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1:10 PM ET, February 24, 2011

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Apple:
Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Next Generation Processors, Graphics & Thunderbolt I/O Technology  —  Apple® today updated the industry-leading MacBook® Pro family with next generation processors and graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime® HD camera.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Launches $0.99 Mac FaceTime App on Mac App Store  —  Apple has launched the FaceTime for Mac App on the Mac App Store for $0.99: … The app was in public beta before this, but with the imminent launch of the new MacBook Pros, Apple has launched version 1.0.  New MacBook Pro owners will get FaceTime pre-installed.
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Apple Updates The MacBook Pro Line With Sandy Bridge Intel CPUs, AMD GPUs, FaceTime HD, and Thunderbolt  —  Happy Birthday, Steve!  Just like the rumors stated, Apple refreshed the entire line of MacBook Pros today, which just so happened to be Steve Jobs' birthday.
Discussion: AppleInsider, Crave and Softpedia News
Marco Chiappetta / HotHardware:
Intel Officially Announces Thunderbolt Technology, Formerly Codenamed Light Peak
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
A good demonstration of Light Peak/Thunderbolt
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Intel's Thunderbolt—The Stealth Effort to Take Over Every Wire on Your Desk
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Motorola's Xoom Starts Tablet Wars With iPad  —  After months of speculation, the tablet wars begin in earnest this week.  Motorola is releasing its Xoom tablet on Feb. 24, and I consider it the first truly comparable competitor to Apple's hit iPad.  That is partly because it is the first iPad challenger …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
An iPad lovers review of Motorola Xoom  —  You know I'm an iPad freak.  I was first in line to buy one and I've used it so much my screen is cracked.  —  It is the device that's changed my life more than any other in the past year, which, in a year that Microsoft Kinect shipped, is totally impressive.
Discussion: Inquirer and DailyTech, Thanks:ipadupdates
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Motorola Xoom tablet hit with trademark lawsuit right before launch  —  Well-funded online payment company Xoom Corporation doesn't want Motorola to use its name for the Android-based tablet computer slated to launch today.  —  Yesterday the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius filed …
Kellex / Droid Life:
Official Details of the 4G LTE Upgrade Process for the Motorola XOOM  —  For those of you heading into a Best Buy or Verizon store early tomorrow morning to pick up a Motorola XOOM, you are probably wondering how the upgrade process to 4G LTE will work and we have you covered.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Motorola Xoom With Honeycomb: A First Look Video
Apple:
Apple Releases Developer Preview of Mac OS X Lion  —  Apple® today released a developer preview of Mac OS® X Lion, which takes some of the best ideas from iPad™ and brings them back to the Mac® for the eighth major release of the world's most advanced operating system.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Releases A Developer Preview Of OS X Lion — Through The Mac App Store  —  Two days ago, we first reported that Apple was likely to release a developer beta of OS X Lion “soon”.  Well, how's this for soon?  This morning, alongside their new MacBook Pros, Apple has announced …
AppleInsider:
Apple releases dev preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion with AirDrop, FileVault
Discussion: MacStories and Technologizer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Exec David Eun Out - Here's His Email To Staff  —  David Eun, my boss's (Heather) boss since the acquisition, will shortly be leaving AOL.  As President of AOL Media and Studios he oversaw the AOL homepage as well as all of the content brands and sites.
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Edmund Lee / AdAge:
AOL's First Big Change for Huffington Post: Bigger Ads
Discussion: TechCrunch, SAI and Adotas
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Pre-HuffPo Merger Changes At AOL; Eun Leaving, Brod To Be Arianna's COO
Michael Stroh / The Windows Blog:
More answers about our first software update  —  It's been roughly 48 hours since we hit the send button on our first Windows Phone software update.  The rooms around me are buzzing with folks monitoring the rollout, sifting carefully through incoming phone health data (from customers who provide it) …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Disney Acquires Social Network For Kids Togetherville  —  Disney has just acquired Togetherville, a social network for kids 10 years of age or younger, we've confirmed with the company.  Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed at the moment.  —  Togetherville, which exited beta last year …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Discontinuing MobileMe Retail Boxes, Preparing for Free Overhauled Version?  [Updated]  —  Apple today notified resellers that it has discontinued the retail box version of MobileMe, shifting entirely to digital sales.  Existing stocks of boxed MobileMe can continue to be sold while their supplies last.
Bing:
Bing expands Facebook “Liked Results”  —  A few months ago, we announced an exciting partnership with Facebook to make search more social.  As part of that work, we introduced Liked Results, which promotes links your friends have publicly liked or shared via Facebook.
Dan Wallach / Freedom to Tinker:
Things overheard on the WiFi from my Android smartphone  —  Today in my undergraduate security class, we set up a sniffer so we could run Wireshark and Mallory to listen in on my Android smartphone.  This blog piece summarizes what we found.  — Google properly encrypts traffic to Gmail and Google Voice …
ifixit:
Samsung Galaxy S 4G Teardown  —  Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S 4G.  Not to be confused with the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, or Galaxy Tab, the Galaxy S 4G is Samsung's newest entry to the smartphone arena.  Join us today as we unravel the mysteries of the Galaxy S 4G.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Australia confirms ISPs are not copyright cops  —  The Federal Court of Australia has dismissed a case (read the ruling) from the movie industry which argued that ISPs must take action against file-swappers, based on allegations of infringement from copyright holders.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Enterprise Cloud Storage Platform Box.net Raises $48M From Andreessen Horowitz And Others  —  Cloud storage and collaboration startup Box.net has raised $48 million in new funding led by Meritech Capital Partners with Andreessen Horowitz, Emergence Capital Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Arrive is Sprint's first Windows Phone 7 device, launches March 20th for $200  —  Teased since Microsoft's launch event for Windows Phone 7 back in October of last year and recently launched in Europe as the 7 Pro, HTC's Arrive today becomes the very first CDMA device for the platform to be announced with a date and a price.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Announces More Ways to Publish to Users Who Click Like Buttons  —  Millions of websites and social games have implemented Facebook's Like button social plugin, yet relatively few are taking advantage of the capability to publish news feed stories to users that click those buttons.
 
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