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1:55 AM ET, April 25, 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.
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.
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 …
Scott Woodgate / The Windows Blog:
Coming Soon: Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC  —  Windows XP Mode is specifically designed to help small businesses move to Windows 7.  Windows XP Mode provides you with the flexibility to run many older productivity applications on a Windows 7 based PC.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Wolfram Alpha Getting A Public Preview On Tuesday
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.
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 …
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Google's Larry Page to be a father  —  It's official: both Google guys are going to be Google dads.  —  Larry Page, 37, and his wife, Lucy, 29, are expecting their first child this fall, a friend of the couple confirmed to the Mercury News on Friday.  Whether it's a boy or girl: No word from the Pages.
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Twitter Clients Are a UI Design Playground  —  Twitter's elevation into the mainstream has, predictably, spawned a backlash against the service.  To paraphrase the great Yogi Berra, “Nobody uses Twitter anymore; there are too many people using it.”  —  The most interesting product …
Discussion: AppScout, Thanks:atul
Aulia Masna / Macworld:
Interview: Tweetie creator Loren Brichter
Discussion: Macworld
Loren Bendele / VentureBeat:
California's proposed “Amazon tax” - a destructive solution  —  As in most states, when Californians buy something online from a store that is based in California, they have to pay sales tax.  When they buy something online from a store that does not have a presence in California, they don't have to pay sales tax.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google's New “What's Popular” Feature Aims to Clone Digg  —  Google's personalized home page, iGoogle, added a new feature that basically clones the core features of Digg and StumbleUpon by embedding them into a gadget that is easily accessible from right within the web desktop.
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Did AT&T Lie To Congress About Using Behavioral Advertising?  —  Congress is apparently holding hearings this week about behavioral advertising — the controversial online practice of targeting ads to people based on where they surf.  In the past, Congress has suggested that firms such as NebuAd that do this are breaking the law.
Discussion: DSLreports and MediaPost
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
ATandT In Bed With BT Company
Discussion: PC World and Bits
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
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
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Go test drive Windows 7 RC (7100) today  —  If you're like me and watched from a distance leaked builds of Windows 7 fly past like water balloons in a water balloon fight, then the time to join the fun is now.  The highly anticipated release candidate (RC) build of Windows 7 has been leaked and its authenticity is entirely undisputed.
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
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Bill Gossman is social network Hi5's new chief executive  —  MySpace isn't the only social network with a new chief executive — Hi5 has one, too.  It's Bill Gossman, a serial entrepreneur who most recently was the chief executive of behavioral ad-targeting company Revenue Science (since renamed to Audience Science).
Discussion: ReadWriteHire and TechCrunch, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
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.
Nicole Ferraro / Internet Evolution:
Forget Acquisitions: Digg's Focused on Recommendations  —  Market rumors over the years have had Digg prepping for acquisition time and again — including a $200 million buyout from Google in 2008.  But Digg's analysts and executives say an acquisition is no longer on the agenda.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
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