Engineering Windows 7:
A few more changes from Beta to RC... Hey folks, just wanted to provide another update (building on the recent post on some changes since Beta) on some of the changes you will see in the Release Candidate. Again, there are many and this is not an exhaustive list.
Gregg Keizer / PC World: Windows 7 Release Candidate Shows Up on File-Sharing Sites
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft: Microsoft weekend roundup: Win 7, GP 11 and more
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica: Microsoft details 27 more tweaks from Windows 7 beta to RC
Chloe Albanesius / AppScout: Microsoft Unveils More Windows 7 Release Candidate Details
Kelly Fiveash / The Register: MS packs yet more tweaks into ‘near-ready’ Windows 7
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider: Microsoft Makes 27 More Changes To Windows 7, Keeps Things On Schedule
Jose Vilches / TechSpot: Microsoft details new changes to Windows 7
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget: Windows 7 bug fixes to include multitouch zoom for Explorer
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com: Microsoft Lists More Changes in Windows 7 Release Candidate
David Wood / Symbian Foundation Blog:
Introducing the Release Plan — There's a lot of activity underway, throughout the software development teams for all the different packages that make up the Symbian Platform. — These packages are finding their way into platform releases. The plan is that there will be two platform releases each year.
Brad Linder / Download Squad: Symbian moves to a 6 month release schedule
Tom Krazit / CNET News: Symbian sets schedule for OS road map
Marin Perez / InformationWeek: Symbian Sets Timetable For Software Rollout
Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian: Symbian Foundation OS release schedules published
Shawn Ingram / Gadgetell: Symbian Foundation outlines Symbian's future
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Symbian Platform Plans Six Month Releases
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile: Symbian Foundation's release schedule is a five-version juggling act
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: Symbian Unveils Platform Release Schedule
Brian James Kirk / MobileBurn.com: Symbian Foundation OS could reach devices by end of 2009
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Kumo home page — We've seen a number of screen shots of Kumo.com, but this is the first one we've seen of the home page: — Note the pager at the bottom right. — We like this idea of deploying Kumo internally, so that MS employees who apparently don't read LiveSide, and “didn't get the memo” …
Discussion: Technologizer, Ars Technica, Microsoft Pri0, Search Engine Land and Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: More About Microsoft's Kumo Search Engine, Sort of
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica: Kumo homepage screenshot leaks, shows many minor tweaks
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0: Microsoft Live Search share drops to 12-month low; Will rebranding it help?
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Preview Of Microsoft's Kumo Home Page?
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Googlers Shocked By Armstrong Defection — We've been calling and emailing our sources at Google, AOL, and the ad agencies to gauge the industry's reaction to news that Google US sales boss Tim Armstrong would replace Randy Falco as AOL CEO. — Most of our sources asked to remain anonymous …
Discussion: Epicenter, Local Onliner, GMSV, Between the Lines, Washington Post and BoomTown
Fred Vogelstein / Epicenter: Has Google's Tim Armstrong Lost His Mind?
John Murrell / GMSV: Nice going-away cake, but why is my name on it?
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: Tim Armstrong's fine risk-reward setup at AOL
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Rules Apply To Everyone — The Elliot Spitzer phenomenon is part of being human. For whatever reason, people who obtain power can convince themselves that the very rules they create and enforce don't apply to them. Elliot Spitzer and his prostitutes. Al Gore flying carbon-spewing private jets.
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com and The Drama 2.0 Show, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Stewart slams Cramer with Apple video — The highlight of Thursday night's appearance of CNBC's Mad Money host Jim Cramer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart — which both NBC and Comedy Central had done their best to promote as the grudge match of the century — turned out to be a two-year …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Industry Standard, TUAW, Macworld, Gizmodo and PSFK
Prince McLean / AppleInsider: Jon Stewart exposes Apple stock manipulation
Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Industry Standard: Jim Cramer reveals a hedge fund strategy for manipulating Apple stock
Mel Martin / TUAW: Jim Cramer smackdown includes talk of Apple
Piers Fawkes / PSFK: Jon Stewart Vs Jim Cramer
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's New Public Profiles: Good for Businesses, Bad for People — Over the past couple of days, Facebook has been rolling out a revamped home page to all its users which delivers several major changes including real-time updates, new filtering controls, a new share box (called …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Over 80 bug fixes due in Mac OS X 10.5.7 “Juno” — Apple on Thursday evening made available to its developer community yet another pre-release of Mac OS X 10.5.7, which stands to be the seventh maintenance and security update to the company's Leopard operating system in less than 18 months.
Sam Symons / Neowin.net: 80+ bug fixes in store for Mac OS X 10.5.7
Larry Dignan / CNET News:
Mobile OS wars: Symbian leads globally; Mac OS X surges
Mobile OS wars: Symbian leads globally; Mac OS X surges
Chris Leckness / Mobility Site: World Smartphone Sales Report
Karen Hamblen / Symbian Foundation Blog: Symbian is still top of the pops
Jeremy Kessel / MobileCrunch: Symbian remains most dominant mobile OS in the world
Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian: Gartner Q4 worldwide figures much commented on
Marin Perez / InformationWeek: Apple, RIM Eat Into Nokia's Market Share
Roberto Mateu / Opera Labs:
Opera Turbo — At Opera, we love speed. We work hard to make our browser faster with features that speeds you up, but your connection also plays a big role on how fast you can go. — Some people have fast connections, a lot have slow connections. Many are always on the run from one place …
Discussion: Download Squad, jkOnTheRun and TechSpot
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Opera Turbo Speeds Desktop Browsing, but at What Cost?
Jose Vilches / TechSpot: Opera tests server-side optimization technology
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Amazon Uses DMCA To Try To Block Other Ebooks From Getting On Your Kindle — Slashdot points us to the rather unfortunate news that Amazon has sent a DMCA takedown notice to MobileRead, concerning a link that site had to a small piece of software that would allow ebooks purchased elsewhere (other than Amazon) to work on the Kindle.
Discussion: The Register, TechSpot, Engadget and Slashdot
Justin Mann / TechSpot: Amazon uses DMCA to prevent third-party eBook sales
Nilay Patel / Engadget: Amazon using DMCA to restrict Kindle content sources
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Google exec: ‘Twitter-like service’ more interesting with more data — The essence of Google's product strategy is to “follow the data,” said the company's Seattle site director, Brian Bershad, during a presentation about the future of search at a Technology Alliance event this morning.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Scripting News and OStatic blogs
O2 drops price on 3G iPhone ahead of new Apple device this summer — Stocks cleared as new Apple iPhone set for July release — O2 is poised to tweak prices on the 3G iPhone in May, ahead of what is believed to be a new Apple mobile phone in June or, most likely, July, Mobile can exclusively reveal.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, O'Grady's PowerPage, Ars Technica, FierceWireless, GPS Obsessed, World of Apple, mocoNews and Music Ally
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal: Apple to Preview New iPhone Software
Chris Barylick / O'Grady's PowerPage: Rumor: O2 May Drop iPhone 3G Prices in May Prior to Release of New Model
Justin Berka / Ars Technica: O2 rumored to drop iPhone 3G prices in May
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless: Apple previewing new iPhone software next week
Alex Brooks / World of Apple: O2 Set for UK iPhone Price Drop
Dianne See Morrison / mocoNews: Report: UK Carrier O2 Dropping Prices Of 3G iPhone To Clear Shelves
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Your mom is leaving MySpace for Facebook (but you aren't) — MySpace has been maligned for what appears to be stagnant if not declining traffic in its core U.S. userbase. But the story is more nuanced, and not so dire. Sure, MySpace's overall traffic has taken a big hit over the last year …
Discussion: Computerworld and Inside Facebook
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld: Facebook use jumps — thanks to older users
Michael Weiss-Malik / Google LatLong:
Live from Mars! — Just last month, we released Mars in Google Earth 5.0 and finally satisfied the long-standing demands of our Martian userbase. However, much to our delight, Mars has also proven popular among Earthlings, so today we're pleased to announce several new features for Mars …
Discussion: VentureBeat, CNET News, HotHardware.com News and AppScout, Thanks:atul
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat: Why are there canals on (Google) Mars?
Dong Ngo / CNET News: Google Earth updates maps of Mars
Mark Hachman / AppScout: Google Takes Google Mars Back in Time
Elizabeth Montalbano / Computerworld:
Report: Microsoft U.S. search share hits 12-month low — Google continues to dominate as Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL lag far behind — IDG News Service) Microsofts Corp.'s share of Internet searches in the U.S. fell to a 12-month low according to a ComScore Inc. report on Internet search queries for February.
Discussion: comScore, Digital Daily and Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Microsoft Search Share: It's Not the Size That Counts?
Amazon, Microsoft improve their cloud computing game — Amazon has introduced EC2 Reserved Instances, which allow you to obtain a reduced hourly fee for an upfront payment that varies according to which level of EC2 server you use. So, for example, with an upfront payment of $325 …
Discussion: eWeek, Zero Day, Andrea on Amazon & … and Thinking Out Cloud
Michelle Maisto / eWeek: Cloud Computing Is Silver Lining in Tough Economy
Adam O'Donnell / Zero Day: Botnets and illicit file swapping: the original “cloud computing”
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Mike Abramsky and the Holy Pre — Palm hasn't yet set its price or launch date, but it already has a winner on its hands in the Pre. That's the word from RBC Capital analyst Mike Abramsky, who gave the device one hell of a write-up this morning. Seems Abramsky, who had previously been neutral on Palm …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, Electronista, PreCentral.net and Tech Check with Jim Goldman
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Palm: RBC Turns Bullish; Betting On The Web OS
Annie Latham / PreCentral.net: Another Upgrade for PALM Plus Acquisition Talk
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPod touch—not lies—sets kid's pants on fire; parents sue — “Liar liar, pants on fire!” One kid from Cincinnati won't be able to listen to that one again after allegedly having an iPod touch actually set his pants on fire, resulting in melted underwear and second degree burns on his leg.
Discussion: Crave, TechSpot, Gizmodo, The Toybox, Gearlog, Pulse2, Pocket-lint.com, GottaBeMobile.com and digg.com
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog: Apple sued over ‘exploding’ iPod Touch
Justin Mann / TechSpot: Apple goes to court over exploding iPod Touch
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo: iPod Touch Fires Up Kid's Pants, Suing Mom Says
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox: Apple iPod touch sets child's pants on fire; parents sue
Chloe Albanesius / Gearlog: Apple Sued Over Exploding iPod Touch
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Kid Suing Apple For iPod Touch Lighting His Pants On Fire
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.com: iPod touch explodes in child's pocket
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com: iPod Touch Sets Fire to Boy's Pants
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Getting Serious About Vanity URLs — Facebook is getting wise to something MySpace has known from the start - users love vanity URLs. When you tell someone your MySpace page, you just say myspace.com/[user/brand/band/ etc.] (I'm myspace.com/mikearrington). On Facebook it has always been more difficult.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal, Technologizer and AppScout, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ed Oswald / Technologizer: Facebook Users About to Get Vanity URLs
Brian Heater / AppScout: Is Facebook Increasing Its “Vanity URL” Offerings?
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
It was 20 years ago today: The Web — History in the making: Berners-Lee's original schematic for a client/server model for a distributed hypertext system. — Is it already 20 years since Tim Berners-Lee authored “Information Management: A proposal” and set the technology world on fire?
Discussion: Reuters, Scientific American, Industry Standard, GMSV, ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat, CNET News, Obsessable, Gawker, Technologizer, TED Blog, dailywireless.org, Engadget, Digital Daily, Between the Lines, Neowin.net and Imaging Insider, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jonathan Lynn / Reuters: Web Founder Warns Against Web Site Snooping
Larry Greenemeier / Scientific American: Remembering the Day the World Wide Web Was Born
Paul Boutin / Industry Standard: Video: Happy 20th Anniversary, World Wide Web
John Murrell / GMSV: Thank goodness those awkward teenage years are behind us
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb: Happy 20th Birthday, World Wide Web
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: 20 years ago: The web's Big Bang
Tom Espiner / CNET News: Berners-Lee: Semantic Web will build in privacy
Barb Dybwad / Obsessable: The World Wide Web turns 20 today
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Twenty Years Ago Today, the Idea That Became the Web Was Born
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: Web Proposed 20 Years Ago
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget: The Web turns 20, FidoNet suffers abandonment issues
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: QOTD — “We should work toward a universal linked information system …
Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net: Happy 20th birthday to the World Wide Web
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
‘Bridge to Microsoft’ Is One of Puget Sound Prizes in Stimulus — Microsoft Corp., which has $20 billion of cash in the bank, is among the first in the Puget Sound area to benefit from the investment in roads and bridges through President Barack Obama's stimulus plan.
Discussion: TechFlash and Microsoft Pri0, Thanks:atul
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0: Federal stimulus funds to accelerate construction on overpass …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Top Search Terms on Twitter Since July 2008: Sleep.fm, Ezinearticles, and GaryVee — Twitter users clearly love the social alarm clock Sleep.fm, the Vaynerchuk brothers, Chris Knight, and ezinearticles. At least, according to search analytics firm Compete, which aggregated …
Discussion: Compete Blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Becky Bitzenhofer / Compete Blog: Twitter Trends - The Search is On
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Twitter Paid $6 or Less for Crowdsourced ‘Birdie’ Graphic — The bird on Twitter's home page, familiar to millions, is small, cute and fun, and implies communication and anticipation. One might say it's the perfect graphic for Twitter. Yet the company paid its designer at most $6, without attribution.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
ABC News to interview John McCain — on Twitter — One of the biggest complaints about Twitter is that its 140-character limit is simply not enough to say what you need to say sometimes. Of course, this limit works both ways — it can also stop people from going on for too long about something.
Discussion: George's Bottom Line
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line: “Twitterview” With Sen. John McCain Tuesday
Adobe: ‘Open’ But Not Always Open Source — Adobe says it sees openness as a way to grow interest. But not every one of its products is ready for open source. — With technologies like Flash and PDF pervasive across the Web, Adobe has established itself as one of the leading forces …
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Kundra takes leave of absence from federal CIO post — The move follows allegations of bribery in DC office he ran — The fallout from Thursday's arrests of a District of Columbia IT security official and contractor quickly raised questions about the fate of Vivek Kundra …
Discussion: Service-Oriented Architecture and Ben Smith's Blog, Thanks:marissac
Joe McKendrick / Service-Oriented Architecture: Getting inside a CIO's head
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia “Piranha” touch smartphone, others coming to AT&T? (Updated: probably just the E71x) — We've just been graced with a new trunkload of tentative — very tentative — release dates on AT&T, and while most of the devices were already rumored for launch, one is definitely sticking out here: the Nokia Piranha.
Chuong Nguyen / pocketnow.com: BlackJack III Launch on AT&T Imminent?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
FanSnap Is The New Kayak For Event Ticket Searches — Event tickets are a big business and startup FanSnap is entering the game with a compelling ticket search engine. FanSnap is launching the public beta of its nifty Kayak-like live ticket search engine for sports, concerts, and theater events.
Discussion: AltSearchEngines and Scobleizer
Charles S. Knight / AltSearchEngines: Easily Find Ticket Values With the New FanSnap
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer: First look: FanSnap makes buying event tickets easy