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5:00 PM ET, February 21, 2008


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Microsoft Makes Strategic Changes in Technology and Business Practices to Expand Interoperability  —  New interoperability principles and actions will increase openness of key products.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced a set of broad-reaching changes to its technology and business practices …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft pledges (yet again) that it wants to be interoperable  —  Microsoft's “significant” announcement on February 21 turns out to be not so significant at all.  Microsoft is promising — for the umpteenth time — that it will share all the protocols and programming interfaces needed …
Virtual Pressroom: Microsoft Makes Strategic Changes in Technology and Business Practices to Expand Interoperability  —  Microsoft today announced a set of broad-reaching changes to its technology and business practices to increase the openness of its products and drive greater interoperability, opportunity and choice.
Discussion: Channel 10, Port 25 and John Carroll
Update: Microsoft makes boldest move yet embracing open source  —  In a major turnaround for Microsoft, the company Thursday promised “greater transparency” in its development and business practices, outlining a new strategy to provide more access to APIs and previously proprietary protocols …
Discussion: InfoWorld, Slashdot and CNET
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft Chants Open, Interoperability Mantra
Discussion: eWeek and SmoothSpan Blog
Windows Live SkyDrive Team Blog:
Welcome to the bigger, better, faster SkyDrive!  —  We know it's been mighty quiet on the SkyDrive blog, but we've been hard at work on a new version that we're proud to announce today!  —  You've made two things clear since our first release: You want more space; and you want SkyDrive where you are.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Windows Live SkyDrive to offer 5gb free storage?
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable!
Inside AdSense:
Fueling creativity in online video - with AdSense for video beta  —  We know that publishers are quickly adding video to their sites and looking for ways to earn additional revenue.  If this sounds like you, look no further than AdSense for video, our solution for qualifying publishers.
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Google's AdSense Goes Video
Discussion: Digital Trends
Suzanne Tindal / CNET
Microsoft: Vista SP1 will break these programs  —  Microsoft has published a list of programs that will not work or that will suffer from reduced functionality after the installation of Vista Service Pack 1.  —  The list of programs consists mostly of security applications, such as Trend Micro Internet Security 2008.
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Binoculars Adds Stats  — has announced that they have added site statistics from to the binoculars feature in the search results.  Now, instead of just getting a site preview, you also get estimated visitor stats, site rank, a line chart to plot …
Discussion: The Blog and InsideGoogle
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   How Vulnerable is Google on Search?
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Sorry, Boys, This Is Our Domain  —  THE prototypical computer whiz of popular imagination — pasty, geeky, male — has failed to live up to his reputation.  —  Research shows that among the youngest Internet users, the primary creators of Web content (blogs, graphics, photographs, Web sites) …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Facebook Moves to Curtail Application Spam: What Took So Long?  —  One of the biggest problems with the Facebook user experience today is the amount of spam from applications that are trying to leverage its social networks to “grow virally”.  For this reason, it is unsurprising to read …
Discussion: VentureBeat and One By One Media
Paul C. Jeffries / Facebook Blog:
Application Spam  —  Recently, a lot of people have been frustrated …
Discussion: AppScout, PDA and
Associated Press:
Google ventures into health records biz  —  SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — Google Inc. will begin storing the medical records of a few thousand people as it tests a long-awaited health service that's likely to raise more concerns about the volume of sensitive information entrusted to the Internet search leader.
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Google Health Begins Its Preseason at Cleveland Clinic
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Sprint will make WiMAX an open platform with an SDK and open APIs  —  From its conception, WiMAX has been engineered to be an open platform for mobile broadband Internet.  When you talk to any of the executives and business professionals from the big vendors in the WiMAX ecosystem …
Discussion: GigaOM
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Sprint plans to open up WiMAX, launch SDK, open APIs
comScore Releases January 2008 U.S. Search Engine Rankings  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the search marketplace.  January 2008 saw Americans conduct more than 10 billion core searches …
Michael Cabanatuan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Muni's ‘Connected Bus’ is about to go online  —  The bus of the future has arrived in San Francisco, and while it doesn't drive itself, fly over crowded intersections or necessarily even arrive on time, it does offer free Wi-Fi access, touch-screen maps on the walls and connecting transit information.
Linkin Park Rocks Apple Store At Secret Show  —  Linkin Park rocked a crowd of contest winners and industry personnel just after midnight Thursday (Feb. 21) at the Apple Store in New York's Soho neighborhood, in what served as an intimate warm-up for a show tonight at the city's Madison Square Garden.
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Disk encryption: Can you trust it?  —  Computer scientists have discovered a novel way to bypass the encryption used in programs like Microsoft's BitLocker and Apple's FileVault and then view the contents of supposedly secure files.  —  In a paper (PDF) published Thursday that could prompt …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Price May Be Steep, But Thin ThinkPad Has Abundant Features  —  I am writing these words on a new laptop computer that packs a full-size screen and keyboard into a body that's quite thin and light.  And it has a solid-state drive with no moving parts instead of a hard disk.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Stanford camera chip can see in 3D  —  Most folks think of a photo as a two-dimensional representation of a scene.  Stanford University researchers, however, have created an image sensor that also can judge the distance of subjects within a snapshot.  —  To accomplish the feat …
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Discussion: MacRumors, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
First Video Walkthrough of the Lenovo X300
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine and CrunchGear
John Biggs / New York Times:
From China, Cellphone à la Carte
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
T-Mobile offering home phone service
Jibi / The Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive: BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1 SP5 - Product Release Overview
Discussion: IntoMobile
CBC News:
International hacking network busted, Quebec police say
Todd Ritter / Download Squad:
htaccess Editor: create .htaccess files with ease
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Drapeau / The Netscape Blog:
Netscape 9 Users: Time to Flock or Firefox
IDG News Service:
Flash Memory Prices to Plummet, Analysts Say
Erica Ogg / CNET
Palm Foleo: Not such a dumb concept after all?
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
Google Releases Native Search client for S60
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nike's SportBand passes FCC, bypasses Apple
Discussion: Gizmodo
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Retailer warns Sony not to abuse its newfound Blu-ray position …
Robert Vamosi / CNET
The hands-free way to steal a credit card
Discussion: eWeek
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Facebook sees first dip in UK users

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Peter Sterne / Politico:
As Gawker traffic stalls, writers told to work faster

Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
By end of 2015, McClatchy expected to scale back national coverage and close its five foreign bureaus in Beijing, Mexico City, Istanbul, Berlin, and Irbil, Iraq

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