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9:55 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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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’.
Discussion: p2pnet, Gizmodo and digg.com
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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.
Roy Blount Jr / New York Times:
The Kindle Swindle?  —  BEING president of too many well-meaning organizations put my father into an early grave.  The lesson in this was not lost on me.  But now I am president of the Authors Guild, whose mission is to sustain book-writing as a viable occupation.
Bad Science:
“Facebook causes cancer”  —  I was on newsnight a second ago, debating the rather indulgent claims of Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield and Dr Aric Sigman about Facebook and Twitter.  It's 40 minutes in to the show, which can be seen here as a wmv/rm file or here on iPlayer:
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Age Concern backs social networks but Ben Goldacre's blood pressure still rising  —  The Bad Science-buster couldn't make much impression on the “social networking makes you ill” guru, but perhaps he'll be encouraged by the news from older folks  —  Now that we've realised that social networks …
John Leyden / The Register:
Gmail phishing attack hits on heels of outage  —  Oh the humanity  —  Free whitepaper - Lower security risks and costs by minimizing the time to protection  —  Gmail users, still swooning from the extended outage on Tuesday, were hit with a widespread phishing attack hours after the blackout.
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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
Discussion: BetaNews
Mitchell / Mitchell's Blog:
EC: List of Potential Principles
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.
Discussion: Hitwise Intelligence, Thanks:berecruited
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
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
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
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: Vacuum and The Progress & …
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
15 online photo editors compared  —  Tools that let you edit photos in the Web browser have come a long way in the last few years.  We wanted to take a moment to do a feature comparison with a grouping of editors—big and small, to see what each one is capable of.
Discussion: Imaging Insider and Download Squad
Amazon Web Services Blog:
New AWS Public Data Sets - Economics, DBpedia, Freebase, and Wikipedia  —  We have just released four additional AWS public data sets, and have updated another one.  —  In the Economics category, we have added a set of transportation databases from the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Gizmodo's Amazon Kindle 2 Review Matrix  —  You don't wanna wear out your eyes reading superlong Kindle 2 reviews before you get one, right?  Well here's our review matrix for quick, easy-on-the-eyes digestion of reviews from tech's biggest names.  —  We've got reviews here from the NYT's David Pogue …
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.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Aster Data raises $5M more for data warehousing  —  Data storage startup Aster Data Systems has added another $5 million to its second round of financing, bringing its total capital to $27 million.  —  The Redwood City, Calif. company stores data for business analysis purposes for some big-name customers, including MySpace.
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
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.
Lester Haines / The Register:
Ryanair trades blows with ‘idiot blogger’  —  Online booking glitch provokes almighty punch-up  —  Free whitepaper - Lessons learned in successful implementation of enterprise learning  —  Hats off this fine morning to Ryanair, which last week traded blows with “idiot blogger” …
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 …
 
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Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
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Ryan Lawler / Contentinople:
Global Crossing Confirms CDN Initiative
Discussion: PR Newswire
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Obama's new Commerce pick has strong ties to tech, China
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
World Economic Forum Announces New Batch Of Young Global Leaders …
Paul Venezia / The Deep End:
Could the Childs case put all network admins in danger?
Discussion: Slashdot
Times of India:
Bloggers unite against SC verdict
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile's Samsung Memoir arrives, snaps photos, reviews itself
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Aaron Straup Cope / Flickr Blog:
An Abundant Present  —  Recently we enabled a quiet little feature …
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Ben Rothke / Computerworld:
Why Information Must Be Destroyed
Discussion: Beyond Search
Financial Times:
Murdoch hails ‘contrarian style’
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Hulu's hurdles  —  Internet video sharing site tries to serve fans and networks alike.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Premium-priced MacBook Pros top sales at Apple retail stores
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft spells out Windows 7 activation nags, limits
Discussion: InfoWorld and Technologizer