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February 29, 2012, 11:15 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:
David Pierce / The Verge:
Lytro review  —  You've never seen a camera like this before There are a few easy ways to make a digital camera better: make the sensor bigger, improve the quality of the lens, speed up the processor.  But those are incremental improvements on a basic technology that hasn't changed much in a long time.
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.
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.
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:
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 …
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 …
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Tim Bray / Android Developers Blog:
Android Design V2: Now with stencils  —  [This post is by Android designer Alex Faaborg, on behalf of the entire User Experience team.  —Tim Bray]  —  When we initially released Android Design, by far the number one request we received was for us to release stencils as well.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Study: Gamers are gaga for virtual goods  —  Consumer spending on virtual goods has doubled since 2009, according to a survey by Visa's PlaySpan digital monetization division.  And the total U.S. market value for virtual goods grew 28 percent to $2.3 billion in 2011.
Adrienne Burke / Techonomy:
Crowdfunding Set to Explode with Passage of Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act  —  Nearly $100 million in seed money was pledged last year to startups and creative projects through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.com-just one of many websites now dedicated to matching projects with people …
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.
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Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Judges Say No To Crack, Refuse ‘Crackberry’ Trademark  —  Embattled BlackBerry maker Research In Motion got a rare bit of good news this week after judges refused to let a gadget site trademark the name “Crackberry.”  —  The ruling came after RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) asked the Trademark …

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