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8:55 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 …
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 …
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 …
Red Hat:
Red Hat Statement on Microsoft Announcement
Discussion: eWeek and The Open Road
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?  —  Thanks to tipster (tips*at*liveside*dot*net) Liam, it looks like we're about to see a significant upgrade to the online storage feature from Windows Live, SkyDrive, to 5gb free:  —  We've called for an increase in the storage capacity …
Discussion: Download Squad, eWeek and Mashable!
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.
BetaNews:   Vista SP1 breaks ZoneAlarm, Trend Micro apps, among others
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” …
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 …
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 …
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
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: All about Microsoft
Martin LaMonica / CNET
EMC to buy cloud computing start-up Pi
Discussion: Chuck's Blog and PR Newswire
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Open APIs In Xohm's Future
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   How Vulnerable is Google on Search?
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.
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) …
Discussion: Tech Confidential
Mary Hodder / Napsterization:
The NY Times on Girl Geeks: They are Fashion, Not Technology
Discussion: Worker Bees Blog
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: optimus/downloads/
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Optimus Maximus Keyboard Now Shipping (At Last!)
Discussion: Electronista
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.
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.
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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Discussion: Associated Press
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