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9:55 AM ET, April 25, 2009

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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 Release Candidate Update  —  There certainly has been a lot of discussion about Windows 7 in the last few weeks.  A lot of folks want to know when they can get their hands on the official RC, when we are going to RTM, and what I had for breakfast.
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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.
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 …
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Scott Woodgate / The Windows Blog:
Coming Soon: Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC  —  Windows XP Mode is specifically designed to help small businesses move to Windows 7.  Windows XP Mode provides you with the flexibility to run many older productivity applications on a Windows 7 based PC.
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
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Raising Bill Gates  —  SEATTLE — Spend time with the family of Bill Gates, and eventually someone will mention the water incident.  —  The future software mogul was a headstrong 12-year-old and was having a particularly nasty argument with his mother at the dinner table.
Discussion: Digits, Thanks:atul
Chris Wilson / Slate:
It's time to move beyond those squiggly letter tests that Web sites use to weed out spam.  —  If only someone had listened to computer scientist Moni Naor in 1996, proving that you're human on the Internet would have been so much more interesting.  Naor was among the first to propose …
Discussion: Slashdot
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Twitter Clients Are a UI Design Playground  —  Twitter's elevation into the mainstream has, predictably, spawned a backlash against the service.  To paraphrase the great Yogi Berra, “Nobody uses Twitter anymore; there are too many people using it.”  —  The most interesting product …
Discussion: Twitterrati and Macworld, Thanks:atul
Forbes:
The full text of Steve Jobs' deposition to the Securities and Exchange Commission.  —  On March 18, 2008, attorneys for the Securities and Exchange Commission grilled Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs over issues of backdating of stock options.  Forbes obtained the 119-page sworn deposition …
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.
Owen Thomas / 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.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google's New “What's Popular” Feature Aims to Clone Digg  —  Google's personalized home page, iGoogle, added a new feature that basically clones the core features of Digg and StumbleUpon by embedding them into a gadget that is easily accessible from right within the web desktop.
Thanks:steverubel
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Did AT&T Lie To Congress About Using Behavioral Advertising?  —  Congress is apparently holding hearings this week about behavioral advertising — the controversial online practice of targeting ads to people based on where they surf.  In the past, Congress has suggested that firms such as NebuAd that do this are breaking the law.
Discussion: MediaPost and DSLreports
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
ATandT In Bed With BT Company
Discussion: Bits
 
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Loren Bendele / VentureBeat:
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Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Google's Larry Page to be a father
Nicole Ferraro / Internet Evolution:
Forget Acquisitions: Digg's Focused on Recommendations
Thanks:catm127
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Bill Gossman is social network Hi5's new chief executive
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteHire, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft cancels company picnic
Discussion: TechFlash
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Hollywood v. RealNetworks round I begins
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Duplicates Twitter, Launches Status Text Updates
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Even when not explicit, ISP data caps still haunt users
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Ofcom warns Project Canvas could face competition investigation
Discussion: paidContent and ISPreview UK
Jay Meattle / Shareaholic Blog:
Shareaholic v1.7 is here! - More services, more options
Thanks:meattle