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7:45 PM ET, April 3, 2011


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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft's Windows 8 recipe: Hint of Office, dash of Xbox, ounce of Windows Phone  —  Microsoft has already hinted that it wants to make Windows more like Xbox by supporting the Kinect sensor technology and adopting elements of the Xbox Live interface for Windows-based games.
Discussion: PC World, TechSpot and Softpedia News
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows 8 Explorer teases file syncing and web sharing  —  Earlier today, Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott released the second batch of screenshots featuring unlocked features inside the latest build of Windows 8 to be leaked.  It's apparent now Microsoft is committed to bringing the Ribbon user experience …
Mike Lennon / SecurityWeek:
Massive Breach at Epsilon Compromises Customer Lists of Major Brands  —  Major Breach at World's Largest Permission Based Email Marketing Services Company Affects Wide Range of Major Brands - List Continues to Grow  —  Due to the growing list of brands disclosing that they have been compromised …
Dan Hart / Bloomberg:
JPMorgan, Kroger, Capital One, TiVo Warn of E-Mail Breaches
Discussion: The Next Web, CNET News and Joe Manna
Daniel Bailey / ConceivablyTech:
Firefox 5: Social Sharing, Home Tab, PDF Viewer, Tab Apps  —  Details about the next version of Firefox are slowly emerging.  The browser will receive significant UI revisions and feature updates that will make Firefox more social and adopt several features that are already working well in Google's Chrome browser.
Discussion: Techie Buzz and Slashdot
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Erasing the Digital Past  —  THE Internet never forgets.  —  Just ask the New York City teacher who recently divorced his wife of five years.  Drop his name into Google, and his ex-wife appears in pictures of vacations and Christmas parties.  “It's difficult when you're trying to date …
Discussion: Digital Trends and Gawker
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Gmail Motion April Fools' gag inevitably turned into reality using Kinect (video)  —  It had to happen.  When Google showed off a new and revolutionary Gmail Motion control scheme yesterday, it failed to fool most people, but it didn't fail to catch the attention of some motion control geeks with Kinect cameras on hand.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google's Larry Page must mend image of firm, self  —  Tackling Google's mounting public perception challenges should sit high on the “to do” list as co-founder Larry Page steps into the CEO role on Monday, observers say.  —  A series of antitrust probes, privacy blunders and regulatory slaps …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Larry Page set to take over as Google CEO starting Monday
Discussion: Associated Press
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Ballmer HAD To Make Windows The Center Of Microsoft's Tablet Strategy — Even If It Kills Them  —  Microsoft's tablet strategy — wait for the next version of Windows — will probably end up costing the company its long-held Windows monopoly, at least among consumers.
Fortune:   Microsoft's office: Why insiders think top management has lost its way
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iOS 5 packs Photo Stream social feature into  —  We already told you that Apple has a photo-based social component called Photo Stream up its sleeve and now glimpses of this feature are appearing in customer's iPhones. 9to5mac reader Mario Piombo spotted references to Photo Stream albums in his iOS 4.3 iPhone 4.
Riva Richmond / New York Times:
The RSA Hack: How They Did It  —  The hack last month at RSA Security has been shrouded in mystery.  —  How did a hacker manage to infiltrate one of the world's top computer-security companies?  And could the data that was stolen be used to impair its SecurID products …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why the US needs to blacklist, censor pirate websites  —  Piracy runs rampant on the Internet, but Daniel Castro says it doesn't have to be this way.  He wants the US government to start creating a blacklist of Internet sites; once approved by a judge, each site would be cut off …
Marco Arment /
Time bombs  —  Fred Wilson today updated and reiterated his suggestion to develop on Android first: … I don't think so.  The Verizon iPhone has only been out for two months, and it has shown steady daily sales, comparable to the GSM model in the U.S., but without a massive bump up front.
Discussion: @stevecheney and
Mike Isaac / Gadget Lab:
Android Trojan Highlights Risks of Open Markets  —  Android users who go outside the official Android Market must be careful which apps they install.  Photo (of an HTC Droid Eris) by Jon Snyder/  —  Android enthusiasts have long championed Google's “open” philosophy towards the smartphone platform.
Discussion: eWeek
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