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10:40 AM ET, February 26, 2009


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Engineering Windows 7:
Some Changes Since Beta for the RC  —  We've been quite busy for the past two months or so working through all the feedback we've received on Windows 7.  It should be no surprise but the Release Candidate for Windows 7 will have quite a few changes, many under the hood so to speak but also many visible.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Announcing the Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 RC
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Twitter = YouTube.  —  What?  Is Battelle crazy?  Hear me out.  Think back when YouTube was growing like a weed, and Google snapped it up.  Most folks (including me) saw this as Google “getting into the video business,” and sure, that in fact was one part of the equation.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia considering entering laptop industry  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - The world's top mobile phone maker Nokia is eyeing entering the laptop business, its Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said in an interview to Finnish national broadcaster YLE on Wednesday.
Bill Ray / The Register:
Nokia plotting Symbian laptops
Discussion: IntoMobile, Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft sues TomTom over Linux and other patent claims  —  Microsoft filed suit against TomTom today, alleging that the in-car navigation company's devices violate eight of its patents — including three that relate to TomTom's implementation of the Linux kernel.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft lawyer 'won't speculate' on more Linux suits
Discussion: The Open Road and OUT-LAW News
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New York Times to the Web: Hands Off Our “T”!  —  The New York Times is justifiably proud of the work its staff publishes on the its flagship Web site every day.  It's also very proud of the first letter of its name.  —  That seems to be the lesson in a flap between the paper and Newser …
David Kaplan /   It's NYTCo's Turn To Complain About Aggregators
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Better Interface for Uploading Gmail Attachments  —  Gmail improved substantially the interface for uploading attachments: now you can select multiple attachments at once and there's a progress bar that displays the status of your uploads.  It's much easier to upload multiple files from a folder …
Tracey John / MTV Multiplayer:
Id Software Hopes ‘Quake Live’ Lasts At Least A Decade  —  The makers of “Quake Live,” a new browser-based online multiplayer game based on “Quake III: Arena,” talk about how hard it was getting it to work with different browsers and how they plan to make “Quake” appeal to a much broader audience …
Josh Cohen / Google News Blog:
Ads in Google News search results  —  If you're in the US, starting today you may notice something a bit different when you search Google News.  —  Last November, we announced plans to begin experimenting with ads on a number of Google properties, including news query refinements within Google search.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL International Head Out: Rejiggering Commences!  —  Yahoo's not the only place BoomTown gets internal corporate memos from!  —  Here's two about big changes in AOL's international-such that it is-unit, as the head of it-Maneesh Dhir (pictured here)-moves on.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Web censorship plan heads towards a dead end  —  The Government's plan to introduce mandatory internet censorship has effectively been scuttled, following an independent senator's decision to join the Greens and Opposition in blocking any legislation required to get the scheme started.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Hacking contest offers $10,000 for iPhone exploit  —  Pwn2Own your smartphone  —  Free whitepaper - Trend Micro marries security with Cloud Computing  —  An annual hacker competition planned for next month has setting its sights on Apple's iPhone and four other smart phones in a contest …
Discussion: DVLabs and AppScout
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
New phishing scam targets MobileMe users  —  In another attempt to con MobileMe users into providing their credit card information, a scammer has sent out spam spoofed to appear to come from Apple, which directs users to a fake site designed to look like Apple's.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google says hello to Twitter with a stream of 1s and 0s  —  That was the first official tweet from Google's official Twitter account today.  The second tweet announced the launch of its App Status Dashboard, which we just covered.  This looks to be another move in the direction of transparency …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
User Photos Enhance Google Street View  —  Google Street View has a new option to show photos uploaded to the Google-owned Panoramio.  “Now you can browse user-contributed photos that have been precisely-matched to Street View images.  Gorgeous photos from Panoramio allow you to see some of the world's …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
10 reasons to buy a Kindle 2... and 10 reasons not to  —  Having used both Kindles 1 and 2, I thought it would helpful to list where the new Kindle excels and where it falters.  The dead tree book will never die - I think it will even have more longevity and popularity than the boutique appreciation …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Troubling Implications Of Recognizing ‘Hot News’ As Property  —  from the you-can-copyright-facts?  dept  —  A bunch of sites have been discussing the Associated Press's lawsuit against All Headline News, but I wanted to spend some time reading up on the case before commenting — and the more I read, the more troubling it became.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Trial Day 9: BitTorrent Is Not Evil  —  First up today was Kristoffer Schollin who spoke via telephone from Gothenburg University.  He explained he is a lecturer in IT law with a particular interest in file-sharing and has written a paper on Digital Rights Management (DRM).
Discussion: p2pnet and
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Palm Energizes Developers for the Pre Phone  —  With the Pre just a few months from launch, Palm is wasting no time courting developers — the one group that is arguably most critical to the new phone's success.  —  So far, it looks like developers are taking the bait.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and CrunchGear
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Perry: PSP 2 is Real, Could Hit This Fall  —  The a UMD-free Playstation Portable 2 is indeed real and could hit as early as this fall, David Perry, chief creative officer at Acclaim, told Kotaku today.  —  “I spoke to a developer who is working on it right now,” he said.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Happy birthday, Yahoo Buzz. Who are you again?
Discussion: Yodel Anecdotal
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Music Labels Reach A New Low, Sue Developer For Using Seeqpod API
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft renews Vista anticrack campaign
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Google's EU Gambit Is Stupid
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Would You Pay Comcast $10 a Month for Online TV?
Discussion: ParisLemon
Nicholas Thompson / Epicenter:
Is Microsoft Guilty of Push Polling? Yes.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Howard Lindzon and Friends Launch New Investment Fund for Social Apps
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and Dealscape, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
No Protection For Bloggers In Possible Law?
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Another credit card processor breached, fraud extent unknown
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Microsoft's Fight Against Fat Fingers
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Flexible Touchscreen E-paper Signals the Rise of Touchscreens Everywhere
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Paul Boutin / Gadgetwise:
President Obama Abandons Twitter
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple shareholder meeting dominated by politics

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Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Sources: Media General drops plans to buy Meredith for $2.4B

Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
New York Times memo outlines plans to double digital revenue to $800M in 2020, says 12% of readers currently deliver 90%

Lisa Campbell / Bookseller News:
Waterstones, the UK's largest book retailer, removes Kindles as sales continue to decline

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