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February 29, 2012, 3:30 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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Reveals Mobile News Feed Ads and Massive Logout Page Ads  —  Facebook has just unveiled that premium ads built off of Page news feed posts will now be eligible to appear on the mobile news feed and the logout page, in addition to the web news feed and web sidebar.
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Facebook introduces Premium: A marketer's dream, a user's nightmare?  —  “People worry that technology will disconnect us, but study after study...has shown that it strengthens us,” said Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg today in New York City.  —  What Facebook's technology is doing, is connecting brands with human beings.
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Seth Godin / The Domino Project:
Who decides what gets sold in the bookstore?  —  We can probably agree that the local supermarket has no moral or ethical or business obligation to sell cherry-flavored Cap'n Crunch.  If the owner doesn't like cherries, she doesn't have to sell them.  —  And the cereal maker shouldn't work under …
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 …
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Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Helpful Tips For Keeping Your Job As Editor Of Techcrunch  —  I rarely get writers block, but I've aborted multiple attempts to write about the leadership change at TechCrunch yesterday.  So I'm going to keep it simple.  —  I'm exceptionally bummed that so many people have left TechCrunch.
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 …
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 …
More: GeekWire and You're the BossTweets: @fmanjoo
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.
Darrell Etherington / BetaKit:
Eye-Fi Raises $20M, Plans Platform Expansion  —  Eye-Fi, the Mountain View company responsible for creating the first Wi-Fi-enabled SD cards for use in digital cameras, is announcing a $20 million Series D round of funding today.  The funding is led by NTT DOCOMO, the largest mobile network operator …
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.
Katherine Boehret / AllThingsD:
SmugMug's Camera Awesome Photography App Review  —  Photography standards have taken a nose dive lately.  The photos shared on social networks are often captured on smartphone cameras, which can take poor quality shots.  Even photos captured at higher resolutions get downgraded when posted on social networks, including Facebook.
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).
Nancy Gohring / ITworld.com:
Google once considered issuing currency  —  After discovering legal hurdles, it ditched the idea of ‘Google Bucks’  —  Google once considered issuing its own currency, to be called Google Bucks, company Chairman Eric Schmidt said on stage in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress Tuesday.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Cloud service SugarSync raises another $15M to help it fight Dropbox, Apple, and more  —  Cloud syncing service SugarSync has raised $15 million in its fourth round of funding, some well-deserved cash that will help it grow and define itself in a hugely competitive cloud storage market.
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 …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Foursquare on why recycling your data is good for you  —  CEO Dennis Crowley on the benefits—to consumers and to Foursquare—that come from taking user data and creating recommendations.  —  Foursquare co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon Kindle Lending Library tops 100,000 titles  —  Amazon.com has expanded to more than 100,000 titles the library of e-books available for borrowing at no extra charge by Amazon Kindle owners who subscribe to the company's Amazon Prime subscription service.

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