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1:15 AM ET, February 27, 2007

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft to Buy Health Information Search Engine  —  Microsoft's drive into the health care market is just getting under way, but the company signaled on Monday that one important ingredient in its plan will be a specialized search engine tailored to deliver useful medical information to consumers.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Microsoft buys health search engine, Medstory
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft buying search firm in health-care push
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Sony announces cheaper Blu-ray player  —  NEW YORK - Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news). said Monday it is bringing out a cheaper player for Blu-ray discs early this summer, a crucial step in its battle to make the high-definition format the replacement for DVDs.  —  The BDP-S300 will cost $599 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Engadget HD
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Sony chops price on Blu-ray player  —  Sony has announced its plans to slash the price of high definition, according the Associated Press.  At a New York press conference, Sony talked up its forthcoming BDP-S300 Blu-ray player.  The big selling point?  Its $599 price.
Discussion: Neowin.net
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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Reuters:
Apple TV debut delayed until mid-March  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Computer and entertainment devices maker Apple (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile , Research) will delay until mid-March its Apple TV device for playing computer-based video on television sets, a spokeswoman said on Monday.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Monkey Bites and NewTeeVee
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple TV — now due mid-March
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Reuters:   Launch of Apple TV device delayed
BBC:
Wireless users 'do more online'  —  People who use wireless internet "show deeper engagement with cyberspace," according to an American study.  —  While 54% of internet users check e-mail "on the typical day," 72% of wireless users check daily.  —  Just under half of wireless users …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
People with WiFi spend more time online
biz.yahoo.com:
Yahoo!: Time for Plan B  —  Eric Jackson submits: What's a long-term path for success for Yahoo! (NasdaqGS: YHOO)?  Long after Panama has been rolled out, the company needs a strategic shift in direction and some important structural changes in its leadership and governance to put …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Which Videos Are Protected?  Lawmakers Get a Lesson  —  As the new Congress experiments with the wide world of blogging and video clips, members are learning the complexities of copyright law, much the way the casual YouTube user has learned that there are corporations out there that own …
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
Mike / Techdirt:
Howard Berman Blames Pharmaceutical Industry For Holding Up Patent Reform  —  from the not-surprising dept  —  I'm spending today down at the first Tech Policy Summit down in San Jose.  The group putting this together has done a great job bringing out some big names, though the attendance …
Gizmodo:
Exclusive Video Leaked: iPod Firmware Coming, Enables Cover Flow  —  A little birdie told us that a firmware update for iPods is coming soon, giving you that same Cover Flow view that you've grown to love in iTunes now.  See it in action, right here.  —  The tipster also tells us …
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Dwight / TechBlog:
Updated: What happens when Windows Vista isn't activated  —  Windows Vista, like Windows XP before it, requires that you activate it via a Microsoft server.  In what amounts to a trial period, you have 30 days of use before it must be activated.  —  Late last week, I found out what happens when you don't activate Vista.
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Problems arise with Vista's validation
Discussion: Monkey Bites and raving lunacy
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Universality of the web widget  —  Netvibes announced a "Universal Widget API" at last week's Future of Web Apps conference in London, promising a write-once run anywhere widget environment using an open-source widget runtime.  The new widget system encourages publishers to author widgets using …
Discussion: Netvibes.com Blog
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Can Video Help Save the Satellite Radio Business?  —  If the plan to merge XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio is approved, one result may be less music and less talk radio beamed into cars around the country.  —  The reasons for that, however, will have nothing to do with regulators.
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 …
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace: Why We Block Widgets
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Ian Murdock / Ian Murdock's Weblog:
Google Calendar adds free/busy scheduling
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Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
Control, alt, sit?
Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
EngineYard & future of Web 2.0 infrastructure
Phil Harton / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Better badware notifications for webmasters
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
BitTorrent goes commercial; execs toast move with New Coke
Daniel Jalkut / Red Sweater Blog:
MarsEdit 1.1.3  —  When the news went out last Thursday …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Social Bookmarking 101: You gotta own your bury/sink. …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
KVM steals virtualization spotlight
Daniel E. Slotnik / New York Times:
Too Few Friends? A Web Site Lets You Buy Some (and They're Hot)
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
EMI: DRM stays
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Quintura Visual Search Engine Relaunches
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube and Google Video Player in Google SERPs: This Is EVIL
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
New Hot Properties: YouTube Celebrities
 

 
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