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3:20 AM ET, February 22, 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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Port 25:
See Change  —  I have always been a fan of Tim O'Reilly's phrase the “architecture of participation” to describe “systems designed for user contribution.”  I liked it so much that at last year's OSCON I made this concept the focal point of a discussion about how Microsoft's products, programs …
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 …
Associated Press:
Google founder spooked by Microsoft's Yahoo bid  —  Speaking after a Google press event, Sergey Brin calls the possibility of a Yahoo takeover ‘unnerving.’  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin called Microsoft Corp.'s takeover bid for Yahoo Inc. an “unnerving” …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Red Hat Sends C&D to DataPortability.org...Over Its Logo  —  Open source giant Red Hat sent a Cease and Desist letter to the DataPortability.org group today, the group says, demanding the removal of the DP logo from the group's website.  —  Red Hat alleges that the infinity sign …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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Red Hat:
Red Hat Statement on Microsoft Announcement  —  Eight years ago the U.S. regulatory authorities, and four years ago the European regulators made clear to Microsoft that its refusal to disclose interface information for its monopoly software products violates the law.
Discussion: eWeek and The Open Road
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Logo War: Red Hat Takes On DataPortability
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Maritz joins EMC, to battle Microsoft in the cloud  —  Microsoft's cloud computing efforts have a formidable and familiar new competitor.  —  Paul Maritz, the former Microsoft platform boss, is becoming president of EMC's cloud computing initiative, which competes directly with Microsoft.
Discussion: Bits and All about Microsoft
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
EMC to buy cloud computing start-up Pi
Discussion: Chuck's Blog and PR Newswire
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Apple patent seeks to marry TiVo, podcasts, and iTunes Store  —  A new patent filed by Apple is raising speculation over what may be in store for the future of podcasting.  Podcasting began maturing quickly on its own a few years ago, but Apple's embracing of the grassroots movement by giving …
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple looks towards personalized on-demand podcasts
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
Mike / CrunchNotes:
TechCrunch, Peaking, Etc.  —  A lot of people write a lot of stuff that's pretty negative about TechCrunch.  Since I don't actually do an ego monitor, we miss most of it.  But every once in a while something bubbles up and I see it.  Usually I don't respond because it just encourages more of the same.
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.
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Google News 2.0 ... Leveling The Field For New Media “Orphans”?  —  Not that Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia is anything *remotely* like a New Media Orphan (in fact, one could say he is a new media ‘godfather’, in some respects), but interesting rejoinder *by* Mr. Sanger on Google News …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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.
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
TUAW Responds: iPhone LoJack  —  Way back, one of our readers begged for an iPhone LoJack solution.  He wanted his iPhone to “call home” regularly in case of loss or, let's be more realistic, theft.  Over the past week, I finally had a chance to give this request some time, and I put together findme.
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 …
 
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On The Constitutional Reasons Behind Copyright And Patents
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
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Question of the Day: Lenovo X300 or the MacBook Air?
Discussion: Gearlog
InfoWorld:
Experts hammer Web 2.0 security
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Google lunar challenge gets under way
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Darren Waters / BBC:
Virtuality and reality ‘to merge’
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BBC:
Facebook ‘sees decline in users’
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