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March 1, 2012, 1:55 AM

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Flipboard's Latest Brings Cover Stories To The iPad, Plus A New French Edition  —  Flipboard is rolling out the first major update to its social magazine tonight since its December launch on the iPhone.  The new release brings the iPhone app's most popular feature, “Cover Stories,” to the iPad's bigger screen.
Griffin McElroy / The Verge:
Blizzard lays off 600, likely primarily in customer service  —  Blizzard Entertainment is eliminating 600 positions from its global workforce, the publisher announced earlier today.  The layoffs came as a result of reviews of the company's organizational structure, with a press release announcement specifying …
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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