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7:35 AM ET, March 5, 2011

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
MacBook Pro review (early 2011)  —  Apple might say we're in the post-PC era, but hey — turns out they still make Macs in Cupertino, and the new MacBook Pro is actually one of the more aggressive refreshes in the machine's history.  Not only has it been less than a year since the last MacBook Pro spec bump …
Discussion: MacGazette.net, TUAW and MacStories
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple's MacBook Pros ship with active SSD TRIM support in Snow Leopard
Discussion: Electronista
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Conan Roasts iPad 2: You'll Buy It No Matter What We Say [Video]  —  With every new Apple product launch, there's now an expectation that we're going to get a video made by Apple to help explain the product.  You know the ones.  They feature Apple executives (though, oddly, never CEO Steve Jobs) …
Brandon Watson / Many Niches:
Developers: Why You May Not Want To Listen To Robert Scoble  —  I love Scoble.  I really do.  He's a great source of content, and occasionally controversy.  In a post today, he suggests that developers should build for Android tablets.  I am left a little confused as to his overall logic train, so let's poke at a few of his points.
Discussion: mocoNews, Thanks:rawmeet
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Lets Sony Unmask Visitors to PS3-Jailbreaking Site  —  A federal magistrate is granting Sony the right to acquire the internet IP addresses of anybody who has visited PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz's website from January of 2009 to the present.  —  Thursday's decision …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
AT&T Mobile Hotspot for iPhone 4 limited to just three WiFi devices (update: it's an iOS 4.3 thing)  —  Say it ain't so!  According to this here slide, which details a bit of insidery AT&T information about the impending release of iOS 4.3, Ma Bell's iPhone 4 will have its Personal Hotspot restricted to use with just three devices.
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Is Best Buy Planning To Give iPads To All Its Sales Associates?  —  A Best Buy employee fetches an iPad for a customer  —  Best Buy has been talking up the notion of a broadband-linked “Connected World” for several years now.  Does that vision include giving Apple iPads to every salesperson in its 1,000-plus U.S. stores?
Wall Street Journal:
AmEx Teams Up With Foursquare  —  American Express Co. has struck a deal to offer discounts to shoppers via Foursquare Labs Inc., the two-year-old start-up that lets users win prizes and meet people by using their mobile phones to “check in” at their favorite bars, restaurants and stores.
Varun Krish / Fone Arena:
Dell Venue Pro comes with Copy Paste NoDo update in India  —  Dell Venue Pro might be the first Windows Phone 7 handset to come with the Copy-Paste NoDo update pre-installed as we found today a in handset we were able to get our hand on here in India.  We were kinda surprised that copy/paste worked out of the box.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Armies of Expensive Lawyers, Replaced by Cheaper Software  —  When five television studios became entangled in a Justice Department antitrust lawsuit against CBS, the cost was immense.  As part of the obscure task of “discovery” — providing documents relevant to a lawsuit …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Cranks Up M&A Machine  —  Undaunted by Valuations, Deals Chief Says Will Continue to Pursue Start-Ups  —  Google Inc. doesn't seem daunted about acquisitions in the wake of its failure last year to land online coupon site Groupon Inc. Indeed, the Internet giant's deals chief plans to be very active …
Discussion: @jvascellaro
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Samsung Chief Calls Galaxy Tab 10.1 ‘Inadequate’  —  The “inadequate” Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona.  Photo: Charlie Sorrel  —  Samsung's mobile VP Lee Don-Joo has taken a look at the iPad 2 and decided that his own Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't up to scratch.
Krista Pappas / Bing:
Bing Welcomes KAYAK  —  Since the launch of Bing, our goal has been to create a new and different search experience focused on helping you make faster, more informed decisions.  We set out to do this by delivering great results, organizing the results in more visual and useful …
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Bing taps Kayak for its travel search
Discussion: PC World
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google To Shut Down Gizmo5 On April 3  —  Back in November 2009 Google acquired Gizmo5, a powerful VoIP telephony service that allows users to place and receive calls from their computer and mobile phone applications.  Today, the company has started informing users that it will be shutting down Gizmo5 service on April 3, 2011.
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Engadget
Cade Metz / The Register:
Patent attack on Google open codec faces ‘antitrust probe’  —  DoJ investigates Apple, Microsoft, and friends  —  The US Department of Justice is investigating MPEG-LA - the patent pool organization backed by Apple, Microsoft, and others - over the organization's effort to undermine …
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
REVEALED: Inside Canvas, 4chan Founder Moot's Secretive Startup  —  Moot, a.k.a. Christopher Poole, founded the infamous imageboard 4chan and is now a respectable partner at VC firm Lerer Ventures and has a secretive startup called Canvas.  —  The goal of Canvas basically seems …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
ICE Arrests Operator Of Seized Domain; Charges Him With Criminal Copyright Infringement  —  While Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) group has been seizing lots of domains under questionable legal theories, it has been slow to follow through on any sort of actual lawsuits.
Dave Kansas / MarketBeat:
RIMM's Chief Marketing Officer Departing on Eve of PlayBook Launch … Research in Motion is having a tumultuous week in the stock market, capped by the surprise news that Chief Marketing Office Keith Pardy is leaving the company for personal reasons.  —  As The Wall Street Journal notes …
Steve Webster / static.html:
ie6countdown.com - a wolf in sheep's clothing  —  It seems that Microsoft are just as sick of users sticking with IE6 as web developers are, if their latest ie6countdown.com venture is anything to go by.  You'd think that web developers - at least the ones who haven't already abandoned support for IE6 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
WordPress.com DDoS Attacks Primarily From China, Possibly Politically Motivated  —  After recovering from the largest Distributed Denial of Service attack in the service's history ("multiple Gigabits per second and tens of millions of packets per second") yesterday morning …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
The best Web security against hackers and spammers: advanced math!  —  If you don't want spam-bots or bad guys breaking into your site, make them do calculus.  That's the approach the folks at a Croatia's RuÄ'er Boškovi Institute are taking.  Before you can log …
 
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
BlackBerry Maker RIM To Build Cheaper Phones
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
It's Time Again For “National Day of Unplugging” and Ironically Enough, There's an App For That
BBC:
Blogspot banned in football row
Discussion: The Register and GMSV
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
The Facebook Credits GetBalance API Helps Developers Dynamically Price Virtual Goods
Discussion: All Facebook
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
No More Digital Discount: Conde Nast Raises Prices For Two iPad Magazines
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Will Shut Off GeoAPI To Developers
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Christopher Brown / Near Field Communications World:
Verifone to include NFC in all new POS terminals
David Zax / Fast Company:
The Echo Nest Makes Pandora Look Like a Transistor Radio
Discussion: The Next Web
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
This Man Is Putting Millions In Startups' Pockets — And Scaring VCs To Death
Discussion: Sramana Mitra
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Bessemer Said to Be Raising $1.2 Billion to $1.5 Billion for Venture Fund
Jesse Emspak / International Business Times:
Libya Blocks Internet Traffic
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
CBS Acquires TV Guide For Online Video Clicker, Jim Lanzone Named President Of CBS Interactive
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Just How Bad Is the iPad 2 Camera?