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1:30 PM ET, March 26, 2009

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Microsoft TechNet:
Windows 7 Release Candidate  —  Download instructions  —  Welcome to Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) testing.  We're on our way to Windows 7, and the RC is a great opportunity for IT professionals like you to take Windows 7 and begin testing it in your real environment.
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 RC download page goes up early, coming in May  —  Details on the Windows 7 Release Candidate public download have leaked, straight from Microsoft.  —  It looks like someone flipped the switch a little early.  The Windows 7 Release Candidate download page on TechNet …
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Lifehacker
Rajat Mukherjee / The Official Google Blog:
Google, at your service  —  It used to be that creating a webpage was a pursuit reserved for the truly tech-savvy, requiring a geek's expertise in HTML, Java, or C++ coding.  —  These days, it's a different story.  Working with a hosting service has made things a great deal easier …
Discussion: CNET News, Search Engine Watch and AppScout, Thanks:sinkercat
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Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Hosting companies to offer Google AdSense, site search services
Discussion: eWeek
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Hottest tracks to cost $1.29 at iTunes starting April 7  —  The online music store, under pressure from record labels, is abandoning its 99-cent-only strategy.  —  The world's largest music store, Apple's iTunes, plans to boost the price of many hit singles and selected classic tracks to $1.29 on April 7 …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
BlackBerry to Launch TV Episode Service?  —  We've heard from multiple sources that RIM is planning to announce a full-episode television service for BlackBerry users as early as next week at CTIA.  —  Here's what we've heard so far:  — It will be an unlimited monthly subscription service for a fee
Business Week:
The Apps Battle Heats Up  —  Research in Motion will soon launch an online store to rival Apple's, with Nokia and Microsoft to follow  —  On Apr. 1, Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of Research in Motion (RIMM), is expected to take the stage at the wireless industry's annual trade show in Las Vegas …
Discussion: BlackBerryNews.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry App World to launch April 1st?
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and IntoMobile
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple selling 8GB memory upgrade kits for 15" MacBook Pros  —  It will cost you an arm and a leg, but Apple is now offering an official 8GB memory upgrade kit for the mid- and high-end models of its current 15-inch unbibody MacBook Pro family, AppleInsider has discovered.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Apple's iPhone App Refund Policies Could Bankrupt Developers  —  We reported yesterday about Apple's alleged delay in payments to iPhone app developers, but there is more alarming news from iPhone developers about Apple's refund policies.  Apparently, if iPhone users decide that they want a refund for an app …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Giz Explains: How a Brainy Worm Might Jack the World's PCs on April 1  —  It's lurking in millions of PCs around the world.  It's incredibly sophisticated and resilient, with built-in p2p and digital code-signing technology.  It revels in killing security software.  On April 1, the Conficker worm will activate.
Discussion: Threat Level, eWeek and digg.com
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Ben Worthen / Digits:   Conficker: Don't Believe the Hype
Stevemar / Development Unfiltered:
Moving Toward an Open Process on Cloud Computing Interoperability  —  Moving Toward an Open Process on Cloud Computing Interoperability  —  From the moment we kicked off our cloud computing effort, openness and interop stood at the forefront.  As those who are using it will tell you …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:   Microsoft criticizes secret drafting of cloud-computing manifesto
Mobile Today:
Orange and Apple negotiations for laptop deal nearing completion  —  Discussions at final stages as dongle subsidy lands Apple  —  Orange will sell Apple laptops on its network from this summer, and will be the first company to subsidise Apple's laptops with mobile broadband.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
“Whatever Happened to...?”  —  Old computer products, like old soldiers, never die.  They stay on the market-even though they haven't been updated in eons.  Or their names get slapped on new products-available only outside the U.S. Or obsessive fans refuse to accept that they're obsolete-long after the rest of the world has moved on.
Stan M / Sony Insider:
New VAIO P Coming?  —  Remember that teaser (see pic above) Sony spread around the world before unveiling VAIO P?  Fun times!  —  Folks always wonder, will there be a new, refreshed line of their favorite product and of course we also know that Sony loves to present their VAIOs in series …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More Reorging for AOL's Ad Unit, Platform-A: The Latest Memo  —  The undoing of previous management of AOL continues at the Time Warner (TWX) online unit with even more reorganization of its Platform-A advertising unit.  —  Sources said the changes are part of a simplifying of the division …
Mark Goldstein / Photography Blog:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 Review  —  Compare Prices  —  Support PhotographyBLOG!  —  Buy this product from one of our affiliate retailers:  —  Introduction  —  The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 (also known as the DMC-ZS3 in the USA) is a brand new ultra-compact super-zoom camera …
Discussion: Engadget and 1001 Noisy Cameras
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Bartz: Yahoo Has Tested 141 New Versions Of Its Homepage  —  Carol Bartz hasn't been shy about her lack of fondness for Yahoo's products (she has even confessed to using Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Maps).  So what's she doing about it now that she's running the company?
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
More Security Loopholes Found In Google Docs  —  Security consultant Ade Barkah checked in with us to alert us to a couple of serious security issues associated to Google Docs, the web-based office software from the world's most famous search engine company, giving a whole new meaning …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
There's Something About Boxee  —  Boxee, a free software package that pulls together multiple sources of Internet video in an easy-to-use interface, has quietly been building an army of ardent fans.  —  But what is it about Boxee that is driving the technorati wild?
Discussion: TheAppleBlog
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Drawing in Google Docs  —  Google Docs added a simple editor for drawings: you can insert shapes, draw lines and arrows, insert scribbles and text, change the color, the line width and other formatting options.  —  The drawing is inserted as an image, but it continues to be editable after you add it to the document.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Palm: Analysts fall in love with Pre; Big money bets against it  —  Wall Street analysts are beginning to fall in love with Palm and remain upbeat about the Pre's prospects.  These folks are betting that Pre demand—and the WebOS that rides shotgun—will be strong enough to make Palm a player again.
Discussion: Crave and The Toybox
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
iGoogle gets video game makers in on the action  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Google unveiled on Wednesday the latest addition to its iGoogle start page service: a collection of themes designed by video game publishers.  —  The search giant has partnered with nine publishers to come up about two dozen themes …
PewResearch.org:
Internet Typology: The Mobile Difference  —  Wireless Connectivity Has Drawn Many Users More Deeply into Digital Life  —  Cast a glance at any coffee shop, train station or airport boarding gate, and it is easy to see that mobile access to the internet is taking root in our society.
Li Yanping / Bloomberg:
Dell Will Push Computer Products to Rural Areas in China to Boost Revenue  —  Dell Inc., the world's second- largest maker of personal computers, will sell PCs to China's farmers, seeking to boost sales from a potential market of 800 million rural residents as the global recession saps demand.
Discussion: CNET News and Reuters
Wall Street Journal:
Internet Industry Is on a Cloud  —  Ever since Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt publicly uttered the term “cloud computing” in 2006, a storm has been gathering over Silicon Valley.  —  Companies across the technology industry are jockeying to associate themselves with clouds.
Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Troubles At Imeem, But Company Says No Shutdown Imminent  —  Imeem, the free streaming music site backed by Sequoia Capital, Warner Music and other prominent investors, is rumored to be in serious trouble.  —  Music insiders are saying a shutdown of the company is imminent after a failed attempt to sell the company or raise more cash.
Discussion: Music Ally and hypebot
 
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Seth Finkelstein / Guardian:
Google is taking us down the road to hell
Discussion: Infothought, Thanks:atul
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Facing Legal Pressure, SeeqPod Plans to Spawn Clones
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Now that China Is the New Israel...What's Israel?
Discussion: Six Kids and a Full Time Job, Thanks:atul
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Opera Mobile's business build hints at Flash video
Guardian:
'You can fire us on a minute's notice'
Discussion: InfoWorld
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama turns to Web to take questions from public
Discussion: Agence France Presse
 Earlier Items: 
Susie Pan / DigiTimes:
Young Fast to cut into netbook touch panel market in 2H09
Discussion: SlashGear
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Turns Into One Big Ad, But Users Seem To Like It
Discussion: meeblog
Bill Ray / The Register:
Deadfish iPhones send users into deep freeze
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
GridNetworks being sold, staying in Seattle