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12:55 PM 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.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows 7 RC 32-bit vs. Vista SP1 32-bit - Gaming shootout  —  Is it worth upgrading your Vista gaming rig to Windows 7?  Will you see any performance benefits?  Let's find out!  —  Let's look at what kind of frames per second (FPS) performance we get from the two operating systems using four different graphics cards.
Discussion: ithinkdifferrent
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.
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Raising Bill Gates  —  SEATTLE — Spend time with the family of Bill Gates, and eventually someone will mention the water incident.  —  The future software mogul was a headstrong 12-year-old and was having a particularly nasty argument with his mother at the dinner table.
Discussion: TechFlash and Digits, Thanks:atul
Chris Wilson / Slate:
It's time to move beyond those squiggly letter tests that Web sites use to weed out spam.  —  If only someone had listened to computer scientist Moni Naor in 1996, proving that you're human on the Internet would have been so much more interesting.  Naor was among the first to propose …
Discussion: Slashdot
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Journalists: Where do you add value?  —  Every day, with everything they do, the key question for journalists and news organizations in these tight - that is, more efficient - times must be: Are you adding value?  And if you're not, why are you doing whatever you're doing?
Discussion: and Podcasting News
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
Mara Hvistendahl / Popular Science:
Hackers: the China Syndrome  —  For years, the U.S. intelligence community worried that China's government was attacking our cyber-infrastructure.  Now one man has discovered it's worse: It's hundreds of thousands of everyday civilians.  And they've only just begun — At 8 a.m. on May 4 …
The full text of Steve Jobs' deposition to the Securities and Exchange Commission.  —  On March 18, 2008, attorneys for the Securities and Exchange Commission grilled Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs over issues of backdating of stock options.  Forbes obtained the 119-page sworn deposition …
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: TheAppleBlog, Twitterrati and Macworld, Thanks:atul
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Financial Times:
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Discussion: broadstuff
Loren Bendele / VentureBeat:
California's proposed “Amazon tax” - a destructive solution
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Google's Larry Page to be a father
Discussion: Gawker
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Did AT&T Lie To Congress About Using Behavioral Advertising?
Discussion: MediaPost and DSLreports
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google's New “What's Popular” Feature Aims to Clone Digg
Discussion: Google Operating System, Thanks:steverubel
Nicole Ferraro / Internet Evolution:
Forget Acquisitions: Digg's Focused on Recommendations
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Bill Gossman is social network Hi5's new chief executive
Discussion: TechCrunch, ReadWriteHire and Bits, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft cancels company picnic
Discussion: TechFlash
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Hollywood v. RealNetworks round I begins
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Duplicates Twitter, Launches Status Text Updates
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Snow Leopard to offer screen recording via QuickTime X Player