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7:30 AM ET, February 25, 2009

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Nate Lanxon / CNET News:
Safari 4 benchmarked: 42x faster than IE 7, 3.5x faster than Firefox 3  —  Proving itself a staggering 42 times faster at rendering JavaScript than IE 7, our benchmarks confirm Apple's Safari 4 browser, released in beta today, is the fastest browser on the planet.
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Safari 4 beta fast, mixes polish, rough UI edges  —  Apple on Tuesday released Safari 4 beta, a new version of its browser for Mac OS X and Windows.  This update brings a bunch of new features, including a flashy new Top Sites view, a completely redesigned Windows UI, and support for some impressive emerging Web standards.
Sundar Pichai / Google Public Policy Blog:
Browsers powered by user choice  —  Last month the European Commission confirmed that it had sent a statement of objections to Microsoft about the tying of Internet Explorer to the Windows operating system, which it said “harms competition between web browsers, undermines product innovation and ultimately reduces consumer choice.”
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Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Microsoft fears EU fine over browser  —  BERLIN: The European Commission is threatening a “significant fine” against Microsoft for bundling its Web browser into Windows and may require the company to offer a range of competing browsers in all new PCs.  —  This disclosure is related …
Discussion: BetaNews
Mitchell / Mitchell's Blog:
EC: List of Potential Principles
Discussion: Asa Dotzler
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Joining Europe's Anti-Microsoft Antitrust Pile-On
Discussion: CNET News
Associated Press:
Google pays for e-mail outage with 15-day credit  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google Inc. is making amends for an e-mail outage by giving 15 days of free service to businesses, government agencies and other subscribers who pay for an expanded version of the product.
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Acacio Cruz / Gmail Blog:
Update on today's Gmail outage  —  Gmail had a major outage early this morning: for about two and a half hours starting at 1:30 am PST while many of our users in the US were asleep, many people couldn't access their email.  Lots of people around the world who rely on Gmail were disrupted during …
Acacio Cruz / The Official Google Blog:
Update on Gmail  —  The Gmail outage that affected many consumers …
WMPoweruser.com:
Windows Mobile 7 coming next year, says Ballmer  —  Microsoft has had an conference call earlier today, and Steve Ballmer spoke about Windows Mobile as one of its 7 big businesses.  —  According to Ballmer, Microsoft has been ramping up expenditure in the Windows Mobile segment over the last few years …
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Bloomberg:   Ballmer Says He Doesn't Want to Become ‘Jerry Yang’ of Web Search Market
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Trial Day 8: Pirates Kill the Music Biz  —  Today's first witness is Tobias Andersson from Piratbyrån and later on the IFPI's CEO John Kennedy will testify, although it's not expected that he will respond to the open letter and peace offering issued yesterday by the ‘Kopimists’.
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Prosecution Alters Pirate Bay Charges in Bid to Win Conviction  —  Special correspondent Oscar Swartz reports.  —  STOCKHOLM - The Pirate Bay prosecutor altered the copyright-infringement charges Tuesday to make it easier to convict the four defendants who co-founded the world's most notorious BitTorrent tracker.
Discussion: paidContent and TorrentFreak
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Members of Congress twitter through Obama's big speech  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Members of Congress twittered their way through President Obama's nationally televised speech Tuesday night, providing a first-of-its-kind running commentary that took users of the social networking site inside the packed House chamber.
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Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Just Work Please: Mainstream Media Meets the Fail Whale
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Microblink
Ryan Spoon:
Perez Hilton Hits 14,000,000 Pageviews Yesterday.  Wow.  —  You might not be interested in celebrity news and gossip...  You might not consider it important or meaningful...  But to the web, it is significant and marks a major move in the Digital Media space.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The unrecognizable Internet of 1996.  —  The Internet of 1996 is almost unrecognizable compared with what we have today.  —  It's 1996, and you're bored.  What do you do?  If you're one of the lucky people with an AOL account, you probably do the same thing you'd do in 2009: Go online.
Discussion: The Progress & …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Connected Life Head Marco Boerries To Leave Yahoo  —  Yahoo's top mobile exec Marco Boerries is departing Yahoo, according to an internal email obtained by BoomTown that he sent to sent to some staffers on Sunday.  —  I have also confirmed Boerries' departure with company insiders familiar with the situation.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Rebecca Buckman / Forbes:   Bartz's Big Move
Kdoctor / Content Bridges:
Chronicle Crackdown Prompts Question: Where's the Bay Area Online Super Startup?  —  We knew that Hearst's moves in Seattle — saying in early January that it would sell or close down the Post-Intelligencer — was just a dry run for San Francisco.  After all, the Hearst-owned Chronicle …
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Brett Slatkin / Google App Engine Blog:
New!  Grow your app beyond the free quotas!  —  We're psyched to announce that developers can now purchase additional computing resources on App Engine, enabling apps to scale beyond our free quotas.  This has been our most requested improvement to App Engine and we're thrilled to deliver it, as promised.
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Google Warns Users About ViddyHo  —  After Google Talk users were targeted by scammers attempting to steal their login information, Google warned them to use caution when asked for personal information online. … “This is a phishing attempt,” the company said in a statement …
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Fast-Spreading Phishing Scam Hits Gmail Users
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
New Google toolbar for IE includes desktop search  —  Google on Tuesday released a new version if its software toolbar for Internet Explorer.  Included is a feature carried over from the company's desktop search product—a search box that runs whether or not you have your browser open.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile's Samsung Memoir arrives, snaps photos, reviews itself  —  The Samsung Memoir has been rumored to make its way to the nation's newest 3G network for a very, very long time.  Starting today, however, it's available in all of T-Mobile's retail stores, online, and over the phone.
Paul Venezia / The Deep End:
Could the Childs case put all network admins in danger?  —  If Childs is convicted of some charges actually brought against him, any network admin could go to jail for doing their job  —  Later this week, San Francisco's infamous network admin Terry Childs will appear in court …
Discussion: Slashdot
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Obama's new Commerce pick has strong ties to tech, China  —  President Obama may soon announce former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as his third choice for secretary of commerce.  —  A White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity told CNET News it is likely that the president will nominate Locke to run the department.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Premium-priced MacBook Pros top sales at Apple retail stores  —  Despite repeated calls from industry watchers for Apple to cut prices on its computer line, a new study reveals that sales of the company's premium-priced MacBook Pros are topping all other Macs at the majority of U.S.-based Apple stores.
Discussion: Gadget Lab
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Times of India:
Bloggers unite against SC verdict
Aaron Straup Cope / Flickr Blog:
An Abundant Present  —  Recently we enabled a quiet little feature …
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Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Server sales cratered in Q4, says IDC
Discussion: Digits, Between the Lines and eWeek
Ben Rothke / Computerworld:
Why Information Must Be Destroyed
Discussion: Beyond Search
Financial Times:
Murdoch hails ‘contrarian style’
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Hulu's hurdles  —  Internet video sharing site tries to serve fans and networks alike.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft spells out Windows 7 activation nags, limits
Discussion: Softpedia News and Technologizer
Brian Steinberg / Boston Globe:
Advertisers need patience to tap into Web's potential
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Lehman Brothers Spins Off Venture Capital Arm
Google LatLong:
Graduation day for Map Maker
Discussion: WebProNews, Thanks:atul