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5:50 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.
Caius / Random Genius:
Safari 4 Hidden Preferences  —  Having a quick poke through the new Safari binary yields the following strings: … NB: Need to restart Safari after changing any of these.  —  DebugSafari4TabBarIsOnTop  —  This moves the tab bar back where you expect it to be:
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 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 …
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
Discussion: BetaNews
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Joining Europe's Anti-Microsoft Antitrust Pile-On
Discussion: CNET News
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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Bloomberg:   Ballmer Says He Doesn't Want to Become ‘Jerry Yang’ of Web Search Market
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 …
Discussion: Romenesko
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Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Just Work Please: Mainstream Media Meets the Fail Whale  —  The online world is an imperfect place.  Gmail goes down, chunks of blog posts disappear, and user are deceived on a regular basis.  Most of us who spend time online are aware - and have come to expect - these foibles and hiccups.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Microblink
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Members of Congress twitter through Obama's big speech
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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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 & …
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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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: TorrentFreak
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.
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
Aaron Straup Cope / Flickr Blog:
An Abundant Present  —  Recently we enabled a quiet little feature that, hopefully, allows users to navigate some of the mystery and serendipity in the 100 million geotagged photos on Flickr.  We call it “nearby” and it is available for any geotagged photo on the site.
Thanks:atul
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.
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.
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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.
 
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile's Samsung Memoir arrives, snaps photos, reviews itself
Discussion: Gizmodo and I4U News
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Server sales cratered in Q4, says IDC
Discussion: Between the Lines, Digits and eWeek
Ben Rothke / Computerworld:
Why Information Must Be Destroyed
Discussion: Beyond Search
Financial Times:
Murdoch hails ‘contrarian style’
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Hulu's hurdles  —  Internet video sharing site tries to serve fans and networks alike.
 Earlier Items: 
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft spells out Windows 7 activation nags, limits
Brian Steinberg / Boston Globe:
Advertisers need patience to tap into Web's potential
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Lehman Brothers Spins Off Venture Capital Arm
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Search still on Microsoft's research radar
Discussion: LiveSide and TechFlash
Google LatLong:
Graduation day for Map Maker
Discussion: WebProNews, Thanks:atul
Paul McNamara / Network World:
40% of geeks surveyed really work fewer than ... say what?
Discussion: digg.com