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7:10 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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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.
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 …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Connected Life Head Marco Boerries To Leave Yahoo  —  Yahoo's top mobile exec Marco Boerries is departing Yahoo, according to an internal email obtained by BoomTown that he sent to sent to some staffers on Sunday.  —  I have also confirmed Boerries' departure with company insiders familiar with the situation.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Bloomberg:   Ballmer Says He Doesn't Want to Become ‘Jerry Yang’ of Web Search Market
Rebecca Buckman / Forbes:   Bartz's Big Move
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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Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Microsoft fears EU fine over browser  —  BERLIN: The European Commission is threatening a “significant fine” against Microsoft for bundling its Web browser into Windows and may require the company to offer a range of competing browsers in all new PCs.  —  This disclosure is related …
Discussion: BetaNews
Mitchell / Mitchell's Blog:
EC: List of Potential Principles
Discussion: Asa Dotzler
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Joining Europe's Anti-Microsoft Antitrust Pile-On
Discussion: CNET News
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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Acacio Cruz / The Official Google Blog:
Update on Gmail  —  The Gmail outage that affected many consumers …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Members of Congress twitter through Obama's big speech  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Members of Congress twittered their way through President Obama's nationally televised speech Tuesday night, providing a first-of-its-kind running commentary that took users of the social networking site inside the packed House chamber.
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Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Just Work Please: Mainstream Media Meets the Fail Whale
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Microblink
Kdoctor / Content Bridges:
Chronicle Crackdown Prompts Question: Where's the Bay Area Online Super Startup?  —  We knew that Hearst's moves in Seattle — saying in early January that it would sell or close down the Post-Intelligencer — was just a dry run for San Francisco.  After all, the Hearst-owned Chronicle …
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Ryan Spoon:
Perez Hilton Hits 14,000,000 Pageviews Yesterday.  Wow.  —  You might not be interested in celebrity news and gossip...  You might not consider it important or meaningful...  But to the web, it is significant and marks a major move in the Digital Media space.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The unrecognizable Internet of 1996.  —  The Internet of 1996 is almost unrecognizable compared with what we have today.  —  It's 1996, and you're bored.  What do you do?  If you're one of the lucky people with an AOL account, you probably do the same thing you'd do in 2009: Go online.
Discussion: The Progress & …
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.
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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
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Prosecution Alters Pirate Bay Charges in Bid to Win Conviction  —  Special correspondent Oscar Swartz reports.  —  STOCKHOLM - The Pirate Bay prosecutor altered the copyright-infringement charges Tuesday to make it easier to convict the four defendants who co-founded the world's most notorious BitTorrent tracker.
Discussion: paidContent and TorrentFreak
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile's Samsung Memoir arrives, snaps photos, reviews itself  —  The Samsung Memoir has been rumored to make its way to the nation's newest 3G network for a very, very long time.  Starting today, however, it's available in all of T-Mobile's retail stores, online, and over the phone.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
New Google toolbar for IE includes desktop search  —  Google on Tuesday released a new version if its software toolbar for Internet Explorer.  Included is a feature carried over from the company's desktop search product—a search box that runs whether or not you have your browser open.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
World Economic Forum Announces New Batch Of Young Global Leaders (Mark Zuckerberg, Chad Hurley, Kevin Rose And More)  —  The World Economic Forum has just published its annual list of Young Global Leaders, recognizing “between 200 and 300 outstanding young leaders from around the world …
Times of India:
Bloggers unite against SC verdict  —  25 Feb 2009, 0242 hrs IST, Shreya Roy Chowdhury, TNN  —  Text:  —  NEW DELHI: Outraged bloggers vented their ire in cyberworld against the Supreme Court's take that they may face libel, even prosecution, for airing their views online.
Network World:
Microsoft issues two security advisories: for Excel exploit, Windows Autorun  —  Microsoft released two security advisories today.  Security Advisory 968272, addresses an Excel exploit seen in small numbers in the wild and Security Advisory 967940 fixes an issue with Windows Autorun.
Discussion: Microsoft and Computerworld
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Paul Venezia / The Deep End:
Could the Childs case put all network admins in danger?
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Aaron Straup Cope / Flickr Blog:
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Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
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Ben Rothke / Computerworld:
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Financial Times:
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Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Gadget Lab
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Microsoft spells out Windows 7 activation nags, limits
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Lehman Brothers Spins Off Venture Capital Arm
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Search still on Microsoft's research radar
Discussion: LiveSide and TechFlash
Google LatLong:
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Paul McNamara / Network World:
40% of geeks surveyed really work fewer than ... say what?
Discussion: digg.com