March 1, 2012, 4:50 AM

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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.
Robert Scoble / Google+:
First week review and first 1,000 images with Lytro — the camera that lets you refocus after you shoot  —  I was very fortunate to have had a +Lytro camera for the last week.  What is that?  It's a new kind of camera: one that captures the light field, aka all the rays of light that are hitting your subject.
Ren Ng / Lytro Blog:
Lytro in Your Hands  —  Last year, we launched Lytro with plans to build an amazing new kind of camera.  Since then, the Lytro team has worked hard to bring this technology to life and manufacture the world's first light field camera for consumers.  Today, we've proudly started shipping …
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 …
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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Foursquare Blog:
foursquare is joining the OpenStreetMap movement!  Say hi to pretty new maps!  —  We usually use this blog for big product announcements, but, as a startup, we also often think about how we can make life easier for other startups.  Today, we're doing both - a little announcement …
Deborah Netburn / Los Angeles Times:
Google's new privacy policy starts March 1; 4 ways to prepare  —  Google Inc. headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., in 2004.  (Paul Sakuma / Associated Press)  —  Google Inc. is changing its privacy policy Thursday, a move that is causing a lot of anxiety among Internet activists and some users.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
After Five Years, Draw Something Is an Overnight Hit for OMGPOP.  Now What?  —  OMGPOP is a gaming company that has been plugging away at it for some five years, backed by $16 million in venture funding.  It's had okay but not overwhelming results.  —  Until this month, when it released Draw Something.
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 …
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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.
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Ireland Signs Controversial ‘Irish SOPA’ Into Law; Kicks Off New Censorship Regime  —  Remember how EMI sued the Irish government for failing to pass a SOPA-like law that will force ISPs to act as copyright cops and censor and block access to websites that the entertainment industry doesn't like?
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.
Larry Greenemeier / Scientific American:
Could “Computational Sprinting” Speed Up Smart Phones without Burning Them Out?  —  Researchers study the idea of alternately powering up and then cooling down mobile processors to squeeze out better performance without overheating  —  The demands placed on smart phones by marathon sessions of texting …

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