturally), there is speculation that the big [next-gen iPhone] reveal could take place on June 22nd,” Messany reports for ModMyi.
PR Newswire:
Twelve Major Broadcast Groups to Form Joint Venture to Develop National Mobile Content Service  —  Belo Corp., Cox Media Group, E.W. Scripps Co., Fox, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television Inc., ION Television, Media General Inc., Meredith Corp., NBC, Post-Newsweek Stations Inc …
Ethan Smith / Digits:
ABC Sees Success in iPad App  —  ABC is the only television network so far to offer an application for watching its shows free—with ads—on Apple Inc.'s new iPad tablet computer, and it says its business model is proving fruitful. … The network said that in the 10 days since the iPad's debut …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Spreads Across The Web, Launches Official Share Buttons  —  You may remember that soon after Google Buzz launched, our crack developer Andy Brett made the Internet's first Google Buzz Button, which you could use to share our stories to the new service.
Alastair Tse / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Mobile App for iPad now available in the App Store  —  We're pleased to announce that a new iPad-friendly version of Google Mobile App is now available in the App Store worldwide.  By “iPad-friendly”, we mean that this new version has been designed to show neatly on the iPad's screen …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Groupon Raises Huge New Round at $1.2 Billion Valuation  —  Fast growing Groupon, fresh off a $30 million round of financing that valued the company at around $250 million, is back raising new money.  They have closed or are in the process of closing new venture money at a $1.2 billion valuation …
Discussion: Local Onliner and PE Hub Blog
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
HTC Incredible specs  —  One of our Verizon connects just came through for us in a huge way by passing along the entire spec list for the fast approaching HTC Incredible.  There's not a whole lot for us to say with this one so we'll let the specs do the talking, but damn can we not wait to finally get our hands on this phone.
bit.ly blog:
bit.ly 1.3  —  We are on our way to Chirp and we are excited to meet many new and emerging companies and discuss bit.ly and the bit.ly API.  Since the day we founded bit.ly, we've aimed to provide a simple service that does a few things very well — we believe the world of social distribution …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
US government finally admits most piracy estimates are bogus  —  We've all seen the studies trumpeting massive losses to the US economy from piracy.  One famous figure, used literally for decades by rightsholders and the government, said that 750,000 jobs and up to $250 billion a year …
Discussion: Techdirt and CNET News
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Google Tablet Could Be Good News for Adobe  —  As Ashlee Vance and I report in a Monday article, Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Microsoft and a suite of other companies are hard at work on products that they hope will be iPad killers.  —  Apple will likely swat at most of these companies …
 
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Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Spring Design's Android-based Alex e-reader ships tomorrow
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Tough love: Gawker finds making it harder for comments to be seen …
Discussion: Kotaku and TidBITS, Thanks:atul
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Qualcomm to let phones record mobile TV shows
Discussion: PR Newswire and Tech Trader Daily
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Skype and colleagues to FCC: Declare yourself fit to regulate the net
Discussion: internetnews.com and Slate
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Eric Schmidt Is the Nicest Guy in Tech
Discussion: Help Net Security and TechCrunch
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Estimate: 800,000 U.S. Households Abandoned Their TVs For The Web
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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