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1:55 AM ET, October 17, 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, MacRumors and 9 to 5 Mac
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: Apple to unveil revamped 11.6-inch MacBook Air next week
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp. Shuts Off Hulu Access To Cablevision Customers - And Turns It Back On [UPDATED]  —  UPDATE: That was fast.  People familiar with the situation say that News Corp. is changing tactics and will turn on access to Fox.com and Fox programming on Hulu for Cablevision's customers.
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.
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.
Discussion: Scripting News and Stowe Boyd, Thanks:rawmeet
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Facebook Bans All LOLapps Games and Apps  —  At midday on Friday, comments began to stream into our Critter Island review complaining that the game had disappeared.  It's now a day later, and Critter Island is still down, along with dozens of other apps we have listed in AppData for developer LOLapps.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Gamezebo
John Resig / jQuery Mobile:
jQuery Mobile Alpha 1 Released  —  Today we're pleased to announce the first alpha release of the jQuery Mobile project. jQuery Mobile is a user interface framework, built on top of jQuery, designed to simplify the process of building applications that target mobile devices.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Getting To The Bottom Of The Crazy Yahoo-Groupon Rumors  —  I've had an interesting few days trying to track down exactly what is and isn't going on with Yahoo and Groupon.  —  One source earlier this week said that a $1.7 billion acquisition was all but done, but Groupon's management team balked and killed the deal.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Apple's App Store crosses 300,000 apps  —  Apple's App Store now has more than 300,000 apps as of the past day.  —  Mobclix's data shows that in the past 24 hours, Apple crossed the 300,000 mark in terms of the number of apps, both free and paid, available to user for downloading.
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.
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!
 
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Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Microsoft Moves to Help Nonprofits Avoid Piracy-Linked Crackdowns
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Evan Williams Takes Questions On Twitter And Reveals Some Of What Could Be Next
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Motorola seeks to invalidate Apple phone patents
Discussion: IntoMobile and Patently Apple
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Apple Developing iAds for Video