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9:07 PM ET, February 23, 2011

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Arn / MacRumors:
13-Inch MacBook Pro Specs, Photos, Light Peak Known As Thunderbolt?  [Confirmed]  —  Fscklog posts a photo of what is believed to be from the box of the new 13" MacBook Pro that Apple is planning to release on Thursday.  Amongst the features, the name of Apple's Light Peak implementation: Thunderbolt.
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Apple's Macs Bid iSight Goodbye, Welcome FaceTime HD (And Low-Def FaceTime)  —  Leaked packaging from Apple's new MacBook Pro computers confirms a change that has been a long time in coming: Apple is officially changing the names of its built-in Mac cameras from “iSight” to “FaceTime,” …
Bloomberg:
Apple Investors Pass Measure for Bigger Say in Board Vote  —  Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. investors, gathered today at an annual meeting, passed a measure that gives them more say over which directors get elected, while rejecting another that would force management to disclose executive succession plans.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple shareholders reject succession proposal
Andy Baio / Waxy.org:
How I Indexed The Daily  —  For the last three weeks, I've indexed The Daily.  Now that my free trial's up, I've had an intimate look at what they have to offer and, sad to say, I don't plan on subscribing.  As a result, I'm ending The Daily: Indexed, my unofficial table of contents for every article they published publicly.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Clayman: The Daily's Free Trial Run Will Continue
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple announces iPad 2 event for March 2  —  Apple on Wednesday sent an invitation to media inviting them to a special event on March 2 in San Francisco, Calif.  —  According to the invitation received by The Loop, the event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10:00 am.
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
iPad 2 could be in short supply at launch
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Crush-Stalking App Breakup Notifier Amasses Over 3.6M Users, Is Shut Down By Facebook  —  Just Monday we were writing about Breakup Notifier, a Facebook app that raked in more than 100,000 users in less than 24 hours and as of 5 hours ago had a more than modest 3,673,484 users in its database ... And then poof!
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's Windows Phone 7: When bad things happen to good phones  —  Windows Phone 7 devices began shipping last October to largely positive reviews.  I had a chance to check one out and saw enough to like that I seriously considered making WP7 my first smartphone — and my first Windows phone.
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Everything that can go wrong with Windows Phone 7 update does
Daniel Bailey / ConceivablyTech:
Chrome OS To Get HW Acceleration, Mac/Linux/ Windows Support  —  Google's Chrome OS team is rethinking the Chrome OS windowing approach and is developing a multi-window interface for Chrome OS as well as hardware acceleration to support new visual effects and pixel shaders.
Discussion: Telegraph
New York Magazine:
SEC Decides It Might Be a Good Idea to Investigate How Facebook and Twitter Are Trading Shares  —  We're not sure what exactly prompted the SEC toward investigating secondary markets, which allow private companies like Facebook and Twitter to buy and sell shares without revealing any significant financial information.
David / Signal vs. Noise:
The end of the IT department  —  When people talk about their IT departments, they always talk about the things they're not allowed to do, the applications they can't run, and the long time it takes to get anything done.  Rigid and inflexible policies that fill the air with animosity.
@chuckdude:
Why Amazon Isn't Worried About Apple's In-App Purchasing Rules  —  With Apple's recent changes to the rules for In-App Purchasing, a lot of people have been wondering how this might affect the Kindle app for iOS.  If you're currently using the Kindle app on the iPhone or iPad …
Discussion: Fortune, TUAW and MacStories
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
MP3.com founder launches DAR.fm, a DVR for the radio  —  Michael Robertson, who already participated in one reinvention of the music business by founding MP3.com, is launching a new way to listen to talk radio and music.  —  His startup is called DAR.fm (DAR stands for “digital audio recorder” …
Marc Graser / Variety:
Southwest Airlines partners with Apple's iTunes  —  Southwest Airlines partners with Apple's iTunes  —  Southwest Airlines may not have video screens built into the backs of its airplane seats, but that doesn't mean the carrier can't offer its passengers inflight entertainment — and turn it into a new revenue stream.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
An Apple Patent Gives us a Peek at Photo Booth for iOS Devices +  —  On January 12, 2011, BGR reported that a source had revealed to them that Apple's Photo Booth was coming to the iPad.  The very next day 9 to 5 Mac added to this news by stating that they had discovered two new iOS 4.3 frameworks …
Discussion: TUAW, App Advice and MacStories
Danilo Campos / @theHipmunk blog:
Hipmunk for iPhone  —  tl;dr Hipmunk has an iPhone app and building it was a lot of fun.  —  It started with me bored and pissed off.  Pissed that so much of the world just didn't care about doing things well.  As therapy, I banged out a blog post about my frustrations.
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat, SAI, Tools and Mashable!
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Judge: Ex-Microsoft GM can't work in his new Salesforce job  —  A former Microsoft general manager's new job as a senior vice president at Salesforce.com “appears to be a direct violation of his non-compete agreement” with the Redmond company, a King County Superior Court judge said from the bench …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sprint renames the HTC 7 Pro the Arrive, launching it tomorrow  —  Punch sprint.com/arrive into your address bar and the above is what you shall find.  Not a generic error marker but a URL-specific “coming soon” message that would seem to confirm the existence and indeed near-future arrival of the HTC Arrive.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple's N.C. Data Center Intended for iTunes, MobileMe  —  Apple's finally getting ready to light up its North Carolina data center.  Asked about the facility during the company's shareholder meeting today, COO Tim Cook said it's on track to open this spring, according to reports.
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Zynga The Most Profitable Company Ever?  —  Zynga's made a $400 million profit on $850 million revenues in 2010, reports the WSJ.  —  If that's true, that's an astounding 47% profit margin.  —  47%!  —  By way of comparison, Google's profit margin is is 29% and Apple's is 28% …
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Spotify close to Universal deal, may launch without Warner  —  (Reuters) - Spotify, the popular European digital music service is “a few weeks away” from inking a deal for U.S. rights to songs from the world's largest music company Universal Music Group, according to people familiar with the talks.
Discussion: Electronista
Sahas Katta / Skatter Tech:
How My Smart Phone Got Me Out Of A Speeding Ticket In Traffic Court  —  Last year a traffic cop pulled me over while driving home and handed me a speeding ticket.  Although nervous and somewhat startled since it was my first time getting caught, I ended up walking out of traffic court …
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Scvngr finds 1 million users willing to complete location challenges  —  Scvngr, the maker of a check-in app that asks users to complete activity challenges, is defying the conventional wisdom that services which broadcast one's location to friends aren't ready for the mainstream.
Discussion: Mobile Entertainment
E.A. Vander Veer / O'Reilly Radar:
5 assumptions about social search  —  As any comp sci major knows, data is nothing more than a pile of facts.  It takes meaning to turn data into useful, meaningful, actionable information.  —  And applying meaning to a pile of data is exactly what's behind the recent partnership between Facebook and Microsoft's Bing.
 
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
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