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February 29, 2012, 12:30 PM

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Kent Walter / The Windows Blog:
Introducing Windows 8 Consumer Preview  —  Moments ago in Barcelona, we announced the release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, available to download now for anyone interested in trying it out.  We've been hard at work for many months now, and while we still have lots more to do …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview detailed impressions  —  The early days of Windows were inauspicious ones.  Sitting on top of DOS, it was hardly a revolution in personal computing — instead it felt like a disjointed platform perched uncomfortably atop a command prompt, ready to come crashing down at any moment.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Windows 8: system requirements for the Consumer Preview  —  You can download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (read: public beta) right now, and while we're afraid you won't be able to install it on your ARM tablet, just about any x86 desktop, laptop, or slate in recent memory should be able to run the new OS.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
It's Windows 8 download day: Here's what we know  —  Summary: Here's my ‘live’ FAQ with all the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows Server 8 beta and Visual Studio “11″ tidbits from my contacts and around the Web.  —  I'm not in Barcelona — where Microsoft is launching the Consumer Preview (beta) of Windows 8 today.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Opens Timeline To All Biz Pages, Mandatory After 30 Days Of Curation  —  Facebook Pages around the world can now upgrade to Timeline, allowing businesses to express themselves more visually through a redesign consistent with what was pushed to user profiles this fall.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Google's Susan Wojcicki: Where we're heading  —  Nearly all the company's revenues come from her products.  Now, Google's Susan Wojcicki weighs in on what's next for advertising and what the search giant stands to learn from Google+.  —  FORTUNE — It's been said before, but it's worth saying again …
Davidw / Joho the Blog:
Apple blocking books that link to Amazon  —  Seth Godin reports that the Apple store is refusing to carry his new book: … Seth is properly nervous about imposing demands on private companies about what they will or will not carry.  But he finds what I think is the right argument in this case. first …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Raspberry Pi credit-card sized Linux PCs are on sale now, $25 Model A gets a RAM bump  —  The good news is that Raspberry Pi's highly anticipated teeny-tiny Linux computers are on sale now, just barely making the promised February launch window (good thing it's a leap year).
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Spotify Exec Ken Parks On “Windowing”: Mind-Boggling, Very Bad, Hostile  —  The biggest threat right now to subscription-based music services isn't coming from consumers or record labels—with millions of customers paying for monthly plans to Spotify and Rhapsody, all four majors see the services as major new sources of revenue.
More: Betabeat
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Feature: How Red Hat killed its core product—and became a billion-dollar business  —  A decade ago, Linux developer Red Hat faced a decision that would make or break the company: whether to stop producing the very product that gave Red Hat its name.  The company was built on Red Hat Linux …
Thanks:@jbrodkin
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
eBay's iPad trade-ins up 10-fold from same time last year  —  eBay says 10 times the number of people traded in their iPads during February than did during the same time year.  —  Stack of iPads are piled up at the San Francisco Apple Store at the 2010 launch.
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook claims you're playing games you aren't playing  —  Summary: Facebook recommends games to you based on what your friends are playing.  Unfortunately, the Discover New Games module is lying: it often claims your friends are playing games they aren't.  —  Facebook's “Discover New Games” algorithm is broken.
More: WebProNewsThanks:@emilprotalinski
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Dolphin Browser adds Sonar: Useful voice search  —  Voice search on mobiles is becoming all the rage, and the folks behind the popular Dolphin Browser are adding more voice functionality in their latest version.  Dolphin Sonar is part of the 7.4 release of Dolphin Browser for Android …
More: VatorNews
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
HP lays off 275 employees from webOS division  —  We've just received word that HP has laid off more than 270 employees from its webOS division as it “no longer needs many of the engineering and other related positions that it required before.”  This follows just behind the departure …
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Chinese relish crack in Great Firewall, log on to Facebook  —  (Reuters) - Some Chinese Internet users have this week been able to access blocked websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, relishing the newfound freedom although the reason for the breach in China's Great Firewall of censorship was a mystery.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
“Spreading Santorum” Drops At Google; New Site Keeps Anal Sex Definition At Number One  —  As Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum loses two primary races to rival Mitt Romney, perhaps he can console himself with, ironically, another loss.  Spreading Santorum, the page defining …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook Pitches Advertisers on a New Ad Model  —  Facebook sold $3 billion worth of ads last year, but it's still feeling its way around the ad business.  —  And the ad business still isn't sure what to make of Facebook: Grand new marketing paradigm, or a collection of 800 million people …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Sources: New Apple TV launching in March, near-immediate availability hinted for new iPads  —  iPads and Apple TVs work together for innovative AirPlay features  —  Reliable sources familiar with Apple's upcoming product release have said that the company is in fact launching a new Apple TV alongside the next-generation iPad.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's Windows Azure has a meltdown  —  Summary: Customers on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform are reporting they've been down for hours.  —  Customers are reporting that Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud platform has been experiencing a major meltdown in geographies across the world.
Ian Simpson / Reuters:
Wired world to be boon, bane for Generation Y: survey  —  (Reuters) - There is a good chance young people growing up in today's always-wired world will eventually become bright, nimble decision makers - if they don't wind up intellectual lightweights unable to concentrate long enough to chew over a good book.

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