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4:35 PM ET, February 26, 2007

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New York Times:
An Ad Upstart Forces Google to Open Up a Little  —  Google and Yahoo have been fighting it out over which company will dominate the online advertising business, with Google maintaining the upper hand so far.  —  But in the competition for contextual text ads — those small sponsored links …
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Google to begin sharing URLs where AdWords advertiser's ads are being run  —  The New York Times ran an article about Quigo, a contextual advertising company that targets premium sized publishers.  In the story, comments from both Yahoo & Google were included.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Highlights Healthcare Strategy at HIMSS 07 Conference  —  Q&A: As healthcare-technology specialists gather in New Orleans, Microsoft experts discuss new information technologies designed to provide lower costs, better outcomes and improved access to care.
Discussion: PaidContent and VC Ratings
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft to Buy Health Information Search Engine
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   What's really behind Microsoft's healthcare push?
New York Times:
Google in Content Deal With Media Companies  —  Google built an empire delivering advertisements across the Internet, and now it plans to distribute content from media companies just as aggressively.  —  Google is working with Dow Jones & Company, Condé Nast, Sony BMG Music Entertainment …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Problems arise with Vista's validation  —  Last year, when Microsoft announced a new anti-piracy infrastructure for Windows Vista, I was skeptical.  Here's what I wrote at the time: … And now, only weeks after the retail launch of Windows Vista, early Vista adopters are experiencing a wave of validation and activation problems.
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Dwight / TechBlog:
Updated: What happens when Windows Vista isn't activated
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com:
DVD Playback In Vista: It All Depends
Discussion: Mobility Site
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
EMI: DRM stays  —  EMI has broken off talks with digital music download services about providing a DRM-free repertoire.  —  EMI was always tipped as the most likely of the "Big Four" to break ranks with its peers and supply music unencumbered by DRM.  It's the smallest of the four major labels …
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
New Hot Properties: YouTube Celebrities  —  No one would mistake the Ask a Jew guy for Lonelygirl15, but these days YouTube contributor Shmuel Tennenhaus is feeling like a hot commodity.  —  Mr. Tennenhaus, an aspiring comedy writer who gained a modest following on YouTube for his droll question …
Discussion: Cost Per News, A VC and Reel Pop
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
BITTORRENT ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK HANDS-ON: 10 PROS AND CONS [UPDATED]  —  The new BitTorrent media store, the BitTorrent Entertainment Network, has been live for a few hours.  It's a mixed bag, and these are my hands-on impressions.  I wanted to come up with five pros and five cons.
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Cho Jin-seo / KoreaTimes:
Samsung Sisters Vie for LCD Record  —  Samsung SDI has developed the slimmest liquid crystal display (LCD) for mobile phones, breaking the record set by its sister firm Samsung Electronics only three months ago.  —  The display maker said the new prototype module is only 0.74 millimeters thick …
Lewis Page / The Register:
Windows for Warships nears frontline service  —  Analysis Everyone knows the differences between Windows and other operating systems.  Steve Jobs has recently spent colossal sums telling us that most malware is written for Windows; also that using Windows is no fun and, even worse, seems to involve wearing a tie.
Discussion: Mobility Site and Slashdot
Wall Street Journal:
Tech Giants to Unveil Power-Usage Plan  —  AMD, IBM, Rivals  —  To Focus on Efficiency  —  Of Servers, Data Centers  —  The rising cost of energy to operate computer rooms is forcing high-tech competitors to work together — and maybe even agree on ways to measure the problem.
Gizmodo:
Ogo 2.0: Kinda Like Sidekick, But Only Europe Likes It  —  The Ogo cellphone, which nobody here liked, is getting a new baby brother to play with: Ogo 2.0. (Was the naming guy on vacation?)  Sharing the same basic shape as the original, Ogo 2.0 tries to better itself by including a higher resolution display …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and CrunchGear
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Quintura Visual Search Engine Relaunches  —  At around 8 AM PST this morning, Moscow-based search engine Quintura will relaunch its visual search engine with a new user interface (if it looks like the screen shot below, it's launched).  —  The company, which is backed by Mangrove Capital Partners …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Turn Gmail Into Your Personal Nerve Center  —  I was lucky enough to get in on the Gmail beta when it launched and I haven't looked back since.  Even though I've had an account for almost three years and I get over 100 emails a day, I have chewed up only 18% of the generous 2.8 gigabytes of storage.
Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
Apple, Samsung, Sandisk sued over MP3  —  Texas MP3 Technologies claims the companies infringed its patent covering 'an MPEG portable sound reproducing system'  —  Little-known Texas MP3 Technologies is taking on Apple, Samsung Electronics, and Sandisk with a patent-infringement lawsuit.
 
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biz.yahoo.com:
Yahoo!: Time for Plan B  —  Eric Jackson submits …
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Wall Street Journal:
Radar Returns for a Third Try in the Buzz Business
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
2007 SEMPO Board of Directors Announced
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Red-light district on a tiny mobile screen
Mike / Techdirt:
Is It Still Theft Of Service If It's Using The Free WiFi At The Library?
Reuters:
AOL extends $900 mln offer to buy TradeDoubler
Discussion: PaidContent and Cost Per News
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Daniel E. Slotnik / New York Times:
Too Few Friends? A Web Site Lets You Buy Some (and They're Hot)
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube and Google Video Player in Google SERPs: This Is EVIL
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Zune Marketplace Songs Work on PlaysForSure Devices (??)
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and eHomeUpgrade
Tony Walsh / Clickable Culture:
Big Boom in Metaverse Development
Jeannie Choe / Engadget:
Linux users tell Ballmer to put his code where his mouth is
Mike / Techdirt:
News Reports May Be A Little Quick To Clear Sarasota E-Voting Machines
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
IRS goes after eBay, wants info on seller earnings
Darren Murph / Engadget:
TiVo Desktop 2.4 public beta loosed, enables PC-to-TiVO transcoding
 

 
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