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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Think before you install  —  Look, people, it's 2008: You're responsible for what you install on your PC.  —  The outrage is spewing forth over Apple's move to include Safari 3.1 as part of its Software Update program.  The new twist is that Windows users who never had installed Safari …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Mozilla CEO says Apple's Safari auto-update ‘wrong’  —  A lot of people appear to be bent out of shape about Apple using its auto-update service to distribute the Safari Web browser on Windows.  The CEO of Mozilla, which makes the rival Firefox browser, calls it bad business.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Apple Takes the Spyware-Style Low Road, Pushing Safari on Windows
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
What's the Persona of Your Company?  Examining the LinkedIn Company Directory
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Eating our words: Apple's Mac mini to rock on  —  Apple Inc.'s Mac mini, a tiny desktop system previously pegged for extinction, won't fade into the distance after all, at least not yet.  —  Last Memorial Day, AppleInsider cited sources in reporting that it appeared to be the end of the line …
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Rumor: new Mac mini in development  —  Less than a year ago, AppleInsider, citing sources for whom the site “holds the utmost respect,” declared the “impending demise” of the Mac mini.  Less than three months later, the Mac mini got a drop-in upgrade to Core 2 Duo.
Discussion: MacRumors
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
Breaking: Sony Won't Charge $50 To Remove Bloatware  —  Responding to a tidal wave of outrage, Sony has reversed a plan to charge $50 to remove all the pre-installed applications — often derided as “bloatware” or “craplets” — from its high-end TZ-series notebooks.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Bloggers, Legit News Photos For Free  —  PicApp, a San Francisco-based company is offering copyright news and stock photos from large photo banks like Getty Images and Corbis for free.  The company is likely to announce availability of its public beta service later today.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Toast?  Hot Today, Dead Tomorrow—Like AOL?  —  For now, Facebook continues to take over the world.  Its global traffic is about to blow past MySpace's, its image (and Mark Zuckerberg's) has recovered from the Beacon fiasco, and it has raised a big enough cash pile that it should be able to power through any downturn.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
At Launch, Mytopia Shows Social Networks How To Play Nicely Together  —  There is a new casual gaming network in town that's got some serious cross-platform chops.  Don't be fooled by the cutesy graphics.  Today, Mytopia is simultaneously launching across Facebook, Bebo, MySpace …
Discussion: KillerStartups.com
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Are VCs threatening lawsuits to stay spotless at TheFunded?  —  TheFunded, a site that lets entrepreneurs rate and comment about venture capitalists, has drawn a lot of attention from folks eager to learn salacious gossip about bad VCs.  —  Over recent months, though, there's been an odd development …
Farhad Manjoo / Salon:
The Wall Street Journal's Web site is already (secretly) free  —  Late in January, Rupert Murdoch put an end to speculation that he would set free the Wall Street Journal's subscription-only Web site.  —  While he planned to “expand” the site's free offerings, “the really special things …
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Jordan Golson / Valleywag:   Salon shares secrets to get around Wall Street Journal's pay wall — but not its own
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google's Design Guidelines  —  Jon Wiley, User Experience Designer for Google Apps, outlined some of the most important principles for designing interfaces at Google.  In his presentation at the WritersUA conference, Jon listed the following guidelines:  —  1. Useful: focus on people - their lives, their work, their dreams.
Cindy Sui / New York Times:
Taiwan Wants to Focus on Building Its Own High-Tech Brands  —  HSINCHU, Taiwan — Mike Liang earns the equivalent of $37,500 a year, owns a four-bedroom apartment and can afford to send his two daughters to English tutorial schools.  —  Like other employees at the Hsinchu Science Park …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Oprah Going to Save the Internet?  —  Don't look now but Oprah is at the top of the iTunes podcasting chart.  Her discussion series with writer Eckhart Tolle is bringing not just podcasting to her huge audience, she's doing a ten week “class” by live video with a Silverlight player and Skype discussions.
 
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