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9:40 PM ET, March 29, 2009


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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Screenshots of Windows 7 build 7070 leak, RC-Escrow coming  —  Screenshots of build 7070 have leaked, but Microsoft has also already compiled build 7071 and build 7072.  Apparently Redmond is getting ready to choose an RC-Escrow build.  —  Two days ago, details of Windows 7 build 7068 leaked.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
How Microsoft put Apple owners on the defensive  —  Her name is “Lauren” and she's making the Apple (AAPL) guys nuts.  —  She's the young, hip, Volkswagen-driving redhead who stars in the latest Microsoft's (MSFT) TV campaign.  Told that if she can find a 17-inch laptop for under $1,000 she can keep it …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Torrents Spread Via Facebook  —  With the recent trial out of the way, it seems The Pirate Bay team have had more time for development of the site.  Just last week they announced the addition of personal RSS feeds.  This week we revealed that they will also offer a new IPRED-busting VPN service.
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Pirate Bay on Facebook?  Be careful, folks, don't rise to the bait.  —  According to a report I just read in Mashable, Pirate Bay is coming to Facebook.  Writer Ben Parr says that The Pirate Bay site now includes links under torrents to ‘Share on Facebook’.
Discussion: Slashdot
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Tech savvy teenager takes Lexington transit in new directions  —  The town of Lexington's transit service is fairly informal.  The stops are pretty much wherever you happen to be standing when you see a bus.  —  But in one regard, the scrappy Lexpress and its six bus routes are ahead …
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Mouthy Billionaire Mark Cuban Fined for Using Twitter  —  The NBA has fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, the dotcom billionaire, $25,000 for slagging referees on Twitter Friday.  His Twittered response: The league has found a way for Twitter to make money.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Wikipedia: Exploring Fact City  —  Contributors to Wikipedia have wondered aloud lately if — perish the thought — they are running out of topics.  The obvious articles, low-hanging fruit like “China,” “Moses” and “Homer Simpson,” have been written and rewritten hundreds of times.
Discussion: Rough Type and The Noisy Channel
Vic Gundotra / TechCrunchIT:
Follow the Mobile User  —  This guest post is written by Vic Gundotra, Vice President of Engineering for Google's mobile and developer products.  (Prior to Google, he spent 15 years at Microsoft, most recently as their GM of Platform Evangelism.)  Vic credits his now-7-year-old with forecasting …
Discussion: The Post Money Value, Thanks:atul
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Huffington Post launches journalism venture  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The Huffington Post said Sunday that it will bankroll a group of investigative journalists, directing them at first to look at stories about the nation's economy.  —  The popular blog is collaborating with The Atlantic Philanthropies …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ben Sillis /
Gmail surprise coming Monday  —  Gmail, everyone's favourite webmail service, turns five next week, and to celebrate, Google's got a present for us all: it's going to announce a big new Gmail feature on Monday.  What is it?  More storage?  GDrive?  Read on to see what we know.
Nick Cohen / Guardian:
Who would you rather trust - the BBC or a blogger?  —  As the internet imperils newspapers, we need a strong broadcaster, not one being strangled by its managers  —  Professional journalists in the age of the internet look as doomed as blacksmiths in the age the combustion engine.
Action video games sharpen eyesight: U.S. study  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - Adults who play a lot of action video games may be improving their eyesight, U.S. researchers said on Sunday.  —  They said people who used a video-game training program saw significant improvements in their ability …
Discussion: Ars Technica, CNET News and Nature
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Wall Street Journal:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
What a difference a decade makes: Barron's proclaims Amazon best retailer
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
First Look: Lala's iPhone App Will Stream Your Music Library From The Cloud
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Philip Lam / PreThinking:
Palm Pre beta tester on Twitter, says release date is 4/30
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Is Facebook Growing Up Too Fast?
Discussion: The Huffington Post and, Thanks:atul
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Dell Belatedly Buys Domain For Its Hot Notebook
John Markoff / New York Times:
Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries