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February 29, 2012, 1:05 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.
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.
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.
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Timeline for Facebook pages: a complete overview of new features  —  Facebook today unveils Timeline for pages — a combination of design elements and moderation features that give organizations the controls they need to maintain an effective presence on the social network.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple vs. Proview: We Lawyers Have a Word for Cases Like This, and It Starts With “Cluster”  —  The hearing that could determine ownership of the iPad trademark in China kicked off this morning with a broad rehash of the battle we've seen play out in the media over the past few weeks …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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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