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4:00 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:
Discussion: Gizmodo, Macsimum News and APC
Apple:
Apple Announces Safari 4—The World's Fastest & Most Innovative Browser
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
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Joining Europe's Anti-Microsoft Antitrust Pile-On
Discussion: CNET 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, GigaOM and UNEASYsilence
Acacio Cruz / Gmail Blog:
Update on today's Gmail outage
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.
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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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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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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.
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
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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
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.
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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.
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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: IntoMobile, NEWSFACTOR and Obsessable, Thanks:atul
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
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
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.
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
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Server sales cratered in Q4, says IDC  —  Blades the only bright spot  —  Free whitepaper - Lessons learned in successful implementation of enterprise learning  —  Someone has turned the volume knob on the x64 server market from 11 down to 9.  And that someone is the economic meltdown.
Discussion: Digits, Between the Lines and eWeek
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo and I4U News
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
 
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
TechFest swoons over light and touch advances
Discussion: TechCrunch and Guardian
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
Google LatLong:
Graduation day for Map Maker
Discussion: WebProNews, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
PR Newswire:
PopCap Games Acquires Gastronaut Studios
Thomas K Thomas / The Hindu Business Line:
39 foreign Net phone firms under DoT scanner
Discussion: CircleID and FierceVoIP
Paul McNamara / Network World:
40% of geeks surveyed really work fewer than ... say what?
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook: Telecoms' New Best Friend?
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Bad News for OpenID: People Still Using Same Password Everywhere