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10:10 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 …
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  —  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
Update: Microsoft makes boldest move yet embracing open source
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Red Hat Sends C&D to Its Logo
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Security boffins unveil UnBitLocker  —  BitLocker, meet UnBitLocker.  —  Word arrives from The Electronic Frontier Foundation that a crack team of researchers - including the Foundation's own Seth Schoen - have discovered a gaping security flaw in everyday disk encryption technologies …
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Research Team Finds Security Flaw in Popular Disk Encryption Technologies
Discussion: Security Watch
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: eWeek, Download Squad and Mashable!
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” …
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
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.
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 …
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
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: Crave and Engadget
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Optimus Maximus Keyboard Now Shipping (At Last!)
Discussion: Electronista
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
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.
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.
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 …
Darren Waters / BBC:
Virtuality and reality ‘to merge’  —  Technology editor, BBC News website, in San Francisco  —  Computers the size of blood cells will create fully immersive virtual realities by 2033, leading inventor Ray Kurzweil has predicted.  —  Exponential growth in processing power and the shrinking …
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 and Unwired View
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Server vendors fight off doom and gloom in Q4
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
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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
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Edward Mendelson / PC Magazine:
Apple OS X 10.5.2 (Leopard)
Discussion: The Mac Observer
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