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9:50 PM ET, July 27, 2010

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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Apple iMac line gets speedbumped, low-end gets a Core i3  —  It's not as if we haven't heard the rumors building over the last few months, but Apple's long-standing iMac line is seeing its first real update since the Fall of last year on this fine morning.  As predicted, the refreshed iMac line …
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Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Apple's Magic Trackpad Is Here  —  Apple desktops have touchpads now too.  The new Magic Trackpad gives Mac Pro and iMac owners multitouch powers, gestures, and bluetooth connectivity.  —  The Magic Trackpad is basically a larger version of the MacBook Pro touchpad, with 80% more surface area for all your swiping and pinching.
Apple:
Apple Unveils New Mac Pro With Up to 12 Processing Cores  —  Apple® today unveiled a new Mac® Pro line with up to 12 processing cores and up to 50 percent greater performance than the previous generation.  * Featuring the latest quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Magic Trackpad Signals The End Of The Mouse Era  —  Easily the most interesting thing Apple unveiled today is the new Magic Trackpad.  Essentially, it's a larger version of the trackpads that ship with each MacBook and MacBook Pro.  But it's a stand-alone product, meant to be used with desktop computers.
Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
Dell Streak Update: Where We Are  —  Based on the strength of the number of pre-sales registrations for Dell Streak, we know there's a lot of you out there in the United States and beyond who are excited about the device.  You've made Dell Streak the most successful pre-sale we've ever offered, and we appreciate that.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell Streak retailing for $299 with contract, $549 without; Dell Aero gets launch deets as well  —  So, Dell still won't say when it will actually start selling and shipping the Streak in the US, but it did clear up a bit of confusion.  First off, folks who register with the Streak pre-sale …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Now Taps Into Facebook For Social Product Recommendations  —  It appears that Amazon has rolled out a new social feature integrating Facebook into your recommendations.  If you go your recommendations, Using Facebook Connect, Amazon will now serve you social recommendations based on information in your Facebook profile.
Evan Selleck / SlashGear:
Amazon Kindle Sold Out: No Estimated Date of Availability  —  To our recollection, this actually hasn't happened in quite some time.  To be exact, in 2008, when it was the original Kindle.  And, even then, Amazon managed to make sure they told customers when the Kindle would be coming back around, or shipping to their doorsteps.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Walt Disney Buys Playdom For Up To $763.2 Million  —  As had been widely expected, Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) is making a big move into social games, with the purchase of social game developer Playdom for up to $763.2 million.  The deal includes a “total consideration” of $563.2 million …
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Augen's $150 Android tablet hits Kmart circular, coming to stores later this week  —  We can't say we've heard of Augen before, but the company certainly sparked our interest (and that of Kmart circular readers) this weekend with its $149.99 7-inch Android tablet.
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Forrester: Why Most Marketers Should Forgo Foursquare  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Marketers, hold off on Foursquare — for now.  That's the verdict of Forrester Research on location-based start-ups, which, despite their reputation as the hot new media, are still too small for major marketers.
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
The Wannabe $19 Billion Facebook Man  —  The man who claims to own 84% of Facebook either stands to make lots of money or lots of trouble.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Paul Ceglia is trying to gain control of the biggest website on the planet.  He's sued Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg …
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Apple Sued Over Claims IPad Tablet Overheats in Sunlight, Warm Conditions  —  Apple Inc., the world's most valuable technology company, was sued over claims its iPad tablet overheats and fails to operate properly in warm conditions.  The complaint, filed July 23 in federal court in Oakland …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Closing In On Acquiring Hot Potato  —  We're hearing from sources close to the deal that Facebook is in late stage negotiations to buy Hot Potato, the social activity service.  The deal is not yet finalized from what we're hearing, but could be at any moment.  —  More to come.
Carl Howe / Yankee Group Blog:
Setting the record straight on iPhone and Android  —  From our July Report “Why iPhones Matter” analyzing Yankee Group's Link Data: 2010 U.S. Survey Suite, Wave 1-3  —  “There's lies, damned lies, and statistics.”  — Mark Twain  —  A number of reports over the weekend surfaced referencing …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
That Story Saying That Only 20% Of Android Owners Will Buy Another …
Royal Pingdom:
The top 20 countries on the Internet, and what the future might bring  —  The world is a big place, but so is the Internet.  We know which countries are the largest in the real world, but what about on the Internet?  —  This article examines which countries are the largest in terms of Internet users …
Discussion: DSLreports and ResourceShelf
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
SanDisk: We have the smallest USB flash drive  —  SanDisk on Tuesday unveiled what it calls the smallest USB flash drive in North America.  The drive weighs about the same as a penny and is the size of a paper clip.  —  The device, dubbed the SanDisk Cruzer Blade, is designed to be carried on a key chain or a mobile phone dongle.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel demos silicon photonics chips to transfer an HD movie in 1 second  —  Intel announced today that it has created a breakthrough data-transfer technology in its labs, using a combination of silicon chips and lasers to transfer data over a fiber optic cable at a speed of 50 gigabits per second.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Googzilla!  Yahoo Japan Confirms Google Switch From Yahoo for Both Paid and Algo Search  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  As BoomTown reported earlier today, Yahoo Japan confirmed it would switch its search technology and paid search provider to Google from Yahoo.
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft calls Google-Yahoo search pact in Japan anticompetitive
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