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10:15 AM ET, February 15, 2008

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David Benjamin / EE Times:
Users' love affair with iPhone stumps Mobile World panel  —  BARCELONA, Spain — A blue-ribbon panel of human behavior and technology experts at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain agreed that the best recent advance in the mobile telecommunications user space came …
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Google iPhone usage shocks search giant  —  Google on Wednesday said it has seen 50 times more search requests coming from Apple iPhones than any other mobile handset — a revelation so astonishing that the company originally suspected it had made an error culling its own data.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple iPhone's Ease of Use Encouraging Mobile Internet Usage  —  At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, members of the mobile phone industry met for a three day conference.  The iPhone's appears to have already had a large effect on the mobile phone industry, with many showing off iPhone clones.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Using the Mobile Web is a Sticky Proposition  —  Another Mobile World Congress, and another week full of promises coming out of the wireless industry that we will find eventually use our mobile phones to access the web much like we use our PCs.  While I do believe we're closer …
Discussion: The Register, BBC NEWS and VoIP Blog
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Tests Video Ads on Search Results Pages  —  Google has always had a love-hate relationship with advertising.  Its power and wealth come from the $16 billion a year of advertising that it sells.  Yet on its most important pages, the results from its Web search engine …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google to test video ads in search; Will there be a revolt?  —  Google is reportedly going to test visual ads in its search results instead of the usual small text ads.  The big question is what the reaction will be?  —  According to Saul Hansell at the New York Times' Bits blog …
Business Week:
Building the Perfect Laptop  —  The superslim ThinkPad X300 is Lenovo's bid for leadership in the high-stakes world of laptops  —  “Phyllis!  Get me one of those interoffice mail envelopes!”  —  It was just after lunchtime on Jan. 15, and Peter Hortensius was storming through the cubicles …
Hollywood Reporter:
Toshiba to drop HD DVD, sources say  —  Company says no decision has been made  —  The format war has turned into a format death watch.  —  Toshiba is widely expected to pull the plug on its HD DVD format sometime in the coming weeks, reliable industry sources say, after a rash …
Louise Story / New York Times:
4 News Companies Ally to Sell Ads on the Internet  —  Four large newspaper companies are joining forces to sell advertisements on the Internet, hoping that the combined heft of their Web sites will encourage large advertisers to spend more money.  —  Each of the four companies …
Discussion: WebProNews and TechCrunch
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft reorg: Who's in; who's out  —  On February 14, Microsoft announced a corporate reorganization affecting many of its divisions.  —  As with any Microsoft early-year reorg — which typically occur after the company's fiscal mid-year reviews — there are winners and losers.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
What's Microsoft Offering Open Source On February 27?  —  First Scoble writes about something so amazing from Microsoft it makes him cry and will be world changing.  Then Long Zheng spots the above page via an email pitch linking to opensourcehero that redirects here.
Discussion: Scobleizer, WinBeta and Valleywag
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Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
EMC deal could bring SAP software to smaller firms  —  Companies said to ponder collaboration  —  A possible deal between EMC Corp. of Hopkinton and German software giant SAP AG could make it easier for small- and medium-size companies to obtain advanced business-management services over the Internet.
Discussion: IT Project Failures
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
8aweek To Help You Kick That Internet Time Wasting Addiction  —  New Y Combinator startup 8aweek aims to help you stop wasting all that time on random Internet sites.  They offer a Firefox plugin that monitors the web sites you visit and how long you spend on each site.
Discussion: Lifehacker
Bradley Horowitz / Elatable:
On Leaving Yahoo...  Leaving Yahoo.  —  Yes, it's true.  I've left Yahoo.  —  It was somewhat overwhelming sifting through the barrage of reactions over the last 48 hours: “Thanks for all you've done”, “How could you?!”, “Congrats!”, etc.  It's fascinating to watch people react.
Discussion: Bits
 
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Rex Hammock / rexblog.com:
Twitter is something you'll never understand, so stop trying
George Ou / Zero Day:
Opera accuses Mozilla of irresponsible disclosure
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Yahoo! Video Blog:
Welcome to the All-New Yahoo! Video
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
EU Looks To Extend Copyright And Blank Media Levies
Discussion: BBC and Electronista
Thomas Wilburn / Ars Technica:
Fans of open access not optimistic on 700MHz auction results
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
New and Promising BitTorrent Sites
Discussion: Digg
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Are you breathing while emailing or Twittering?
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Is the iPhone the Ultimate eBook Reader?
Discussion: TeleRead and The Apple Core
 Earlier Items: 
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Nintendo estimates it lost $975m worldwide in 2007 due to piracy
Discussion: Newlaunches.com
Jason Bush / Business Week:
The Blogging Czar of Moscow
Discussion: Quintura blog
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Consumating Closing Quietly, Demonstrates Another Side of a Startup's Life
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Nielsen: YouTube is from Mars, streaming video is from Venus
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Forrester Report: Online Community Best Practices
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Why You Should Let Users Define Your App
Discussion: New York Times
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Apple users, meet The Continental
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
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LiveUniverse Buys Revver for More than a Song (about $5M)
 

 
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