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February 29, 2012, 11:15 AM

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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.
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Windows 8 Consumer Preview now available to download (updated with hands-on impressions)  —  At an event in Barcelona, to coincide with Mobile World Congress 2012, an ever-so-slightly-manic Steven Sinofsky has announced the immediate availability of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview …
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.
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.
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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 …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Apple Loophole Gives Developers Access to Photos  —  Developers of applications for Apple's mobile devices, and Apple itself, came under scrutiny this month after reports that some apps were taking people's address book information without their knowledge.  —  As it turns out, address books are not the only things up for grabs.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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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 …
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.
Paul Sonne / Wall Street Journal:
James Murdoch Steps Down as Executive Chair of News International  —  LONDON—News Corp. said Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch is stepping down as executive chairman of the company's beleaguered U.K. newspaper unit, a move that comes as he relocates to New York in the role of deputy chief operating officer.
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.
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 …

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