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2:15 PM ET, February 26, 2009

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Engineering Windows 7:
Some Changes Since Beta for the RC  —  We've been quite busy for the past two months or so working through all the feedback we've received on Windows 7.  It should be no surprise but the Release Candidate for Windows 7 will have quite a few changes, many under the hood so to speak but also many visible.
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Microsoft publishes list of changes in Windows 7 RC
Discussion: SuperSite Blog and GeekTonic, Thanks:leemathews
Carol Bartz / Yodel Anecdotal:
Getting our house in order  —  A month and a half in the saddle and today I have the perfect excuse to get blogging.  —  I've been on a whirlwind tour for the last six weeks, talking with everybody from executive leaders to the guys who configured my laptop.
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Yahoo CFO Jorgensen resigns  —  Yahoo CFO Blake Jorgensen, who addressed analysts at the Goldman Sachs Technology Conference in San Francisco yesterday, has resigned from the company.  In a very brief SEC filing, the company wrote: … He was pretty much a Yahoo cheerleader during the Goldman Sachs event …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to further polish Leopard with 10.5.7 update  —  Apple this week is believed to have tapped its vast developer community to begin testing Mac OS X 10.5.7, a sizable maintenance and security update to the company's Leopard operating system with a particular focus on syncing improvements.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia considering entering laptop industry  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - The world's top mobile phone maker Nokia is eyeing entering the laptop business, its Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said in an interview to Finnish national broadcaster YLE on Wednesday.
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Nokia plotting Symbian laptops
Discussion: IntoMobile and Gizmodo
Frederik Schaffalitzky / Google LatLong:
Explore more with User Photos in Street View  —  Starting today, a new feature lets you browse popular user-contributed photos from Panoramio at major landmarks around the world.  The many people who virtually visit Paris to see the famous Eiffel Tower or the Notre Dame cathedral in Street View …
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
User Photos Enhance Google Street View
Discussion: Obsessable
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Microsoft Finally Reveals Some Of The Patents It Claims Linux Infringes... Sorta  —  For years, Microsoft has waved around the FUD stick concerning the 200+ patents it claimed to hold that Linux implementations supposedly infringed upon.  However, when confronted, the company never seemed willing to name a single such patent.
Discussion: OStatic blogs
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why Are iPhone Users Willing to Pay for Content?  —  It may be no surprise that the bestselling computer book so far this year is “iPhone: The Missing Manual,” by my colleague David Pogue (O'Reilly, 2007).  —  But here is something that did surprise me: The most popular edition of this book isn't on paper …
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Sydney Morning Herald:
Web censorship plan heads towards a dead end  —  The Government's plan to introduce mandatory internet censorship has effectively been scuttled, following an independent senator's decision to join the Greens and Opposition in blocking any legislation required to get the scheme started.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Live: Zuckerberg Announces Next Steps on Facebook's Terms of Service  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be announcing the next steps Facebook is taking “to improve user understanding and ownership of the Facebook terms of service and, more generally, the policies of the Facebook service,” shortly this morning.
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and All Facebook, Thanks:justinsmith
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Trial Day 9: BitTorrent Is Not Evil  —  First up today was Kristoffer Schollin who spoke via telephone from Gothenburg University.  He explained he is a lecturer in IT law with a particular interest in file-sharing and has written a paper on Digital Rights Management (DRM).
Discussion: Ars Technica, p2pnet and The Local
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google Enters the Twitter Game : Google + Twitter = Twoogling?  —  Google is now on Twitter.  As insane as it may seem, it has taken Google years to start using their Google account, which is located at Twitter.com/Google  —  Google + Twitter = Twoogling?
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook now available to order, officially  —  After a rocky start that is becoming increasingly common for the company, Dell has now officially made its new Mini 10 netbook available for order.  The snazzy little netbook first appeared on the site for pre-order a few days ago …
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
First Wave of Cisco Layoffs Begins  —  Cisco Systems Inc. laid off several hundred employees this week, joining other tech giants that have cut staff as they deal with the recession.  —  The layoffs are the first wave of a planned cut of up to 2,000 employees.
Discussion: CNET News, Digital Daily and 247 Wall Street, Thanks:atul
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Let SearchMonkey Feed Your Facebook Addiction  —  Starting today, Facebook enhanced results will automatically appear in search results.  This means users can add a friend, poke, send a message, and view a person's friends from the deep links on the search results page.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Better Interface for Uploading Gmail Attachments  —  Gmail improved substantially the interface for uploading attachments: now you can select multiple attachments at once and there's a progress bar that displays the status of your uploads.  It's much easier to upload multiple files from a folder …
Asavin Wattanajantra / IT PRO - Today:
Should Jack Straw use Hotmail for gov business?  —  Security firm criticises the Justice Secretary for using a Hotmail email account to talk to his constituents and government contacts.  —  UK Justice Secretary Jack Straw has been criticised by a security vendor for using a Hotmail account …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
VMWare For Mobile Devices Lets You Run Windows and Android Simultaneously  —  Ok, this is even cooler than we expected: a Nokia N800, loaded with VMWare's MVP hypervisor, is seen here running Windows CE and Android, at the same time.  This is a big deal!  —  What you're watching is, admittedly, virtualization.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New York Times to the Web: Hands Off Our “T”!  —  The New York Times is justifiably proud of the work its staff publishes on the its flagship Web site every day.  It's also very proud of the first letter of its name.  —  That seems to be the lesson in a flap between the paper and Newser …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com: High maintenance costs are pushing customers to us  —  Salesforce.com delivered strong fourth quarter results that put CEO Marc Benioff in a more chatty mood than usual.  The big takeaway: Salesforce.com is using high maintenance costs from big vendors like Oracle and SAP to its advantage.
Discussion: eWeek, Seeking Alpha and PR Newswire
Paul Hales / Inquirer:
PowerBook explodes in London office  —  STAFF IN THE London office of a marketing company were left shocked and reeling yesterday after an Apple PowerBook burst into flames.  —  The company asked not to be identified, as IT manager Steven told how he was called to the scene by reports of smoke billowing out of an employee's computer.
Thanks:richi
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Dell's A Mess, And Will Continue To Be  —  Dell [DELL Loading...  () ] will release its fourth quarter earnings after the bell tonight, and despite some draconian cost cuts and a rock-bottom share price, it is an unattractive investment.  And will be for the foreseeable future.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Twitter = YouTube.  —  What?  Is Battelle crazy?  Hear me out.  Think back when YouTube was growing like a weed, and Google snapped it up.  Most folks (including me) saw this as Google “getting into the video business,” and sure, that in fact was one part of the equation.
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
Mobile Ad Publishers Asked to Verify Display Ad Campaigns  —  Publishers of mobile content were told by Omnicom's OMD to obtain third-party verification for mobile display ad campaigns.  Running ads through third-party authentication allows for more consistent reporting between the Web …
 
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
Google Challenges Hackers to Native Client Security Contest
Discussion: The Open Road and Zero Day
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
New phishing scam targets MobileMe users
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Troubling Implications Of Recognizing ‘Hot News’ As Property
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL International Head Out: Rejiggering Commences!
Discussion: paidContent
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Happy birthday, Yahoo Buzz. Who are you again?
Discussion: Yodel Anecdotal
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Music Labels Reach A New Low, Sue Developer For Using Seeqpod API
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Google's EU Gambit Is Stupid
Discussion: IT PRO
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Palm Energizes Developers for the Pre Phone
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, CrunchGear and Obsessable