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Daily Apple: Social Fruit, Suggestions of Subsidies, & NVIDIA Take-Backs

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Apple Brand Most Social of All, Crowds Top 20 – Using statistics concerning how many blogs (like this one) and micro-blogged comments make mention of brand names, and how often, social media services company Vitrue developed an index of the top 20 “Most Social” brand names. Apple (s aapl) took four of the spots, including number one. Microsoft (s msft) was a distant second with two.

Useful Data Privacy Tips to Celebrate Data Privacy Day – Today, TUAW marked the “global initiative to highlight information security rights and practices” by providing seven tips to help you stay secure. Most of them are very common sense suggestions, which is exactly why they bear repeating. Your Mac may be tough, but it isn’t invincible.

Blackberry Storm More Expensive to Make Than iPhone – Say what you will about the Blackberry Storm, Research In Motion (s rimm) spared no expense when it came to putting the thing together. According to iSupply, the touchscreen device costs $203 to make, compared to just $173 for the iPhone. How much is better design worth, though?

More Rumors About Subsidized Apple Notebook – Like a broken record, rumors of an AT&T (s att) subsidized Apple notebook continue to surface. This time, the source is AT&T’s Emerging Devices president Glenn Lurie, who hinted about the prospect in an interview with Fortune magazine.

NVIDIA Update Gets Pulled, No One Knows Why – This was the patch released only earlier this week, that was meant to fix “cursor issues,” but that didn’t fix the screen distortion issues users were having when connecting displays via the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-DVI adapter.