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4:35 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 …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft tries to appease EU by sharing secrets  —  Microsoft, reacting to the rejection of its antitrust appeal in Europe last year, said this morning that it's giving outside software developers new levels of access to its biggest programs.  Among other things, the company …
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
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Microsoft launches new open standards, interoperability push
Discussion: eWeek
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
Vista Service Pack 1 x64 Released to Windows Update?
Discussion: Engadget
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.
Inside AdSense:
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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) …
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 …
Discussion: Apple, Threat Level and WinBeta
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.
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 …
Paul C. Jeffries / Facebook Blog:
Application Spam  —  Recently, a lot of people have been frustrated …
Discussion: AppScout, and PDA
IDG News Service:
Flash Memory Prices to Plummet, Analysts Say  —  The weak U.S. economy, plus falling demand and a flooded market, should push NAND flash prices down this year.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Prices of NAND flash memory could plummet this year because of weak demand and an oversupply …
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Analysts do the happy dance about iPod shuffle price cut
Discussion: PC World and Mark Evans
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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Mega Apple filing details next-gen ‘multi-touch input surface’
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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
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John Biggs / New York Times:
From China, Cellphone à la Carte
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET
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Michael Cabanatuan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Muni's ‘Connected Bus’ is about to go online
Todd Ritter / Download Squad:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sprint plans to open up WiMAX, launch SDK, open APIs
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Drapeau / The Netscape Blog:
Netscape 9 Users: Time to Flock or Firefox
Umair / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
2008 + The TechCrunch Effect
Discussion: TechCrunch UK, PDA and
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