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10:10 PM ET, April 24, 2009

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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 Release Candidate Update  —  There certainly has been a lot of discussion about Windows 7 in the last few weeks.  A lot of folks want to know when they can get their hands on the official RC, when we are going to RTM, and what I had for breakfast.
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Windows 7 RC scheduled for release next week  —  A leaked copy of the release candidate for Windows 7 may have hit the gray areas of the internet this morning, but Microsoft isn't quite ready to distribute the OS to the general public.  The company is very close to being ready though.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How To Overhype Your Search Engine  —  After covering search for 13 years, I'm more than a little jaded.  I've seen any number of search start-ups promise to revolutionize how we search.  None of them have in the huge way they've promised, other than Google — and it's a special case.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Wolfram Alpha Getting A Public Preview On Tuesday  —  When it was first unveiled in March, Wolfram Alpha, a new type of search engine created by computer scientist Stephen Wolfram, got a lot of buzz.  Naturally, some people threw out the “Google killer” title — but it seems to be a different beast, as it's all about knowledge search.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Cable: DPI is good for us; Congressman: it's frightening  —  While the cable industry told Congress that deep packet inspection technology was great for consumers, Rick Boucher (D-VA) expressed some doubts.  DPI's “privacy intrusion potential is nothing short of frightening,” he said …
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Pthurrott / SuperSite Blog:
Secret No More: Revealing Windows XP Mode for Windows 7  —  Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott reveal a new Windows 7 application compatibility feature called Windows XP Mode.  Yes, it's that “secret new feature” you've been hearing about ...  Over a month ago, we were briefed …
Discussion: TechFlash, CNET News and Neowin.net, Thanks:bpmiller
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Windows 7 RC (7100) out early on torrent trackers  —  While the partner page Microsoft put up a few days back announcing the availability of the Windows 7 RC turned out to be another minor slip-up, the results in Mininova's index are a bit more real.  —  You guessed it - the Windows 7 RC build (7100) has been leaked.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple found guilty of willful patent infringement  —  Apple has been found guilty of willfully infringing on a “predictive snooping” patent awarded to Opti Inc. in 2002.  The company has been ordered to pay just over $19 million in compensation, despite its attempts to have the patent thrown out.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Billionth iPhone App Downloader Scores Freebies; Developer Wins Too  —  Nine months after Apple began selling apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch, 13-year-old Connor Mulcahey of Weston, Connecticut downloaded the billionth application from the iTunes store.  —  Poetically, it was a free app.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Van Natta Confirmed as CEO of MySpace-The Full Press Release  —  Former Facebook COO Owen Van Natta has finally been officially named as CEO of MySpace, as BoomTown reported yesterday, according to a press release from News Corp.  —  He will replace CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe, who stepped down from the job earlier this week.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Did Apple Just Fire 1,600 Retail Workers?  Nope.  —  Question of the day: Did Apple somehow lay off 10 percent of its retail staff in the last quarter without anyone noticing until today?  Answer: No.  —  My bloggy brethren are hopped up about Apple's disclosure, via its most recent quarterly filing …
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft cancels company picnic  —  When Microsoft said on Thursday that it had found more ways to trim expenses, it wasn't kidding.  —  The software maker notified its workers on Friday that it is canceling its annual summer picnic for Seattle-area workers.
Discussion: TechFlash
Owen Thomas / Valleywag - Gawker:
Did Julia Allison Break the Law in Search of Facebook Fame?  —  Former dating columnist Julia Allison, an Internet microcelebrity now famous for not being particularly famous, has finally gone too far in her attempt to acquire Facebook fans.  She may even have broken the law.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Duplicates Twitter, Launches Status Text Updates  —  Earlier today Facebook turned on a feature to let users receive text updates from public profiles, the same way that Twitter users can receive mobile updates from specified profiles.  It's a small change but for brands it adds a lot of potential.
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google fixes severe Chrome security hole  —  Google released a new version of its Chrome browser Thursday to fix a high-severity security problem.  —  The problem affects Google's mainstream stable version of Chrome and is fixed in the new version 1.0.154.59.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Eats World: Global Visitors Shoot Up To 19 Million  —  Twitter's march towards world domination continues apace.  This morning comScore released its global numbers for March, 2009.  Worldwide visitors to Twitter.com increased 95 percent in the month of March from 9.8 million to 19.1 million, according to its estimates.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Technology Generation Gap at Work is Oh So Wide  —  Recently, business information solutions provider LexisNexis released the results of a study that examined how technology was used in the American workplace.  The focus of the study was on the differing opinions between generational groups.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Snow Leopard to offer screen recording via QuickTime X Player  —  With the introduction of Snow Leopard, QuickTime Player will assume more of a utilitarian role, with screen recording features reportedly joining the software's exiting repertoire of basic audio and video capture capabilities.
Renai LeMay / CNET News:
Ubuntu 9.04 as slick as Windows 7, Mac OS X  —  Here's what the official press release won't tell you about Ubuntu 9.04, which formally hit the streets overnight: its designers have polished the hell out of its user interface since the last release in October.
Aulia Masna / Macworld:
Interview: Tweetie creator Loren Brichter  —  Atebits software released Tweetie for Mac this week and Aulia Masna, executive editor of Macworld Indonesia, scored an interview with author Loren Brichter in between his sleeps.  That is, if he slept at all.  Given the popularity of Tweetie …
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Macworld
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Hollywood v. RealNetworks round I begins  —  RealNetworks has its work cut out for it.  —  The software maker is trying to get a federal court judge to allow it to sell a DVD copying program called RealDVD, which enables users to make a back-up copy to their computer.
Discussion: PC Magazine, blogs.ft.com and Digits
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Even when not explicit, ISP data caps still haunt users  —  Time Warner Cable's data cap plan might be history (for now), but unpublished data caps live on thanks to the “acceptable use policy.”  ISPs that continue to rely on ambiguous metrics for abuse had best tread carefully …
Discussion: Techdirt and GigaOM
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Snow Leopard Server to offer low cost, secure mobile access to iPhone  —  Apple will leverage the popularity of the iPhone to deliver business users new Mobile Access services in Snow Leopard Server to securely deliver corporate email, contact, calendar, and intranet web services to iPhone …
 
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Nicole Ferraro / Internet Evolution:
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
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ATandT In Bed With BT Company
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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Internet blacklist  —  The BBC goes behind the scenes …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Nvidia ION netbooks confirmed for June
Dan Roberts / Guardian:
Meet the ‘Bill Gates of Bangalore’
Thanks:atul
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Opscode Gets $2.5M to Automate the Cloud
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechFlash
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Can A Sports Organization Claim Copyright On Stuff You Filmed Yourself?
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
YouTube's Bold Move Toward Profitability
Thanks:atul