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1:25 AM ET, February 23, 2007

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Microsoft:
Media Companies Discover New Ways to Reach Readers Using Windows Vista Technology  —  Q&A: Associated Newspapers Ltd., Forbes Inc. and Hearst Corp. release digital reader applications built on Windows Vista technology while Microsoft prepares to deliver tools to ease software development for the publishing world.
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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Microsoft announces more Digital Readers, but why?  —  Microsoft just announced more reader applications similar to the Times Reader: using the same technology, you can now read the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Forbes, and the Daily Mail tabloid from the UK.  From the main press release …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why do a reader only for one publication?  (Adobe vs. Microsoft for developers)
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Newspaper software: pretty but dumb
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft hit with $1.5 billion patent verdict  —  A federal jury in San Diego has ordered Microsoft to pay $1.5 billion to Alcatel-Lucent in a patent dispute over MP3 audio technology used in Windows.  —  In its verdict, the jury assessed damages based on each Windows PC sold since May 2003.
Rick / Burning Questions:
FeedBurner's View of the Feed Market  —  Prompted by widespread buzz from many FeedBurner publishers who blogged about notable increases in feed subscribers over the weekend, we thought now was a good time to step back and talk about media consumption drivers, and how to accurately assess adoption …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   The State of the Web-based RSS Reader Market - Feedburner, Pheedo Release Stats
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
RIAA Fights Back, Threatens Open Wi-Fi  —  Debbie Foster was sued by RIAA member company Capitol Records for allegedly sharing copyrighted material on a P2P file sharing network.  However, the alleged infringement was apparently committed by someone else with access to her ISP account.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA appeals attorneys' fees award  —  The cartel of record companies in Capitol v. Foster have filed a motion for reconsideration of US District Court Judge Lee R. West's decision to award the defendant Debbie Foster attorneys' fees.  In it, the plaintiffs lay out their disagreement …
Shoemoney:
Banned From MyBlogLog  —  35 People have had something to add What Do you think?  —  Tell ShoeMoney  —  I have been banned from MyBlogLog... Since last night every page I visit on their site results in a 403 (Forbidden) error code.  I have asked others and nobody else seems to get the error but me.
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   Boycotting MyBlogLog  —  In the next few minutes …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple TKOs Cisco in iPhone bout, analysts say  —  One called Steve Jobs 'the Rasputin of the computer industry'  —  Although Apple Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. remained mum today on the details of their deal to share the "iPhone" trademark, some analysts said Cisco got the short end of the stick.
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed and ZDNet News
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Scott Goldberg / Digital Media Wire:
Settled: Cisco and Apple May Share iPhone Name, But Everyone Knows its Apple's
Discussion: The Tech Report
MacScoop:
Tons of Mac hardware releases for Q2, black iMac on the way?  —  While the release of Microsoft's Vista earlier this month is said to be seriously challenging Apple on its recent PC market share catch-up, tipsters well placed at Apple informed MacScoop that the company is preparing …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Google Apps grows up  —  Posted by Derek Parham, Lead Software Engineer, Google Apps  —  Back in 2005, Google Apps was conceived in a few lines of code, and then it was born in February 2006.  Our team has had such a close relationship with it, you might understand how we have nurtured it as we would a child.
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Google:
Google Introduces New Business Version of Popular Hosted Applications
Business 2.0:
The Next Net 25  —  Business 2.0 Magazine's guide to the hottest Web 2.0 companies - and the powerful trends driving them - in this make-or-break year.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Twelve months have passed since we introduced the first Next Net 25 - our picks for the Web 2.0 wannabes most likely to break out of the pack.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Flickr shows a little too much skin  —  Alida Saxon knew something was wrong last weekend when she saw that a thumbnail image on her blog that gets automatically fed from her Flickr page wasn't one of her own photos.  —  She clicked on the link for the image—a shot of a swimming pool …
Malika Zouhali-Worrall / Financial Times:
Ad-supported online video 'losing ground'  —  The market for film and television internet downloads is expected to grow dramatically over the next five years, with revenues from paid downloads far exceeding earnings from advertising placed on free programming, according to a new industry study.
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
Seven Best Add-Ons for IE7  —  No web browser is perfect, and no web browser does everything just the way everyone wants it to.  —  Enter add-ons.  Also called extensions or plug-ins, add-ons let third-party companies and users with programming skills extend the browser's functionality in different ways.
Discussion: Lifehacker and Journalistopia
Jeffrey Gangemi / Business Week:
Think MySpace, but for Local Businesses  —  MerchantCircle provides a search-optimized Web site where business owners can advertise and network free.  The company's next task?  Figure out how to make it pay  —  When tech entrepreneurs Wayne Yamamato, 43, and Ben Smith, 38, met back in 2004 …
Cory Sorice / CrunchGear:
Patent Monkey: Amazing Nokia Cell Phone Screen and Game Time  —  Thanks to some newly minted cell phone patents, Nokia is getting the attention as a top player in locking up their technologies in the past couple weeks.  Notably, Nokia has recently got a patent on a in-any-direction cell phone display and gaming cellphone adapter.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ring Nokia
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Skype asks FCC to open up cellular networks  —  Skype yesterday petitioned the FCC to lay the smack down on wireless phone carriers who "limit subscribers' right to run software communications applications of their choosing" (read: Skype software).  Skype wants the agency to more stringently apply …
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
There is no YouTube Filter; It's AudibleMagic
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Traffic measuring continued: Why Compete doesn't work, and why Quantcast does
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
PR Newswire:
Tellme Brings World's Largest Voice Platform to the Mobile Screen …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
It's an Amazon day  —  OK, if I were an investor I'd be thinking …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft's Vista-Live Strategy Already Impacting Google
Andy Merrett / The Blog Herald:
Shiny's annual gadget awards: LG scores a hatrick
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Gavin Clarke / Reg Developer:
Linux breakthrough for Visual Basic developers
Discussion: Channel 9
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Updated: Google's Transferable Stock Option Program Begins
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
NVIDIA confirms GeForce 8-series for laptops
Mike / Techdirt:
Supreme Court Skeptical That US Patent Control Expands Beyond US Borders
Peter Nowak / National Post:
Puretracks takes lead in rights fight
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Getty Images may buy research firm Jupitermedia
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
Yahoo news to tilt to a lilt
BBC:
Google charges for web programs