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2:50 PM ET, April 30, 2009

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Windows 7 Release Candidate 1 impressions, insights, and expectations  —  As you may or may not know, Windows 7 Release Candidate 1 has been officially handed out to MSDN and TechNet subscribers today, and there are plans to unleash the heavily-hyped OS to the waiting public at large come May 5th.
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Microsoft:
Windows 7 Release Candidate Is Available From Microsoft  —  Industry experts advise partners, companies and developers to preview Microsoft's next operating system.  —  Today Microsoft Corp. has reached a significant milestone with the Release Candidate (RC) of the highly anticipated Windows …
Chris Hall / Pocket-lint.com:
Acer confirms Windows 7 available 23 October … Acer has confirmed that Windows 7 will be available pre-loaded on their new all-in-one Z5600 PC, from the 23 October 2009, not by the end of January 2010 as Microsoft has been previously suggesting.  —  Although some rumours have put …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm Eos: super-thin, 3G, and headed to AT&T?  —  Liked that blurry photo of a new Palm webOS phone we saw earlier?  Well how about some specs, a name, and a better look at this thing?  Enter the device above, apparently dubbed the Palm Eos (codenamed Castle... where have we seen that before? …
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Palm's next webOS device?  Pre Centro?  —  One of our ninjas just hit us up with the above photo... they said it would be Palm's next webOS device, the rumored Centro-esque handset.  No specs or anything, just a “Fall” release date.  Sorry for the blurry and small photo, but it's legit!
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Finally: Disney, Hulu Deal Announced  —  Took 'em long enough.  —  Just as MediaMemo predicted, Walt Disney Co. has finally taken a stake in Hulu, the video-streaming site operated by General Electric's (GE) NBC Universal, News Corp. (NWS) and Providence Equity Partners.
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Hulu Blog:
Like minds  —  Big day!  I'm happy to announce that The Walt …
Discussion: Company Town and Macworld
John C Abell / Epicenter:
Disney to Acquire 30% Hulu Stake, Full ABC Shows on the Way: Report
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to introduce more affordable Macs, sources say  —  Determined to grow its share of the personal computer market during the worst economic climate in its corporate history, Apple is tailoring changes to a pair of its offerings that will help drive down prices of some of the most popular Macs, AppleInsider has learned.
Discussion: CNET News and MacRumors
Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
Amazon starts charging by the megabyte for delivering personal documents to your Kindle - adds support for DOCX and RTF file formats  —  Amazon just revealed a few changes to their Kindle supported documents as well as modifications to their whispernet fee structure.
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BBC:
Web tool ‘as important as Google’  —  A web tool that “could be as important as Google”, according to some experts, has been shown off to the public.  —  Wolfram Alpha is the brainchild of British-born physicist Stephen Wolfram.  —  The free program aims to answer questions directly …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Flickr Co-Founder Butterfield and Chief Architect Henderson Working on Stealth Start-Up  —  Yesterday, several Flickr engineers posted news of their layoffs from the Yahoo photo-sharing unit on Twitter, which caused GigaOm's Om Malik to notice that Flickr architect Cal Henderson (pictured here) was also no longer on its About page.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Filing confirms Apple exploring carbon fiber Mac enclosures  —  A new patent filing discovered by AppleInsider provides some of the first public evidence that Apple is indeed exploring carbon fiber-like enclosures for future product designs, corroborating an earlier report on the matter.
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
FACE(BOOK) VALUE  —  SOCIAL NETWORK CAN'T GET FRIENDLY FUNDING NUMBERS  —  Facebook has been holding exploratory meetings with private-equity firms about raising another round of funding, but the two sides are $3 billion apart on what the popular social-networking Web site is worth, The Post has learned.
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
A Look Inside the Twitter Admin Panel  —  According to French blog Nowhere Else, someone has been able to access Twitter's administration area, and they've got a bunch of screenshots to prove it.  —  The URL which leads to Twitter's admin page is simple enough (and open to everyone): “https …
Discussion: Zero Day
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Becomes Default Location Provider For Firefox  —  Many of us have been saying it for a long time: location based services are the future.  But up until now they've been a distant, hazy future, because they've been so difficult to use.  That's going to change soon, and it looks like Google is going to be leading the way.
Wall Street Journal:
In Major Shift, Apple Builds Its Own Team to Design Chips  —  Apple Inc. is building a significant capability to design its own computer chips, a strategy shift that the company hopes will create exclusive features for its gadgets and shield Apple's work from rivals.
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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:
What Does Steve Jobs Want With All Those Chip Guys?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Alexis Madrigal / Wired Science:
Google Could Have Caught Swine Flu Early  —  Google's search data may have been able to provide an early warning of the swine flu outbreak — if the company had been looking in the right place.  —  Last week, at the request of the Centers for Disease Control, Google took a retroactive look at its search data from Mexico.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
New Phishing Attack Spreading On Facebook.  This Time From FBstarter (Updated)  —  Yesterday a phishing scam spread across Facebook in the form of a message form a friend asking you to click on a link which took you to what appeared to be a Facebook login, but was actually at a different URL, http://fbaction.net.
Discussion: CircleID, CNET News and All Facebook
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
CONFIRMED: Official Cupcake Update Underway for T-Mobile G1 USA & UK!  —  Watch this space... I'll update THIS POST as the story unfolds:  —  YES!  T-Mobile USA ISSSSS getting the cupcake update!  Our first tipster, Bo Shonka, has indicated they are in the United States and they've attached …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Inspired By A Pile Of Crap, Gmail Adds More Emoticons  —  You've likely already seen it, but it's still a little unbelievable to me that Gmail included feces as one of its emoticons.  If you haven't seen it, go ahead, check it out, it's there (the very last one on the bottom row).
Discussion: CNET News and Gmail Blog
PRWeb:
Nielsen Mobile Highlights Twitter and Predicto as Industry Leaders; Report Details the Diversity Among Free Versus Paid Mobile Communities  —  A study released today utilizing data from Nielsen Mobile, illustrated a comparative analysis of the user demographics and market penetration of Twitter …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Financial Times:
Madison Avenue feels the squeeze  —  Duck Phillips!  Thou should'st be living at this hour.  —  Phillips was the alcoholic account executive in the television series Mad Men who lost out after failing to marginalise his advertising agency's charismatic copywriters, led by Don Draper.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Booyah nears launch of cause-oriented iPhone entertainment apps  —  Booyah is nearing the completion of its first round of cause-oriented apps for the iPhone.  —  Keith Lee, (pictured below) chief executive of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company, also confirmed that the company raised $4.5 million …
Discussion: GigaOM, Macworld and mocoNews
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iPhone Sweeps JD Power Consumer Smartphone Ratings — Except In Battery Life
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Announces New President Of Global Advertising, Ex-Googler Jeff Levick
Discussion: ReadWriteHire
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
AuctionBytes Bites Back at eBay
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of Advertising is Shakable and Location-Based
Thanks:blogfisher
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Eucalyptus in the cloud: researchers commercialize OSS project
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
IBM Launches World's Geekiest Social Network, My developerWorks
Discussion: VentureBeat and EE Times, Thanks:atul
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Death to Windows AutoRun!
Discussion: ITworld.com and Computerworld
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Intel's Pain Party
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Social Gaming Scores in the Recession
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
A New Breed of Netbook?  —  Google's operating system …
Peter Burrows / BusinessWeek:
Making Movies: The Next Big Thing in iPhones?
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
Michael Orey / Business Week:
Google's PR Campaign