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7:40 PM ET, February 21, 2008

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Microsoft:
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 …
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InfoWorld:
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 …
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 …
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.
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Windows Live SkyDrive to offer 5gb free storage?
Discussion: eWeek, Download Squad and Mashable!
Suzanne Tindal / CNET News.com:
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.
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Alexkoc / Windows Genuine Advantage:
Taking the next step with Windows Vista SP1
AppleInsider:
Mega Apple filing details next-gen ‘multi-touch input surface’  —  The latest patent filing from Apple Inc. hints at a next-generation multi-touch ‘surface’ that would combine typing, pointing, scrolling, and handwriting capabilities into a single ergonomic design aimed at replacing traditional input devices …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
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: Engadget, Apple, Threat Level and WinBeta
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Chumby Is Open, but Not for Business  —  I find Chumby fascinating for a lot of reasons.  Meant to replace a clock radio, it is a $179 device with a Wi-Fi connection, a 3.5 inch touch screen and a squishy leather case.  It displays various widgets with information pulled off the Internet …
Discussion: Gizmodo and biskero.org
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: VentureBeat and Between the Lines
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Open APIs In Xohm's Future
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com Binoculars Adds Compete.com Stats  —  Ask.com has announced that they have added site statistics from Compete.com 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 …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   How Vulnerable is Google on Search?
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.
Life and Incredible Adventures of Optimus Keyboards:
Optimus Maximus Shipping News  —  We begin shipping Optimus Maximus keyboards to those who ordered it last year.  At the same time, first versions of Optimus Configurator software for Mac and PC are available at: http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/ optimus/downloads/
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Optimus Maximus Keyboard Now Shipping (At Last!)
Discussion: Electronista
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
A Truly Great Idea: 99 Cent Rotating Movie Rentals on iTunes  —  Apple has started sending out emails letting users know that each week one select movie title will be available to rent for just 99 cents.  This is an ingenious way to kick up usage of the rental store.
Discussion: Webomatica and The Last Podcast
Knowledge@Wharton:
Steve Wozniak on Apple, Steve Jobs and the Value of a Good Prank  —  Steve Wozniak, or “Woz” as he is commonly called, is best known for co-founding Apple along with high school friend Steve Jobs.  But Wozniak didn't set out to establish one of the world's most influential computer companies.
Discussion: MacUser
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Trendy People Need This Phone  —  The Edge phone is designed for the style conscious fashionistas.  The name has nothing to do with data speed.  In fact we don't even know what this phone is capable of because as with all fashion phones, looks rein supreme and the Edge phone makes sure you notice with its glowing glass keyboard.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
comScore:
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 …
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) …
 
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Associated Press:
Google founder spooked by Microsoft's Yahoo bid
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
EMC to buy cloud computing start-up Pi
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
EU skeptical on Microsoft's interoperability conversion
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Robert Hamilton / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Got a Nokia smartphone? Search Google faster than ever
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Apple patent seeks to marry TiVo, podcasts, and iTunes Store
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Valentine to log laughs at new site
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Tom Lee / Techdirt:
Why Wikipedia's Competitors Are Failing, And Why Knol Might Not
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Edward Mendelson / PC Magazine:
Apple OS X 10.5.2 (Leopard)
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
GPS device knows if you've been drinking
Discussion: NaviGadget and CrunchGear
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
First Video Walkthrough of the Lenovo X300
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine and CrunchGear
Todd Ritter / Download Squad:
htaccess Editor: create .htaccess files with ease
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
CBS' newest Web programming is old-school, really old-school
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Facebook Moves to Curtail Application Spam: What Took So Long?
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