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7:40 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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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 …
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
Marco Chiappetta / HotHardware:
Intel Officially Announces Thunderbolt Technology, Formerly Codenamed Light Peak
Discussion: SAI, V3.co.uk, dylan tweney and Crave
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
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Apple Updates The MacBook Pro Line With Sandy Bridge Intel CPUs, AMD GPUs, FaceTime HD, and Thunderbolt
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
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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!
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, All Facebook and VatorNews
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
News Corp kicks off Myspace sale process  —  (Reuters) - News Corp has kicked off the process to explore the sale or spin-off of its troubled social entertainment site, Myspace, a person familiar with the talks said on Thursday.  —  The media conglomerate has received early interest …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
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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Juliana Gruenwald / Tech Daily Dose:
Lawmakers Urged To Probe Google Social Security Controversy
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Mark Cuban-backed 140Fire Lets You Create Real-time Overlay Ads For Your Video Content
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
4.5 Million Tablets Were Sold in Q3 2010; 4.3 Million Were iPads
Discussion: eWeek, IntoMobile and MacDailyNews
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 due on April 6
Discussion: The Next Web and WMPoweruser.com
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
SAP Asks Court to Reduce Oracle Award
Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
Google asks Swiss court to lift Street View curbs
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
David Kaplan / paidContent:
National Magazine Awards To Include Magazine Apps This Year
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Announces More Ways to Publish to Users Who Click Like Buttons
Discussion: The Next Web