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9:25 PM ET, February 24, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
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 and Webomatica
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.
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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:   News Corp kicks off Myspace sale process
Wall Street Journal:   Myspace Opens Books to Prospective Buyers
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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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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Arn / MacRumors:
Mac OS X Lion Building in Support for Super High Resolution ‘Retina’ Monitors
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
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.
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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Anuj Nayar / The PayPal Blog:
PayPal Statement on Courage to Resist Situation  —  While it is generally not our policy to comment publicly on account dealings, we are sharing the following statement to clarify information regarding the Courage To Resist organization's PayPal account and their claim that this is somehow associated …
Discussion: Help Net Security, Thanks:paypal
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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.
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.
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.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Toolbar Explains Toolbar as Identity Tool, Not “Google +1”  —  Last week, a new toolbar began appearing on Google for user and some took it as evidence of the ever-elusive “Google +1” or “Google Me” social network.  Today, Google explained the appearance of this part of the bar …
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Anonymous hacks church Web site during live interview  —  Defiant Westboro Baptist Church says Anonymous had to try ‘mightily’ to hack its site  —  Computerworld - The Anonymous hacking collective this morning defaced the Web site of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church in the middle …
Discussion: The Escapist and Naked Security
Jim / craigslist blog:
Wannabe funded defamation of CL backfires  —  Site-scraping C&D recipient seeks to undermine Internet safety  —  Classified listings scraper/aggregator and CL wannabe Oodle has paid AIM Group to falsely portray craigslist as fraught with criminal activity.
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Classifieds Wars: Craigslist, Oodle Fight Over Safety
Discussion: VatorNews, SAI and Oodle Blog
Casey Chan / Gizmodo:
Tech Start-Up Exclusively Hires People with Asperger's Syndrome for Their Technological Prowess  —  Aspiritech, a Chicago-based tech start up, is a software testing firm that exclusively hires people with Asperger's syndrome.  Why?  Because apparently, people suffering from Asperger's make for the perfect software tester.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
New evidence of Android apps running on BlackBerry phones emerges  —  Mobile app developer ShopSavvy reports that its Android application has recently been tested on multiple BlackBerry devices.  BGR exclusively reported last month that RIM may be working on a solution that would allow Android apps …
Discussion: 901am and Electricpig.co.uk
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
Gregory Ferenstein / Fast Company:
Facebook vs. FTC Round 2: Facebook Responds  —  Facebook's response to the FTC urges optimism and governmental restraint.  —  Facebook just released a 26-page retort to the Federal Trade Commission's preliminary report on privacy regulation—a report that social media firms see as an ominous approaching storm of chaotic bureaucracy.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Mashable!
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Apple succession plan proposal got 30 percent support  —  (Reuters) - Roughly 30 percent of Apple shareholder votes cast were in favor of a proposal to disclose a succession planning policy for Chief Executive Steve Jobs, according to a tally released by the company.
 
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Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Android Market adds e-books; movies and music soon to come?
Bloomberg:
Samsung Said to Be Mulling Google TV Products, Excluding Intel
Juliana Gruenwald / Tech Daily Dose:
Lawmakers Urged To Probe Google Social Security Controversy
Discussion: Inside Google
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Mark Cuban-backed 140Fire Lets You Create Real-time Overlay Ads For Your Video Content
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
eMarketer On Social Networking In The US: 57% On Facebook, 11% On Twitter
Discussion: eMarketer, All Facebook and VatorNews
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
4.5 Million Tablets Were Sold in Q3 2010; 4.2 Million Were iPads
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 due on April 6
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
SAP Asks Court to Reduce Oracle Award
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Fusion-Io Is Said to Hire Banks for Potential $100 Million IPO
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Enterprise Cloud Storage Platform Box.net Raises $48M From Andreessen Horowitz And Others
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Motorola Xoom tablet hit with trademark lawsuit right before launch