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Apple Inc. head honcho Steve Jobs has introduced the new MacBook Air. Your nerdy cousin’s new object of lust is LED backlit, comes with a recycle-friendly aluminum case, and gives purchasers the option of an efficient 64-gigabyte solid-state hard drive. It also boasts a mercury- and arsenic-free display, a circuit board without brominated flame retardants, and PVC-free internal cables. Consumers can tote it home in 56 percent less retail packaging than the MacBook — and the Air is the thinnest laptop evah, so hey, less electronic waste! It can be yours for a mere $1799 — and you’d better go get one, because the computer you bought two months ago is, like, totally old and embarrassing now. Sigh.

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