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12:40 AM ET, February 25, 2009

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Nate Lanxon / CNET News:
Safari 4 benchmarked: 42x faster than IE 7, 3.5x faster than Firefox 3  —  Proving itself a staggering 42 times faster at rendering JavaScript than IE 7, our benchmarks confirm Apple's Safari 4 browser, released in beta today, is the fastest browser on the planet.
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Apple:
Apple Announces Safari 4—The World's Fastest & Most Innovative Browser  —  New Nitro Engine Runs JavaScript More Than Four Times Faster  —  Apple® today announced the public beta of Safari® 4, the world's fastest and most innovative web browser for Mac® and Windows PCs.
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Safari 4 beta fast, mixes polish, rough UI edges  —  Apple on Tuesday released Safari 4 beta, a new version of its browser for Mac OS X and Windows.  This update brings a bunch of new features, including a flashy new Top Sites view, a completely redesigned Windows UI, and support for some impressive emerging Web standards.
Caius / Random Genius:
Safari 4 Hidden Preferences
Discussion: Gizmodo, APC and Macsimum News
Acacio Cruz / The Official Google Blog:
Update on Gmail  —  The Gmail outage that affected many consumers and Google Apps users worldwide is now over.  Users should find that they're able to access their email now without any further problems.  —  Before you can access your Gmail, you may be asked to fill in what's called …
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Associated Press:
Google pays for e-mail outage with 15-day credit  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google Inc. is making amends for an e-mail outage by giving 15 days of free service to businesses, government agencies and other subscribers who pay for an expanded version of the product.
Discussion: VentureBeat and GigaOM
Hearst Corporate Site:
STATEMENT ON SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE COST-SAVING INITIATIVES  —  Hearst Corporation announced today that its San Francisco Chronicle newspaper is undertaking critical cost-saving measures including a significant reduction in the number of its unionized and nonunion employees.
Discussion: VatorNews
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Hearst seeks changes at Chronicle  —  (02-24) 14:30 PST NEW YORK — The Hearst Corp. today announced an effort to reverse the deepening operating losses of its San Francisco Chronicle by seeking near-term cost savings that would include “significant” cuts to both union and non-union staff.
WMPoweruser.com:
Windows Mobile 7 coming next year, says Ballmer  —  Microsoft has had an conference call earlier today, and Steve Ballmer spoke about Windows Mobile as one of its 7 big businesses.  —  According to Ballmer, Microsoft has been ramping up expenditure in the Windows Mobile segment over the last few years …
Discussion: InformationWeek and Neowin.net
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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Microsoft Windows 7 Will Work with ‘Netbooks’
Sundar Pichai / Google Public Policy Blog:
Browsers powered by user choice  —  Last month the European Commission confirmed that it had sent a statement of objections to Microsoft about the tying of Internet Explorer to the Windows operating system, which it said “harms competition between web browsers, undermines product innovation and ultimately reduces consumer choice.”
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Joining Europe's Anti-Microsoft Antitrust Pile-On
Discussion: CNET News
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Announces Pricing for App Engine: Allows Developers to Scale Beyond Free Quotas  —  Google today finally announced its pricing plans for its App Engine service.  Google's App Engine allows developers to run their web applications on Google's infrastructure and, until today, was only available in a free, but restricted, version.
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Brett Slatkin / Google App Engine Blog:
New!  Grow your app beyond the free quotas!  —  We're psyched to announce that developers can now purchase additional computing resources on App Engine, enabling apps to scale beyond our free quotas.  This has been our most requested improvement to App Engine and we're thrilled to deliver it, as promised.
Rebecca Buckman / Forbes:
Bartz's Big Move  —  Yahoo!'s new CEO is expected to shake up management.  Will she also let Jerry go?  —  BURLINGAME, Calif.—As Carol Bartz ponders her proposed changes to the Yahoo! org chart, there's one big box that she can't ignore: what to do about “Chief Yahoo” Jerry Yang.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo Shrs Rally; Ballmer Wants Talks With Bartz
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Google Warns Users About ViddyHo  —  After Google Talk users were targeted by scammers attempting to steal their login information, Google warned them to use caution when asked for personal information online. … “This is a phishing attempt,” the company said in a statement …
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Fast-Spreading Phishing Scam Hits Gmail Users
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone App Prices Tanking  —  Apple (AAPL) is famous for keeping its gadget pricing steady.  But the iPhone app store is a much different market: App developers have cut prices significantly in the last few months.  And the market for $10 premium apps seems to have evaporated.
Discussion: IntoMobile and Obsessable, Thanks:atul
comScore:
Americans' Online Search Behavior Points to Significant Increase in Personal Financial Turmoil  —  Searches Using Term ‘Unemployment’ in December Triples versus Year Ago  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released an analysis of changes …
Paul McNamara / Network World:
40% of geeks surveyed really work fewer than ... say what?  —  I've been meaning to write about this Slashdot poll, but other work kept getting in the way.  As you'll see from the survey results, however, not everyone can claim that excuse ... at least not with a straight face:
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
Virgin announces new site, Facebook Connect for planes  —  MIAMI—Virgin used Alex Hunter's presentation at the Future of Web Apps to announce its new Virgin.com website, due to enter closed beta in the next six weeks.  The new site will include a lot of social features that allow users …
Discussion: SiliconAngle
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Hulu's hurdles  —  Internet video sharing site tries to serve fans and networks alike.  It isn't easy.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — It took Hulu.com less than a year to become the go-to destination for television-watching on the Web.  Hulu even scored a spot on traditional media's biggest stage, a Super Bowl commercial.
ChinaTechNews.com:
Rumor: China Unicom, Apple Finally Reach Agreement On iPhone's Entry Into China  —  China Unicom has reportedly reached an agreement with Apple on iPhone's entry into China and the 3G iPhone may appear in the Chinese market in May 2009.  —  Foreign media are quoting representatives from Ovum …
Arn / MacRumors:
DoubleTwist Beta for Mac Offers Easy Media Browsing and Sharing  —  Startup company doubleTwist has launched a public beta of their new universal media application for the Mac today.  Their vision for the product is “a single, streamlined interface that connects to any device, media source or network.”
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft spells out Windows 7 activation nags, limits  —  Beta turns desktop background black if not activated, shuts off some updates  —  Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. will turn Windows 7's background picture black and put up persistent notices on the screen if users don't activate …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Premium-priced MacBook Pros top sales at Apple retail stores  —  Despite repeated calls from industry watchers for Apple to cut prices on its computer line, a new study reveals that sales of the company's premium-priced MacBook Pros are topping all other Macs at the majority of U.S.-based Apple stores.
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (968272)  —  Vulnerability in Microsoft Office Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a vulnerability in Microsoft Office Excel that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Excel file.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
TechFest swoons over light and touch advances  —  Microsoft's TechFest seems to feature an inordinate number of Brits - based not only in the company's Cambridge research centre, but also in Redmond, Asia and beyond.  —  The fruits of UK researchers have proved very interesting …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Lehman Brothers Spins Off Venture Capital Arm  —  On Silicon Valley's Sand Hill Road, an old venture capital firm has a new name.  Lehman Brothers Venture Partners, the venture arm of the bankrupt investment bank, announced Tuesday that it has spun off as an independent fund, Tenaya Capital.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Search still on Microsoft's research radar  —  Developed by Microsoft Research, Viveri is designed to be a sandbox where Microsoft can try out new search ideas.  —  (Credit: Ina Fried/CNET Networks)  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Microsoft has a lot of ideas on how Web searching could be better.
Discussion: LiveSide and TechFlash
Financial Times:
Murdoch hails ‘contrarian style’  —  By Matthew Garrahan in Los Angeles and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in New York  —  Rupert Murdoch has sounded a defiant note about the future of News Corp, hailing the company's “contrarian investment style” as proof it is well positioned to weather the economic downturn.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ben Rothke / Computerworld:
Why Information Must Be Destroyed  —  CSO) The inability to discard worthless items even though they appear to have no value is known as compulsive hoarding syndrome.  If the eccentric Collyer brothers had a better understanding of destruction practices, they likely would not have been killed …
Discussion: Beyond Search
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
China Reportedly To Shut 10,000 Unapproved Web Sites
Brian Steinberg / Boston Globe:
Advertisers need patience to tap into Web's potential
Amy Norton / Reuters:
Internet “addiction” may fuel teen aggression
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Graduation day for Map Maker
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PR Newswire:
PopCap Games Acquires Gastronaut Studios
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook: Telecoms' New Best Friend?
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 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Bad News for OpenID: People Still Using Same Password Everywhere
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Reality Sinks in at Online Advertising Confab
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Steve Jobs is 54  —  Tuesday, Feb. 24, is Steve Jobs' birthday.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Tech Trader Daily
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple launches a new iTunes Pass feature for groupies
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Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
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