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February 29, 2012, 2:30 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:
Microsoft Won't Support Some Business Features on ARM, But Will Offer “Windows to Go”  —  While Windows for ARM-based processors will offer many of the same features as the version for traditional PC chips, the list of differences is growing.  —  Microsoft disclosed on Wednesday that Windows …
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.
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 …
More: WebProNews
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
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.
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 and TeleRead
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).
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
More: Mashable!
Nathan Vardi / The Jungle:
Feds Indict Former Online Gambling Billionaire Calvin Ayre  —  Federal prosecutors in Baltimore on Tuesday unsealed an indictment against Calvin Ayre, the former Canadian billionaire who founded Bodog, one of the world's biggest online gambling firms.  Ayre is accused of operating …
More: Techdirt
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Justin Kan Launches Exec For Real-Time Mobile Jobs  —  Justin Kan is back with a new startup and a new approach.  —  Kan was known as the guy who popped up around Silicon Valley with a camera on his hat, live-streaming his life online for all to see.  Kan turned that idea into Justin.TV …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft testing Windows Phone 8 with dual-core Snapdragon S4 for Sprint?  —  Microsoft's Windows Phone engineering team is currently testing the Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.  The dual-core 1.5GHz system-on-chip is undergoing tests …
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.
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.

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