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6:20 PM ET, March 13, 2009

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Engineering Windows 7:
A few more changes from Beta to RC...  Hey folks, just wanted to provide another update (building on the recent post on some changes since Beta) on some of the changes you will see in the Release Candidate.  Again, there are many and this is not an exhaustive list.
David Wood / Symbian Foundation Blog:
Introducing the Release Plan  —  There's a lot of activity underway, throughout the software development teams for all the different packages that make up the Symbian Platform.  —  These packages are finding their way into platform releases.  The plan is that there will be two platform releases each year.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Stewart slams Cramer with Apple video  —  The highlight of Thursday night's appearance of CNBC's Mad Money host Jim Cramer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart — which both NBC and Comedy Central had done their best to promote as the grudge match of the century — turned out to be a two-year …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Googlers Shocked By Armstrong Defection  —  We've been calling and emailing our sources at Google, AOL, and the ad agencies to gauge the industry's reaction to news that Google US sales boss Tim Armstrong would replace Randy Falco as AOL CEO.  —  Most of our sources asked to remain anonymous …
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Kumo home page  —  We've seen a number of screen shots of Kumo.com, but this is the first one we've seen of the home page:  —  Note the pager at the bottom right.  —  We like this idea of deploying Kumo internally, so that MS employees who apparently don't read LiveSide, and “didn't get the memo” …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's New Public Profiles: Good for Businesses, Bad for People  —  Over the past couple of days, Facebook has been rolling out a revamped home page to all its users which delivers several major changes including real-time updates, new filtering controls, a new share box (called …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Over 80 bug fixes due in Mac OS X 10.5.7 “Juno”  —  Apple on Thursday evening made available to its developer community yet another pre-release of Mac OS X 10.5.7, which stands to be the seventh maintenance and security update to the company's Leopard operating system in less than 18 months.
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Roberto Mateu / Opera Labs:
Opera Turbo  —  At Opera, we love speed.  We work hard to make our browser faster with features that speeds you up, but your connection also plays a big role on how fast you can go.  —  Some people have fast connections, a lot have slow connections.  Many are always on the run from one place …
Discussion: Download Squad, jkOnTheRun and TechSpot
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Fire Eagle perches on Facebook  —  Despite the hype they get, location-based services have yet to catch on in the mainstream.  The problem so far is that most of the social networks that use location are relatively small — at least, compared to something like Facebook, which is nearing 200 million users.
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Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
State of the Eagle  —  Both South by Southwest and my lease …
Discussion: Yodel Anecdotal, Inside Facebook and Screenwerk, Thanks:atul
Mobile Today:
O2 drops price on 3G iPhone ahead of new Apple device this summer  —  Stocks cleared as new Apple iPhone set for July release  —  O2 is poised to tweak prices on the 3G iPhone in May, ahead of what is believed to be a new Apple mobile phone in June or, most likely, July, Mobile can exclusively reveal.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Google exec: ‘Twitter-like service’ more interesting with more data  —  The essence of Google's product strategy is to “follow the data,” said the company's Seattle site director, Brian Bershad, during a presentation about the future of search at a Technology Alliance event this morning.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Amazon Uses DMCA To Try To Block Other Ebooks From Getting On Your Kindle  —  Slashdot points us to the rather unfortunate news that Amazon has sent a DMCA takedown notice to MobileRead, concerning a link that site had to a small piece of software that would allow ebooks purchased elsewhere (other than Amazon) to work on the Kindle.
InfoWorld:
Amazon, Microsoft improve their cloud computing game  —  Amazon has introduced EC2 Reserved Instances, which allow you to obtain a reduced hourly fee for an upfront payment that varies according to which level of EC2 server you use.  So, for example, with an upfront payment of $325 …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Your mom is leaving MySpace for Facebook (but you aren't)  —  MySpace has been maligned for what appears to be stagnant if not declining traffic in its core U.S. userbase.  But the story is more nuanced, and not so dire.  Sure, MySpace's overall traffic has taken a big hit over the last year …
Discussion: Computerworld and Inside Facebook
Michael Weiss-Malik / Google LatLong:
Live from Mars!  —  Just last month, we released Mars in Google Earth 5.0 and finally satisfied the long-standing demands of our Martian userbase.  However, much to our delight, Mars has also proven popular among Earthlings, so today we're pleased to announce several new features for Mars …
Discussion: CNET News and VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Elizabeth Montalbano / Computerworld:
Report: Microsoft U.S. search share hits 12-month low  —  Google continues to dominate as Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL lag far behind  —  IDG News Service) Microsofts Corp.'s share of Internet searches in the U.S. fell to a 12-month low according to a ComScore Inc. report on Internet search queries for February.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Getting Serious About Vanity URLs  —  Facebook is getting wise to something MySpace has known from the start - users love vanity URLs.  When you tell someone your MySpace page, you just say myspace.com/[user/brand/band/ etc.]  (I'm myspace.com/mikearrington).  On Facebook it has always been more difficult.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPod touch—not lies—sets kid's pants on fire; parents sue  —  “Liar liar, pants on fire!”  One kid from Cincinnati won't be able to listen to that one again after allegedly having an iPod touch actually set his pants on fire, resulting in melted underwear and second degree burns on his leg.
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
It was 20 years ago today: The Web  —  History in the making: Berners-Lee's original schematic for a client/server model for a distributed hypertext system.  —  Is it already 20 years since Tim Berners-Lee authored “Information Management: A proposal” and set the technology world on fire?
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Washington Post Modifies Its Print Editions  —  Newspaper Drops to Four Sections; Finance News Will Now Appear Inside A Section  —  The Washington Post, taking another step toward trimming the size of its product, is folding the Business section into the newspaper and drastically reducing the publication of stock tables.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Rules Apply To Everyone  —  The Elliot Spitzer phenomenon is part of being human.  For whatever reason, people who obtain power can convince themselves that the very rules they create and enforce don't apply to them.  Elliot Spitzer and his prostitutes.  Al Gore flying carbon-spewing private jets.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Mike Abramsky and the Holy Pre  —  Palm hasn't yet set its price or launch date, but it already has a winner on its hands in the Pre.  That's the word from RBC Capital analyst Mike Abramsky, who gave the device one hell of a write-up this morning.  Seems Abramsky, who had previously been neutral on Palm …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
FanSnap Is The New Kayak For Event Ticket Searches  —  Event tickets are a big business and startup FanSnap is entering the game with a compelling ticket search engine.  FanSnap is launching the public beta of its nifty Kayak-like live ticket search engine for sports, concerts, and theater events.
Discussion: AltSearchEngines and Scobleizer
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple expected to release new Final Cut Studio near NAB Show  —  While Apple isn't expected to attend this year's National Association of Broadcasters event, sources familiar with the company's plans say it is preparing to release a new version of its Final Cut Studio near the event.
Discussion: Ars Technica and MacRumors
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
ABC News to interview John McCain — on Twitter  —  One of the biggest complaints about Twitter is that its 140-character limit is simply not enough to say what you need to say sometimes.  Of course, this limit works both ways — it can also stop people from going on for too long about something.
Discussion: George's Bottom Line
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
New York Times May Revisit User Fees for Some Web Content, Sulzberger Says  —  New York Times Co. may revisit charging fees to users for some Web site content to combat the “grim” economic outlook, Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said.  —  The company is considering “incremental” …
Discussion: The Morning Delivery
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Kundra takes leave of absence from federal CIO post  —  The move follows allegations of bribery in DC office he ran  —  The fallout from Thursday's arrests of a District of Columbia IT security official and contractor quickly raised questions about the fate of Vivek Kundra …
Discussion: Service-Oriented Architecture and MSNBC, Thanks:marissac
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia “Piranha” touch smartphone, others coming to AT&T?  (Updated: probably just the E71x)  —  We've just been graced with a new trunkload of tentative — very tentative — release dates on AT&T, and while most of the devices were already rumored for launch, one is definitely sticking out here: the Nokia Piranha.
Discussion: pocketnow.com
 
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. startup Aardvark personalizes searching
Discussion: CNET News and TechCrunch
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Datacenter Security: A Cautionary Tale
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Adium to Integrate Twitter by IM
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