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1:15 PM ET, April 24, 2009

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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Windows 7 RC (7100) out early on torrent trackers  —  While the partner page Microsoft put up a few days back announcing the availability of the Windows 7 RC turned out to be another minor slip-up, the results in Mininova's index are a bit more real.  —  You guessed it - the Windows 7 RC build (7100) has been leaked.
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Go test drive Windows 7 RC (7100) today  —  If you're like me and watched from a distance leaked builds of Windows 7 fly past like water balloons in a water balloon fight, then the time to join the fun is now.  The highly anticipated release candidate (RC) build of Windows 7 has been leaked and its authenticity is entirely undisputed.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple retail sheds 1,600 full-time positions  —  Apple's retail group shed about 1,600 full-time equivalent workers during its second fiscal quarter.  —  Apple's second fiscal quarter was a blowout considering the state of the economy, but executives noted that the retail division took …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple Stores: The big chill  —  Is there an Apple Store near you?  Count yourself lucky, because the days of Apple's (AAPL) aggressive expansion into the branded retail space are over — at least for now.  —  After opening more than 250 company-owned stores in eight years …
Discussion: The Mac Observer and Seeking Alpha
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Van Natta Confirmed as CEO of MySpace-The Full Press Release  —  Former Facebook COO Owen Van Natta has finally been officially named as CEO of MySpace, as BoomTown reported yesterday, according to a press release from News Corp.  —  He will replace CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe, who stepped down from the job earlier this week.
Ted Ullyot / Facebook Blog:
Results of the Inaugural Facebook Site Governance Vote  —  Today, the Facebook site governance vote ended after a week in which you were able to voice your opinions as to which documents should serve as the foundation for governing the site.  On behalf of everyone at Facebook …
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BBC:
Facebook users say yes to changes
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Renai LeMay / CNET News:
Ubuntu 9.04 as slick as Windows 7, Mac OS X  —  Here's what the official press release won't tell you about Ubuntu 9.04, which formally hit the streets overnight: its designers have polished the hell out of its user interface since the last release in October.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Technology Generation Gap at Work is Oh So Wide  —  Recently, business information solutions provider LexisNexis released the results of a study that examined how technology was used in the American workplace.  The focus of the study was on the differing opinions between generational groups.
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Obama's BlackBerry  —  President Obama will soon get his souped-up, high-security BlackBerry for use in and around the White House and during presidential travel, according to Obama administration officials.  The top-secret BlackBerry 8830 is in the final stages of development …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Snow Leopard Server to offer low cost, secure mobile access to iPhone  —  Apple will leverage the popularity of the iPhone to deliver business users new Mobile Access services in Snow Leopard Server to securely deliver corporate email, contact, calendar, and intranet web services to iPhone …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and The Apple Core
Fred / A VC:
Geocities  —  Yesterday, TechCrunch reported the news that Yahoo! is planning to shut down Geocities.  That is sad news on many levels.  Geocities was the web's first community and it was my first “mega deal” when it was sold to Yahoo! in 1999 for $3.5bn (including the value of the options Yahoo! assumed).
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
When GeoCities Grabbed the Web's Golden Ticket-A Trip Down Silicon …
Discussion: Guardian and Silicon Alley Insider
Simon Pope / Apple:
Apple's Revolutionary App Store Downloads Top One Billion in Just Nine Months  —  Apple® today announced that customers have downloaded one billion applications from its revolutionary App Store, the largest applications store in the world.  The one billionth app, Bump created by Bump Technologies …
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Gatekeeper Role Draws Scrutiny  —  Outrage over Apple Inc.'s approval of an iPhone application that simulates the shaking of a baby shows the risks for the company in the way it vets those products.  —  The Cupertino, Calif., company's App Store, which lets users access …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Whatever Happened to the Top 15 Web Properties of April, 1999?  —  As I quietly lamented (or at least noted) the impending death of GeoCities today, I wanted to double-check my memory that it was once one of the very largest sites on the Web.  Yup-ten years ago, in April 1999 …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Opscode Gets $2.5M to Automate the Cloud  —  Opscode, Inc., a cloud infrastructure company led by veterans of the data center teams from Amazon and Microsoft, has closed a Series A funding round of $2.5 million led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the company said today.
Discussion: TechFlash
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Eats World: Global Visitors Shoot Up To 19 Million  —  Twitter's march towards world domination continues apace.  This morning comScore released its global numbers for March, 2009.  Worldwide visitors to Twitter.com increased 95 percent in the month of March from 9.8 million to 19.1 million, according to its estimates.
Discussion: LIVEdigitally
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Project Playlist Names Former MTV Exec Sykes as CEO, Replacing Van Natta  —  Legendary MTV Networks exec and Co-founder John Sykes (pictured here in an interview on PBS' “Charlie Rose” interview show) will replace outgoing CEO Owen Van Natta as CEO of the controversial music-sharing site, Project Playlist.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Software That Copies DVDs Is on Trial  —  SAN FRANCISCO — RealNetworks says it wants to help increase DVD sales by allowing people to copy their movie discs.  Hollywood studios say that idea will only hurt their already struggling business.  The two sides square off in a federal court here on Friday to determine who prevails.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Wikipedia lawsuit could put it on the wrong side of fair use  —  Wikipedia uses plenty of copyrighted material and trademarks under the doctrine of fair use.  But a trademark infringement lawsuit against a couple of artists would put the Wikimedia Foundation on the opposite side of the fair use fight.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Can A Sports Organization Claim Copyright On Stuff You Filmed Yourself?  —  Earlier this year, we noted that with the rise of the ability to film and broadcast video directly from mobile phones, it was only a matter of time until we ran into some legal battles about fans filming and “broadcasting” a live sporting event.
The Official Google Blog:
Try out new features in Google Toolbar Labs  —  One of the best things about working on the Google Toolbar team is that when someone says “Wouldn't it be great if Toolbar could...,” our answer is usually “Yes!  Let's build it!”  And then it's just a question of when.
Bkis Blog:
New worm bypasses Gmail's CAPTCHA  —  On April 22 2009, Bkis Honeypot system discovered a new worm, which we named W32.Gaptcha.Worm.  The worm automatically signs up and creates random Gmail accounts for spamming purposes.  To do so, it must be able to break Google's CAPTCHA first.
Discussion: PC World
Daniel Silva / Agence France Presse:
Boom times ahead for mobile Web access  —  After a slow start, mobile Web access has finally taken off, thanks in large part to better technology, and it will drive growth in Internet use in the future, industry leaders say.  —  “More people in the world will have their first interaction …
Discussion: GigaOM
Bill Ray / The Register:
Self-replicating machine replicates  —  Destroy industry and money and make us all wealthy?  Sweet  —  Free whitepaper - CRM your salespeople will love  —  Next month will see a new version of the self-replicating RepRap machine, but owners of the existing model won't need to buy a replacement …
 
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
YouTube's Bold Move Toward Profitability
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Cybergangs use cheap labor to break codes on social sites
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Owen Fletcher / PC World:
China Pushes Its Own Blue-laser Optical Discs
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
SPARKLE packs 2GB or video memory onto GeForce GTX 285
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Device identification in online banking is privacy threat, expert says
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