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February 29, 2012, 4:15 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:
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook's Mobile Ad Plan = Twitter's Mobile Ad Plan  —  Facebook is still in the first stages of a half-day marketing event, but it has already laid out its long-awaited plan to sell ads on mobile phones.  —  But if you were paying attention to Twitter's ad news yesterday, then you already know about Facebook's ad news today.
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.
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.
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: GeekWireTweets: @fmanjoo
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 …
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 …
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.
More: Macworld
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: CNET, Betabeat and TeleRead
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.
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Facebook acquires team behind YC alum Caffeinated Mind  —  Facebook has acquired the team behind Caffeinated Mind, a small San Francisco-based startup focused on rapid in-browser file transfer and big data transfer.  —  The Caffeinated Mind team is joining Facebook to help …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
I'm Being Followed: How Google—and 104 Other Companies—Are Tracking Me on the Web  —  Who are these companies and what do they want from me?  A voyage into the invisible business that funds the web.  —  This morning, if you opened your browser and went to NYTimes.com …
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Reed Hastings: Netflix Will One Day Be Part Of Your Cable Bundle  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) is usually cast as a cable competitor, but CEO Reed Hastings said he thinks cable will eventually become an on-demand internet platform, and Netflix just another programming provider that cable can use to sell its services.
More: Gizmodo and WebProNews
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).
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 and WebProNews

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