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8:35 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.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Windows 7 RC scheduled for release next week  —  A leaked copy of the release candidate for Windows 7 may have hit the gray areas of the internet this morning, but Microsoft isn't quite ready to distribute the OS to the general public.  The company is very close to being ready though.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Cable: DPI is good for us; Congressman: it's frightening  —  While the cable industry told Congress that deep packet inspection technology was great for consumers, Rick Boucher (D-VA) expressed some doubts.  DPI's “privacy intrusion potential is nothing short of frightening,” he said …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How To Overhype Your Search Engine  —  After covering search for 13 years, I'm more than a little jaded.  I've seen any number of search start-ups promise to revolutionize how we search.  None of them have in the huge way they've promised, other than Google — and it's a special case.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Wolfram Alpha Getting A Public Preview On Tuesday
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Did Apple Just Fire 1,600 Retail Workers?  Nope.  —  Question of the day: Did Apple somehow lay off 10 percent of its retail staff in the last quarter without anyone noticing until today?  Answer: No.  —  My bloggy brethren are hopped up about Apple's disclosure, via its most recent quarterly filing …
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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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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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple found guilty of willful patent infringement  —  Apple has been found guilty of willfully infringing on a “predictive snooping” patent awarded to Opti Inc. in 2002.  The company has been ordered to pay just over $19 million in compensation, despite its attempts to have the patent thrown out.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Duplicates Twitter, Launches Status Text Updates  —  Earlier today Facebook turned on a feature to let users receive text updates from public profiles, the same way that Twitter users can receive mobile updates from specified profiles.  It's a small change but for brands it adds a lot of potential.
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Owen Thomas / Valleywag - Gawker:
Did Julia Allison Break the Law in Search of Facebook Fame?  —  Former dating columnist Julia Allison, an Internet microcelebrity now famous for not being particularly famous, has finally gone too far in her attempt to acquire Facebook fans.  She may even have broken the law.
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.
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google fixes severe Chrome security hole  —  Google released a new version of its Chrome browser Thursday to fix a high-severity security problem.  —  The problem affects Google's mainstream stable version of Chrome and is fixed in the new version 1.0.154.59.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Even when not explicit, ISP data caps still haunt users  —  Time Warner Cable's data cap plan might be history (for now), but unpublished data caps live on thanks to the “acceptable use policy.”  ISPs that continue to rely on ambiguous metrics for abuse had best tread carefully …
Discussion: Stop the Cap!
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Pthurrott / SuperSite Blog:
Secret No More: Revealing Windows XP Mode for Windows 7  —  Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott reveal a new Windows 7 application compatibility feature called Windows XP Mode.  Yes, it's that “secret new feature” you've been hearing about ...  Over a month ago, we were briefed …
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:bpmiller
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Hollywood v. RealNetworks round I begins  —  RealNetworks has its work cut out for it.  —  The software maker is trying to get a federal court judge to allow it to sell a DVD copying program called RealDVD, which enables users to make a back-up copy to their computer.
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.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
OQO's Brutal Lesson: Innovate and Die  —  OQO's ultra-mobile personal computer was one of the most anticipated devices of the last 10 years.  After briefing journalists under a shroud of secrecy, the company launched its advanced design for a fully functional Windows computer that fits …
Aulia Masna / Macworld:
Interview: Tweetie creator Loren Brichter  —  Atebits software released Tweetie for Mac this week and Aulia Masna, executive editor of Macworld Indonesia, scored an interview with author Loren Brichter in between his sleeps.  That is, if he slept at all.  Given the popularity of Tweetie …
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Macworld
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 …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Nvidia ION netbooks confirmed for June … The netbook is about to get a graphics boost as early as June Pocket-lint has learnt with a number of companies preparing to announce Nvidia ION powered models.  —  Although reluctant to tell us which companies will be announcing new models …
Fast Company:
Silicon Valley's Wired Race for Governor  —  With Governor Schwarzenegger's approval ratings plummeting and a budget crisis looming, Californians are already looking for their next gubernatorial savior—and Silicon Valley is stocking the till.  —  The Valley used to be the state's political bank …
 
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
ATandT In Bed With BT Company
Discussion: PC World and Bits
Jay Meattle / Shareaholic Blog:
Shareaholic v1.7 is here! - More services, more options
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Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Dot-com collapse prepared Bay Area companies to react to downturn
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Internet blacklist  —  The BBC goes behind the scenes …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Gamefly: USPS handles DVD rentals with kid gloves, ignores us
Discussion: Technologizer and Blue's News
Dan Roberts / Guardian:
Meet the ‘Bill Gates of Bangalore’
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Opscode Gets $2.5M to Automate the Cloud
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechFlash
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
YouTube's Bold Move Toward Profitability
Thanks:atul
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Gatekeeper Role Draws Scrutiny
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