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2:50 PM ET, October 16, 2010

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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Is this the new MacBook Air?  —  We just received this shot of what is purportedly the inside of the new MacBook Air.  Contrary to popular belief, the machine appears to be another 13.3-incher, with the primary modification being extra room for battery cells and apparently no room for a hard drive.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
MacBook Air Apparent: I Have Never Used My Computer's Optical Drive  —  There's this weird slit in the side of my MacBook Pro.  It almost seems like a credit card swipe, or a receipt dispenser, or an air vent, or something.  Oh wait.  That's an optical drive.  You'll forgive me if I wasn't sure.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
More details surface on Apple's next-generation MacBook Airs  —  A few more alleged details on Apple's forthcoming revamp of the MacBook Air line continue to trickle in, with one data point likely providing an explanation for the photo of a unreleased 13.3-inch MacBook Air design that surfaced overnight.
Discussion: Electronista
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: Apple to unveil revamped 11.6-inch MacBook Air next week
TechCrunch:
Why Twitter Is Massively Undervalued Compared To Facebook  —  Twitter was valued at one billion dollars in its last round of financing, but we believe it may in fact be severely undervalued relative to Facebook because Twitter's value proposition is less obvious.
Thanks:rawmeet
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple's Steve Jobs pings Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg for dinner  —  Did Steve Jobs friend, er ping, Mark Zuckerberg?  —  They are two of Silicon Valley's most famous founders: Jobs created the world's must-have gadgets, Zuckerberg the world's most popular social networking service.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Leanback Freshens Up For Google TV's Debut  —  One of the things that Google thinks you'll do with Google TV is watch a lot of Google video, via YouTube.  That's why the search giant introduced a “Leanback” version of the site, designed for couch-bound surfers, over the summer.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Playing With YouTube Leanback On Google TV: Nice!  —  Today at YouTube, I had a chance to play briefly with YouTube Leanback, best described as a way to channel surf YouTube on your regular TV.  It was pretty cool.  Here's my quick impressions and a short video of it in action.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Create an Instant SMS Chatroom on Your Phone  —  This post is part of Mashable's Spark of Genius series, which highlights a unique feature of startups.  The series is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark.  If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
US, Canada have priciest cell phone plans in the world  —  Mobile users in the US and Canada tend to pay more for a complete cell phone package than anyone else in the world, according to a new report from the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative (OTI).
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Instant Coming to Mobile & I Can't Wait  —  Google plans to introduce Google Instant on mobile devices such as the iPhone and BlackBerry before the end of the year, company VP Jonathan Rosenberg told a group of Wall Street analysts on its quarterly earnings call yesterday.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Next Android Release To Be Called ‘Ice Cream’  —  In the playful world of Google, it looks like Ice Cream will come after Gingerbread and  —  Honeycomb.  —  Let me explain.  —  One of the charms of Google's Android mobile platform is that the company names each release after a dessert, in alphabetical order.
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Costco dropping iPod over iPad snub?  —  Membership club Costco, the third-largest retailer in the U.S., is preparing to cease carrying iPods, according to an iLounge source who asked not to be identified.  Based on the report, which notes that iPods have already disappeared from the company's web site …
 
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Chris Dury / GetJar Developer Blog:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
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