Weekend tech reading: Windows 7 RTM reviewed

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Windows 7 reviewed Deserved or not, Microsoft had dug itself a cool, deep, dark hole with Windows Vista. Users demanding that Redmond extend the life of Windows XP wasn't exactly something they could be proud of, either. Bombarded by complaints and negative press even after the first service pack was released, the bar had been set high for Vista's successor: Windows 7. CNET

Microsoft blacklists Lenovo's leaked Windows 7 OEM key The score was Pirates 1, Microsoft 0, but Redmond has tied it up. Microsoft has blacklisted the Lenovo OEM master key that leaked earlier this week, explaining that "Windows 7 already includes an improved ability to detect hacks, also known as activation exploits, and alert customers who are using a pirated copy." Ars Technica

Skype in danger of being shut down Back in 2005, eBay bought Skype from Joltid. The 2.6 billion dollar price tag did not include the "Global Index P2P software" that Skype is based on. Joltid is trying to cancel the license that Skype uses for this technology. If this happens, the Skype service will be shut down permanently. Neowin

F.C.C. looking into rejection of Google app for iPhone On Friday, the commission sent letters to executives at Apple, Google and AT&T, which is the exclusive carrier for the iPhone in the United States, saying it was "interested in a more complete understanding of this situation." NY Times

Study shows how different generations use Facebook According to the numbers, the top reasons for joining a social network across all generations are to "keep in touch with friends" and "for fun." However, older users are primarily using the site to keep in touch with family. Inside Facebook

Intel discontinuing Z-series Atoms? It's sourced from Digitimes, so don't get too worked up, but word on the street is that Intel's no longer accepting orders for Z-series Atom chips. Engadget

Amazon accepting pre-orders for Snow Leopard Several MacRumors readers have reported that Amazon has begun taking pre-orders for Apple's forthcoming Mac OS X Snow Leopard. MacRumors

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