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8:15 PM ET, February 24, 2009

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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.
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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.
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.
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 …
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: VentureBeat and Tech Trader Daily
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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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Ballmer: Office 14 not this year  —  During his annual “Strategic Update” briefing with Wall Street analysts on February 24, CEO Steve Ballmer said Office 14 won't be shipping in 2009.  —  “Office 14 will not be this year,” Ballmer told analysts.  —  Microsoft officials have been careful …
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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 …
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Googling “Unemployment”  —  Searches of economy-related terms like …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and WebProNews
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: Reuters
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.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple launches a new iTunes Pass feature for groupies  —  Is there an artist you love?  I mean really love, as in you'll buy anything they do before you have any idea what it is?  A lot of people probably do, and for them, Apple has a new feature on iTunes called “iTunes Pass.”
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Reality Sinks in at Online Advertising Confab  —  Recession Could Lead to Business Failures, Irrational Risks  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — For five years online was advertising's growth business, but 2008 delivered a wake-up call: Online advertising isn't immune to the recession, and it's only just begun.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and VatorNews
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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: NEWSFACTOR, IntoMobile and Obsessable, Thanks:atul
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Facebook risks ‘infantilising’ the mind  —  Greenfield warns social networking sites are changing children's brains, resulting in selfish and attention deficient young people  —  Social network sites risk infantilising the mid-21st century mind, leaving it characterised by short attention spans …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Norway Education Minister: there's no future in fighting P2P  —  As the IFPI pressures Norwegian ISPs to begin blocking The Pirate Bay, Norway's Minister of Education has spoken out against measures to fight illegal file sharing.  He says that not only is file sharing a good way to discover new music …
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Trial Day 7: Screenshots for Evidence
Discussion: The Local and Ars Technica
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:
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.”
Dong Ngo / CNET News:
Marvell makes ultrasmall wall plug computer  —  You might have heard or even used one of those Powerline network adapters, such as the one made by Netgear that plug directly into the wall.  Now think of a similar device with the exception that it is an entire computer.
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
WSJ Conference Organizer's Wife Secretly Running Google  —  Megan Smith, a Google executive little known outside Silicon Valley, is taking a high-profile role running the search engine's in-house charity.  She's part of a power couple whose louder half is AllThingsD blogger Kara Swisher.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Search still on Microsoft's research radar  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Microsoft has a lot of ideas on how Web searching could be better.  The problem is figuring out which ideas actually are good ones.  —  In an effort to help sort that out, Microsoft has created a second search site, aimed at testing out new ideas.
Discussion: TechFlash
PR Newswire:
PopCap Games Acquires Gastronaut Studios  —  Leader in Casual Games Strengthens Internal Console Development Team with Makers of Top-Selling Video Games  —  PopCap Games, Inc., the leading developer and publisher of casual video games, today announced the acquisition of Gastronaut Studios …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Steve Jobs is 54  —  Tuesday, Feb. 24, is Steve Jobs' birthday.  —  He turns 54.  —  To celebrate this very personal milestone, we thought we'd re-post what may be the most personal public speech this intensely private man has ever made: his 2005 commencement address to the Stanford University class of 2005.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Tech Trader Daily
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
InstantAction enables 3-D games in web browsers  —  InstantAction is announcing today the formal launch of its site that lets gamers play 3-D games in a web browser.  —  The site will have nine games that are available for free at the outset, with a half-dozen more games coming soon.
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 …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Fast-Spreading Phishing Scam Hits Gmail Users  —  Google just can't get a break today.  —  First, Google's e-mail service froze for several hours, locking out millions of users.  Now its chat service appears to be the conduit for a rapidly spreading phishing scam.
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.
 
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Amy Norton / Reuters:
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Ben Hardwidge / bit-tech.net:
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 Earlier Items: 
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Lookery refocuses on its paid ad targeting business
Discussion: Lookery Blog
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Bad News for OpenID: People Still Using Same Password Everywhere
Wall Street Journal:
Entrepreneurs Can Lead Us Out of the Crisis
Discussion: Fractals of Change, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Royal Pingdom:
The latest domain name numbers and trends
Thanks:atul
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nokia To Staff: Hey, Who Wants To Quit?
Natasha Lomas / silicon.com:
“Android is not open. It's a marketing label”
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
New NVIDIA-based iMacs Imminent? More Hints.
Discussion: SlashGear
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
The Netbook Effect: How Cheap Little Laptops Hit the Big Time
Thanks:atul