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12:05 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
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, Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
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.
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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?
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google says hello to Twitter with a stream of 1s and 0s
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft lawyer 'won't speculate' on Linux suits  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Microsoft's top intellectual property lawyer said that the company's legal action against TomTom over Linux was specific to that company, but he declined to say whether other suits over the open source operating system might follow.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Microsoft Finally Reveals Some Of The Patents It Claims Linux Infringes... Sorta
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft sues TomTom over Linux and other patent claims
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
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 …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   It's NYTCo's Turn To Complain About Aggregators
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 …
Tracey John / MTV Multiplayer:
Id Software Hopes ‘Quake Live’ Lasts At Least A Decade  —  The makers of “Quake Live,” a new browser-based online multiplayer game based on “Quake III: Arena,” talk about how hard it was getting it to work with different browsers and how they plan to make “Quake” appeal to a much broader audience …
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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 …
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.
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: p2pnet
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL International Head Out: Rejiggering Commences!  —  Yahoo's not the only place BoomTown gets internal corporate memos from!  —  Here are two about big changes in AOL's international-such that it is-unit, as the head of it-Maneesh Dhir (pictured here)-moves on.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Josh Cohen / Google News Blog:
Ads in Google News search results  —  If you're in the US, starting today you may notice something a bit different when you search Google News.  —  Last November, we announced plans to begin experimenting with ads on a number of Google properties, including news query refinements within Google search.
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, PR Newswire and Seeking Alpha
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.
Jaimee Steele / comScore:
comScore: Light PC Internet Users Are 30 Percent More Likely than Heavy PC Internet Users to Access Mobile Internet Content  —  Results from first PC/Mobile Internet overlap panel suggest  —  Mobile can enhance a PC digital advertising campaign  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) …
Discussion: GigaOM, GPS Obsessed and ResourceShelf
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Hacking contest offers $10,000 for iPhone exploit  —  Pwn2Own your smartphone  —  Free whitepaper - Trend Micro marries security with Cloud Computing  —  An annual hacker competition planned for next month has setting its sights on Apple's iPhone and four other smart phones in a contest …
Discussion: DVLabs and AppScout
 
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