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February 29, 2012, 12:10 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:
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
More: WebProNewsThanks:@emilprotalinski
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.
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.
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.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
iOS loophole gives developers access to photos, sources say a fix is coming  —  Another day, another iOS security concern.  Today's confidence-defeating news comes from Nick Bilton at the New York Times.  Bilton writes at the paper's Bits blog that a loophole has been discovered in iOS …
Nick Bilton / Bits:

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