Morning Scan: Kindle, MacBooks, PopCap, Savage vs. Santorum – TechFlash

Speculation is swirling this morning around an expected refresh of Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup, particularly after CNet News.com reported over the weekend that the company was preparing to roll out a version of Intel’s Light Peak, an all-in-one technology for connecting electronic devices — although it’s not clear if the MacBook refresh will mark that introduction.

Santorum’s ‘Google Problem’: Roll Call has an interesting piece about the challenge faced by former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a U.S. presidential hopeful, thanks to Seattle’s own Dan Savage. The Stranger editor pulled off a successful “Google Bomb” of Santorum many years ago, and the top search result for Santorum’s name continues to show the effects. Search Engine Land notes that Santorum could counter the effect with the help of his own supporters.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 climbed back atop the U.S. console market in January, according to data from the NPD group research firm. The console sold 381,000 units, up 48,000 from the same month a year ago. Microsoft said the console experienced ongoing supply shortages that are expected to improve this month.

“Jeopardy!” legend Ken Jennings, a.k.a. the “Great Carbon-Based Hope” has a great piece in Slate, explaining what it was like to take on IBM’s Watson in the shows that aired last week. Also see our earlier interview with UW computer scientist Oren Etzioni about his impressions of the IBM machine.

Amazon.com’s Simple Storage Service, better known as S3, has been upgraded to allow publishers to serve websites directly, without using a web server. Details from Amazon.com CTO Werner Vogels, whose blog now uses the technology. (Thanks to Kevin for the tip.)

How will piracy affect the e-book industry, and specifically Amazon.com’s Kindle? David Carnoy, author CNet News.com executive editor, investigates the issue after discovering instances of people pirating his own book. He quotes Author’s Guild President Scott Turow, the author and lawyer, drawing parallels to the struggles of the music labels.

Seattle’s PopCap Games is the subject of an interesting feature on the latest episode of Seattle Channel’s CityStream program. Skip ahead to 18:30 to go directly to the segment. (Thanks to @isaacada1 for the tip.)

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