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3:00 PM ET, March 26, 2009

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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 RC download page goes up early, coming in May  —  Details on the Windows 7 Release Candidate public download have leaked, straight from Microsoft.  —  It looks like someone flipped the switch a little early.  The Windows 7 Release Candidate download page on TechNet …
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Lifehacker
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Microsoft TechNet:
Windows 7 Release Candidate  —  Download instructions  —  Welcome to Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) testing.  We're on our way to Windows 7, and the RC is a great opportunity for IT professionals like you to take Windows 7 and begin testing it in your real environment.
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Hottest tracks to cost $1.29 at iTunes starting April 7  —  The online music store, under pressure from record labels, is abandoning its 99-cent-only strategy.  —  The world's largest music store, Apple's iTunes, plans to boost the price of many hit singles and selected classic tracks to $1.29 on April 7 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype for iPhone to Be Released as Early as Next Week  —  Heads up: A few months ago, I asked Skype CEO Josh Silverman when was he going to launch the iPhone version of the P2P voice and IM service that has now been downloaded more than 405 million times.  He smiled and said, “Stay tuned.”
Discussion: VentureBeat, The iPhone Blog and Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Rajat Mukherjee / The Official Google Blog:
Google, at your service  —  It used to be that creating a webpage was a pursuit reserved for the truly tech-savvy, requiring a geek's expertise in HTML, Java, or C++ coding.  —  These days, it's a different story.  Working with a hosting service has made things a great deal easier …
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Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Hosting companies to offer Google AdSense, site search services
Discussion: eWeek
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
BlackBerry to Launch TV Episode Service?  —  We've heard from multiple sources that RIM is planning to announce a full-episode television service for BlackBerry users as early as next week at CTIA.  —  Here's what we've heard so far:  — It will be an unlimited monthly subscription service for a fee
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple selling 8GB memory upgrade kits for 15" MacBook Pros [u]  —  It will cost you an arm and a leg, but Apple is now offering an official 8GB memory upgrade kit for the mid- and high-end models of its current 15-inch unbibody MacBook Pro family, AppleInsider has discovered.
Business Week:
The Apps Battle Heats Up  —  Research in Motion will soon launch an online store to rival Apple's, with Nokia and Microsoft to follow  —  On Apr. 1, Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of Research in Motion (RIMM), is expected to take the stage at the wireless industry's annual trade show in Las Vegas …
Discussion: BlackBerryNews.com and Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry App World to launch April 1st?
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget Mobile
Stevemar / Development Unfiltered:
Moving Toward an Open Process on Cloud Computing Interoperability  —  Moving Toward an Open Process on Cloud Computing Interoperability  —  From the moment we kicked off our cloud computing effort, openness and interop stood at the forefront.  As those who are using it will tell you …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft criticizes secret drafting of cloud-computing manifesto
Thanks:johnhcook
The Official Google Blog:
iGoogle's got game... themes!  —  I'm happy to announce the launch of iGoogle game themes.  These themes offer our users new iGoogle backdrops inspired by their favorite video games, including classics like “Mario” and “Mega Man” and new sensations like “Wii Sports” and “Spore.”
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Apple's WWDC 2009 dates announced: June 8-12  —  It's time to dust off your suitcase and Cocoa chops, because Apple has just announced the dates for its 2009 Worldwide Developers Conference.  —  WWDC '09 is set for June 8-12, and it will take place in the same Moscone West hall in San Francisco, CA.
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Bartz: Yahoo Has Tested 141 New Versions Of Its Homepage  —  Carol Bartz hasn't been shy about her lack of fondness for Yahoo's products (she has even confessed to using Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Maps).  So what's she doing about it now that she's running the company?
Mobile Today:
Orange and Apple negotiations for laptop deal nearing completion  —  Discussions at final stages as dongle subsidy lands Apple  —  Orange will sell Apple laptops on its network from this summer, and will be the first company to subsidise Apple's laptops with mobile broadband.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Apple's iPhone App Refund Policies Could Bankrupt Developers  —  We reported yesterday about Apple's alleged delay in payments to iPhone app developers, but there is more alarming news from iPhone developers about Apple's refund policies.  Apparently, if iPhone users decide that they want a refund for an app …
Jennifer Leggio / Feeds:
Fake Facebook group shows potential security issues, 1+ million gullible users  —  On Monday night I was up late surfing the Web when I noticed a problem (other than the fact that I was up late surfing the Web).  It was a Facebook problem, relative to a group invitation I received.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
SynthaSite no more — website builder now called Yola  —  Normally, I don't spend time worrying about branding, as long as a company name isn't egregiously stupid.  That's because people spout a lot of uninformed nonsense about this stuff, and I don't like adding to that, plus …
Discussion: CNET News
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Begins Targeting Families  —  Facebook appears to have it out for the developers of large family applications on Facebook.  The company has created a new landing page where users can create groups specifically targeted to their family.  While there is nothing unique about the end product …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Unit Structures, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
There's Something About Boxee  —  Boxee, a free software package that pulls together multiple sources of Internet video in an easy-to-use interface, has quietly been building an army of ardent fans.  —  But what is it about Boxee that is driving the technorati wild?
Discussion: TheAppleBlog
Economist:
Connecting up  —  Online-dating websites prosper in the recession  —  NOT many industries are doing well in the recession.  But along with discount retailers and pawnbrokers, online-dating sites such as eHarmony.com and OkCupid.com have seen business look up.  There are several theories to explain why.
Stan M / Sony Insider:
New VAIO P Coming?  —  Remember that teaser (see pic above) Sony spread around the world before unveiling VAIO P?  Fun times!  —  Folks always wonder, will there be a new, refreshed line of their favorite product and of course we also know that Sony loves to present their VAIOs in series …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More Reorging for AOL's Ad Unit, Platform-A: The Latest Memo  —  The undoing of previous management of AOL continues at the Time Warner (TWX) online unit with even more reorganization of its Platform-A advertising unit.  —  Sources said the changes are part of a simplifying of the division …
Seth Finkelstein / Guardian:
Google is taking us down the road to hell  —  Google recently took another step along the path of surveillance as a service, launching what it called “interest-based advertising”, and which everyone else calls “behavioural targeting”.  These are systems that collect extensive personal data, for marketing purposes.
Discussion: Infothought, Thanks:atul
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Giz Explains: How a Brainy Worm Might Jack the World's PCs on April 1  —  It's lurking in millions of PCs around the world.  It's incredibly sophisticated and resilient, with built-in p2p and digital code-signing technology.  It revels in killing security software.  On April 1, the Conficker worm will activate.
Discussion: Threat Level, Digits, eWeek and digg.com
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple filing details safe touch-screen navigation system  —  An interesting but at times erratic patent filing from Apple published for the first time this week describes a proprietary in-car navigation system focused on maintaining driver safety while a vehicle is in motion.
Discussion: Fast Company and GPS Obsessed
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
iPhone Advances Mobile Search in the UK  —  comScore has released data about iPhone users in the UK and compared to other mobile devices, the iPhone is certainly spurring on mobie search.  —  55% of iPhone users conduct searches on their devices, while just 32% of smartphone users and 12% …
Discussion: CNET News
PewResearch.org:
Internet Typology: The Mobile Difference  —  Wireless Connectivity Has Drawn Many Users More Deeply into Digital Life  —  Cast a glance at any coffee shop, train station or airport boarding gate, and it is easy to see that mobile access to the internet is taking root in our society.
 
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Justin Berka / Ars Technica:
New OSX.RSPlug variant masquerading as media applications
Discussion: TUAW, Sophos and Edible Apple
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Entrepreneurs Find Gold in Gadget Startups
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times Plans Temporary Pay Cuts
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Black Thursday at Big Blue
Discussion: CNET News and Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal:
Internet Industry Is on a Cloud
Discussion: Industry Standard, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Guardian:
'You can fire us on a minute's notice'
Discussion: InfoWorld
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Firefox Fix Due Next Week After Attack Is Published
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Turns Into One Big Ad, But Users Seem To Like It
Discussion: meeblog and digg.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Troubles At Imeem, But Company Says No Shutdown Imminent
 

 
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