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2:00 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.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Project Playlist Names Former MTV Exec Sykes as CEO, Replacing Van Natta
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
BBC:
Facebook users say yes to changes  —  Facebook users have voted to back changes which give them control over data and content they post on the site.  —  Early results suggest 75% of those who voted support the proposals.  —  The vote was triggered by changes Facebook made to its terms and conditions in February.
Discussion: Switched
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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 …
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 …
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Billionth iPhone App Downloader Scores Freebies; Developer Wins Too
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.
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.
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 …
Grant Gross / Techworld.com:
Deep packet inspection could be outlawed in US  —  US lawmakers are set to limit the way ISPs use deep packet inspection (DPI), even though no American service providers are using the technology.  —  Representative Rick Boucher, a Virginia Democrat, and three privacy experts …
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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 …
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
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
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
YouTube's Bold Move Toward Profitability  —  To help boost ad revenue, the Google-owned video site is counting on new partnerships with media giants such as Sony Pictures and CBS  —  YouTube helped make Scottish singer Susan Boyle an overnight sensation, but the video-sharing site isn't getting much in return.
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:atul
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
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.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Gamefly: USPS handles DVD rentals with kid gloves, ignores us  —  Gamefly has filed a complaint with the Postal Regulatory Commission accusing the US Postal Service of improper sorting, leading to many games being broken in transit.  The game rental service also alleges that its competitors are given better service by the USPS.
Discussion: Technologizer and Blue's News
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
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
VC crunch continues: BlueRun Ventures falls short of $300M target
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Dan Roberts / Guardian:
Meet the ‘Bill Gates of Bangalore’
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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Gatekeeper Role Draws Scrutiny
Discussion: InformationWeek
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
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