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WWDC 2009 Keynote LIVE: Snow Leopard

snowleopardApple (AAPL) is also updating the MacBook air. Two new configurations starting at 1.8 GHZ. “Great hardware deservers great software,” says Schiller. And with that he welcomes Bertrand Serlet to the stage to talk about OS X. Serlet immediately begins talking smack about Vista and Windows 7. “No end user should ever have to know about disc defragmentation,” he quips. Windows 7 is “fundamentally another version of Vista. “It’s the same old technology. …this is so very different from OS X.” Snow Leopard will feature a number of refinements. 90 percent of the OS has been tweaked, says Serlet. The Finder has been tweaked — not the UI, just the code beneath it. Expose has been built into the Dock. Installation is now 45 percent faster and, once you install it, you actually recover 6 GB of disk space. Snow Leopard’s preview performance has also been enhanced.

Slick. The trackpad now feature Chinese character support. Users simply draw the characters with their fingers.

Check out our WWDC 2009 Full-Coverage special feature for more WWDC news.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald