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6:20 PM ET, February 24, 2011

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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Intel's Thunderbolt—The Stealth Effort to Take Over Every Wire on Your Desk  —  Intel's Light Peak data connection tech has evolved, and is now on sale in a real device—Apple's new MacBook Pros.  It's clever, super-fast, and is actually a stealthy trick to replace the rats nest of wires …
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Intel details Thunderbolt as exclusive to Apple until 2012  —  At a press conference earlier this morning, Intel offered additional information about its new Thunderbolt interconnect technology being pioneered by Apple in its latest batch of MacBook Pros, noting Apple will have a year long head start in deploying the technology.
Discussion: Electronista
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
What Thunderbolt Means for End Users  —  Apple and Intel today took the wrappers off of Thunderbolt, a new wired connection technology that combines data transfer and video output capabilities.  Thunderbolt appears standard in Apple's new MacBook Pro models, replacing the Mini DisplayPort …
Discussion: Computerworld, Digital Trends and TUAW
Marco Chiappetta / HotHardware:
Intel Officially Announces Thunderbolt Technology, Formerly Codenamed Light Peak
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
AppleInsider:
Apple releases dev preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion with AirDrop, FileVault  —  Apple on Thursday released a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion, which takes some of the best ideas the company has conceived for the iPad and brings them back to the Mac for the eighth major release of the flagship operating system due this summer.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Releases A Developer Preview Of OS X Lion — Through The Mac App Store
Shan Sinha / Docs Blog:
Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office available to all  —  Many of you already use Google Docs for editing your documents, but there are still many people that are tied to desktop applications and haven't experienced the numerous benefits cloud applications to bring.
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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google Cloud Connect moves Microsoft Office files to Google Docs, as long as you're not using a Mac
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
AOL's First Big Change for Huffington Post: Bigger Ads  —  News Aggregation Site Will Get ‘Project Devil’ Ads, but Will Anyone Else?  —  After months of negotiations with advertisers and agencies, AOL is starting to roll out “Project Devil,” a larger ad format it hopes will deliver …
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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.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Pre-HuffPo Merger Changes At AOL; Eun Leaving, Brod To Be Arianna's COO
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Instagram Unveils Realtime API With Foodspotting, Fancy, Momento, Flipboard, About.me And Others  —  It really is kind of amazing that Instagram has shot past two million users in just a few months with only an iPhone app.  No Android app, no website, no real third-party support.
Jim / craigslist blog:
Pay-to-Play “Research” from AIM  —  Classified listings scraper/aggregator and CL wannabe Oodle has paid AIM Group to falsely portray craigslist as fraught with criminal activity.  —  If you strip away the false (and defamatory) paid-for editorial however, and look at the numbers AIM uses, a very different story emerges.
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:   The Craigslist Crime Report: “Cesspool of Crime,” Bold Use of Marketing [Updated]
Rainey / Bradley Manning Support Network:
PayPal Cuts Service to Alleged WikiLeaks Whistle-blower Support Effort  —  The online payment provider PayPal has frozen the account of Courage to Resist, which in collaboration with the Bradley Manning Support Network is currently raising funds in support of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.
Discussion: Mashable!, ReadWriteWeb, Techdirt and @dhh
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   PayPal On Cutting Off Courage To Resist: “This Has Nothing To Do With WikiLeaks”
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.
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.
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Motorola's Xoom Starts Tablet Wars With iPad
Stephen Chapman / SEO Whistleblower Blog:
Windows 8, Windows Server 8, and Office 15: Tons of new information straight from Microsoft and its employees!  —  In addition to my passion for SEO (Search Engine Optimization), I'm an investigative researcher/blogger with a penchant for finding confidential information on the cutting edge of topics I'm passionate about.
Discussion: The Next Web and GeekSmack
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Google Recipe Search Cooks Up Next Gen of Search  —  Stepping into the kitchen now, Google introduced a recipe search engine Thursday that serves up dishes based not only on the ingredients you may have on hand, but the calories you want to consume and even how much time you have to cook.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Myspace Music President Courtney Holt Leaving  —  This one was only a matter of time: Myspace Music head Courtney Holt is stepping down.  —  Sources say Holt doesn't have another post lined up.  But the real news is that he was still at the site, which is a joint venture between Myspace and the major music labels.
Discussion: paidContent, TechCrunch and Digits
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 …
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
eMarketer On Social Networking In The US: 57% On Facebook, 11% On Twitter  —  Research firm eMarketer estimates that more than half of adult internet users in the US were logging on to Facebook at least once per month at the end of last year.  In 2011, the company forecasts that 132.5 million US web users will use the site monthly.
Discussion: eMarketer and VatorNews
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
IE9's ‘Do Not Track’ features could become Web standards  —  The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C,) the standards body responsible for HTML5, accepted and published Microsoft's member submission for standardized privacy features on Thursday.  —  Last year, the Federal Trade Commission endorsed …
 
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Casey Chan / Gizmodo:
Tech Start-Up Exclusively Hires People with Asperger's Syndrome for Their Technological Prowess
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Mark Cuban-backed 140Fire Lets You Create Real-time Overlay Ads For Your Video Content
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Anonymous hacks church Web site during live interview
Discussion: The Escapist
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
4.5 Million Tablets Were Sold in Q3 2010; 4.3 Million Were iPads
Discussion: eWeek and MacDailyNews
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 due on April 6
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
SAP Asks Court to Reduce Oracle Award
Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
Google asks Swiss court to lift Street View curbs
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
ChaCha Sues HTC Over HTC ChaCha
Discussion: Post Tech and IntoMobile
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Fusion-Io Is Said to Hire Banks for Potential $100 Million IPO
Michael Riley / Bloomberg:
Exxon, Shell Said to Have Been Hacked Via Chinese Servers
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Announces More Ways to Publish to Users Who Click Like Buttons
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Amazon Prime Streaming Will Disrupt Netflix, Here's How
Thanks:danrayburn