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3:45 AM ET, February 21, 2008

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google & Its 99 Broadband Balloons  —  Google, according to The Wall Street Journal is thinking about teaming up with Space Data Corp., a company that sends balloons carrying small (micro) base stations about 20 miles up in the air for providing connectivity to truckers and oil companies.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Launching AdSense for Video - Minus the Video  —  After nearly a year in closed beta, Google is expected to announce tonight that its AdSense for Video program is now open to publishers.  When the program's pilot was announced last May, AdSense for Video was intended to serve up video-in-video ads.
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Google Finally Launches AdSense for Video
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Is Adobe Trying To Add DRM To Flash?  —  The EFF's Deeplinks blog has an excellent discussion about Adobe's plans to add DRM to Flash.  Flash has become something of a defacto standard online, and it's partly the lack of included DRM that allowed this to happen, encouraging creative uses, such as mashups.
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Seth Schoen / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Adobe Pushes DRM for Flash  —  The immense popularity of sites like YouTube has unexpectedly turned Flash Video (FLV) into one of the de facto standards for Internet video.  The proliferation of sites using FLV has been a boon for remix culture, as creators made their own versions of posted videos.
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
XNA games coming to the Zune, Xbox Live Arcade  —  This morning at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Microsoft announced the next step in its Xbox Live and XNA initiative: the Zune will be entering the fray as new third pillar of XNA software support, with over 1,000 games for the device by year end.
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nextgendesigncomp.com:
Momenta, the PC for Life  —  Momenta, the neck worn PC also captures the best and most exciting moments of your life.  Ever thought, “Man I wish I had that on tape!”  When everybody is laughing themselves to tears, Momenta has already captured the previous 5 minutes from its rolling buffer …
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:   Next-Gen Microsoft PC Concept Attaches to Your Neck Like a Symbiote …
Nivi / Venture Hacks:
T-Shirts for VCs  —  Hilarious new t-shirts for the “top 2/20%” (get it?) of the population from VC Wear:  —  There are more awesome t-shirts at VC Wear as well as a Powerpoint Pitch and a Buy it (the company) Now button.  —  There's truth in every t-shirt.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft releases Windows XP SP3 RC2  —  Microsoft has released Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate 2 to the general public.  For the last few weeks the latest pre-release version of SP3 was only available to about 15,000 beta testers.  But now you can download the update from Microsoft's servers using Windows Update.
Discussion: WinBeta
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple: Have a keyboard update!  Oh, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH  —  Are you a MacBook or MacBook Pro owner who recently installed Apple's Keyboard Firmware Upgrade 1.0?  Turns out, that update brings more than the first keypress after the machine has been sitting idle.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge dismisses malicious prosecution lawsuit against RIAA  —  Exonerated RIAA defendant Tanya Andersen ran into a bit of a roadblock yesterday in an attempt to pursue her malicious prosecution lawsuit against the RIAA and MediaSentry.  After a hearing, a federal judge dismissed Andersen's complaint …
Discussion: RSS
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Why Most VC-Backed, Ad-Supported Companies Are Doomed to Fail  —  Most of the web projects out there are ad-supported, or intend to be ad-supported.  —  While a lot of companies are bootstrapped, most are financed by angel investors or venture capitalists.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Bill Gates pooh-poohed Yahoo deal last year  —  In a series of interviews this week, Bill Gates has spoken positively about Microsoft's proposed Yahoo deal — telling CNet News.com, for example, that the addition of Yahoo's engineers is why Microsoft believes the potential combination would be “powerful.”
Discussion: CNET News.com, WebProNews and Joe Duck
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
T-Mobile aiming for home phones with new service  —  It turns out the Wi-Fi home phone service that T-Mobile USA launched last summer was just the beginning.  —  Today, the Bellevue-based wireless carrier is dramatically stepping up its effort to take over your home phone service …
Robert X. Cringely / InfoWorld:
Look before you leak  —  I bet you thought people banked in the Cayman Islands because they serve fruity cocktails with tiny parasols in them while you're waiting for your checks to clear.  Well, you're only partly right.  The other reason people keep accounts in the Caymans is to avoid paying taxes …
Discussion: Bits
Tom / New Scientist Technology Blog:
Warning: this technology may prove addictive  —  Should Blackberries and other potentially addictive devices come with a health warning?  It's an idea floated by UK researchers studying technology addiction.  —  Nada Kakabadse and Susan Bailey of Northampton University are interested …
Discussion: TechWeb and Slashdot
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
AirDrives for iPhone now available  —  Now we're talking.  Back in July, yours truly did a post on the new AirDrives headphones — you know, the headphones that basically sit on the outside of your ear “eliminating the need to choose between music and social interaction” …
Discussion: Ubergizmo
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
AOL ending all support for Netscape on March 1
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Friend Spam Is The Worst Kind Of All
Discussion: Facebook Blog
Mike Blumenthal / Understanding Google Maps …:
Google Maps Offers Refine by User Rating & Neighborhood Option
Discussion: Screenwerk
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Geek Goes Chic: We're Partying With PopSugar
Discussion: bub.blicio.us and POPSUGAR
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Trends: Secretive New York bank Allen & Co. gets into Silicon Valley media tech
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
The Engagement Debate: Still Unsettled
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Departing Microsoft exec has big house, warm pants
Discussion: 425 Magazine and Valleywag
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Keeping it real fake, part CXII: Is the DaXian X999 the ultimate fake iPhone?
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Norwegian Police Deal Massive Blow to MPAA Lawyer
Discussion: Digg
ReadWriteWeb:
Link Attraction Factors: Getting Dugg and Going Viral
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Update: BlackBerry network down again on Wednesday
Discussion: Macworld and CNET News.com
New York Times:
Ending Tradition, NBC Dismisses Fall Debuts
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Much Will Yahoo's New Severance Plan Cost Microsoft?
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Sprint expected to undercut rivals' call plans
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Hacker breaks link between iTunes and the iPod
Brandi Stewart / Fortune Small Business:
eBay seller strike starts, listings dip
 

 
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