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12:50 AM ET, April 14, 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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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: MacRumors, TechSpot, Engadget 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.
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.
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  —  You think things are bad now between Apple and Adobe?  Just wait until the lawsuit.  —  2 I like it!  —  Usually I write about security here, but Apple's iron-bound determination to keep Adobe Flash out of any iWhatever device is about to blow up in Apple's face.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel CEO: New dual-core Atom chip coming  —  Intel will bring out a new dual-core Atom in the second quarter, CEO Paul Otellini said Tuesday during an earnings conference call.  —  Because Intel already has a dual-core Atom for small desktops, called Nettops, Otellini is likely referring …
Discussion: Engadget
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PC World:
Intel Puts Google's Android on Atom Smartphones
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter to Rival Ad Players: Tread Carefully  —  Twitter has started showing ads to its users.  But Twitter is not the only one doing that-there's a host of start-ups trying to insert ads into the Twitter stream, and more on the way.  —  So here's a question: Will Twitter force publishers …
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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.
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
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 …
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Labor group: Chinese teens ‘like prisoners’ in Microsoft tech factory  —  Thousands of Chinese teens and young adults work 15 hours a day at 65 cents per hour, prohibited from talking or listening to music, in abysmal conditions at the KYE Systems factory where they assemble Microsoft hardware …
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 …
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Spring Design's Android-based Alex e-reader ships tomorrow  —  Spring Design's Android-based, dual-screen e-reader named “Alex” made a sudden and noticeable splash when it was announced one day before book retailer Barnes and Noble debuted its Android-powered Nook e-reader, and then Spring Design sued them over it.
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
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Twitter apps Echofon, 140Proof: We're going to monetize our own way  —  Two Twitter-related startups say they're not fazed by the company's recent moves of launching an ad network and acquiring competing startups.  In fact, the two companies you would imagine that would be most devastated by Twitter's recent decisions are teaming up.
Discussion: OneRiot Blog and MediaMemo
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft downplays Infosys IT outsourcing deal  —  It feels as though Microsoft execs may have been caught more than a bit off-guard by an announcement from Infosys on April 13, which was headlined “Infosys Technologies to Manage Microsoft's Internal IT Services.”
 
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Tough love: Gawker finds making it harder for comments to be seen …
Discussion: Kotaku and TidBITS, Thanks:atul
bit.ly blog:
bit.ly 1.3  —  We are on our way to Chirp and we are excited …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Qualcomm to let phones record mobile TV shows
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:
NetVibes Launches A Realtime Tracking Platform With Instant Dashboards
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Eric Schmidt Is the Nicest Guy in Tech
Discussion: Help Net Security and Gawker
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Estimate: 800,000 U.S. Households Abandoned Their TVs For The Web
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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