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11:05 AM ET, February 21, 2008

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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.
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Steve Lohr / Bits:
Google Health Begins Its Preseason at Cleveland Clinic  —  For 18 months, Google has been working to come up with a product offering and a strategy in the promising field of consumer health information.  Until now, the search giant hasn't had anything to show for its labors other than bumps along the way …
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Health Pilot Launches Today?
Discussion: Googling Google and Mashable!
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Wants Your Medical Records
Discussion: CNET News.com
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.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Plans Push to Sell Ads to Appear Inside Videos  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Hoping to earn more from its vast advertising network, Google said it planned to begin selling ads to appear inside videos on sites across the Web.  —  While the money spent on Web video ads is a small fraction …
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.
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: yelvington.com
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Friend Spam Is The Worst Kind Of All
Paul C. Jeffries / Facebook Blog:
Application Spam  —  Recently, a lot of people have been frustrated …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Adobe is pushing DRM into Flash  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted a story that says Adobe Pushes DRM for Flash, and obviously they're against it.  The story says: … The DMCA bans tools that help “circumvent” any DRM system (as well as the act of circumvention) so this could stop people remixing them.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Why Is Adobe Trying To Add DRM To Flash?
Seth Schoen / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Adobe Pushes DRM for Flash
Discussion: TeleRead
Electronista:
Microsoft preps mystery “significant” news...  Microsoft will make a “significant company announcement” within hours, the firm announced today.  Without providing details, the software developer notes that it will hold a mid-day conference and makes clear that the news is unrelated to its attempted acquisition of Yahoo.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Facebook sees first dip in UK users  —  Facebook has suffered its first fall in UK users, with a 5% drop between December and January, according to new figures.  —  However, Facebook still had 8.5 million unique users in January and remains the most popular social networking website in the UK …
Billboard:
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
M&A Bankers on Yahoo-Microsoft: Done Deal  —  We canvassed a couple of Wall Street M&A moguls last night for their thoughts on how the Microsoft-Yahoo (MSFT/YHOO) deal would play out.  Their thoughts:  — It's a done deal.  — Jerry's language in his “letter to shareholders” was a bold move.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
The hands-free way to steal a credit card  —  WASHINGTON D.C.—Adam Laurie, an RFID security expert, used the Black Hat DC 2008 conference here, to demonstrate a new Python script he's working on to read the contents of smart-chip-enabled credit cards.  —  As part of his presentation Wednesday …
Discussion: eWeek
Bill Ray / The Register:
Why is Microsoft dancing with Danger?  —  Analysis The world may have missed it in the fuss over the Yahoo! bid, but last week Microsoft announced it had agreed to acquire Danger Inc, for a reported $500m.  The purchase is indicative of Microsoft's aspirations as a provider of back-end services …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nike's SportBand passes FCC, bypasses Apple  —  Well what do you know, the Nike+ product line continues to evolve.  This time, however, Apple's iPod appears to be out of the picture.  Based on that illustration above, the 2.62 x 2.62-inch Nike+ SportBand device wedges its way into a bracelet …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Apple Gazette
 
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
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Phil McKenna / New Scientist:
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iSuppli Warns of NAND Flash Slowdown in 2008
CBC News:
International hacking network busted, Quebec police say
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Toshiba HD DVD players stripped of dignity
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iLike Launches Artist News Stream - Users Triple since Last July To 22 Million
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
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Discussion: Gadget Lab and All News Feeds
Gizmodo:
Leaked RIAA Training Video: Find Pirates, Find Crack-Dealing …
Discussion: Techdirt
Yakov / Quintura blog:
Is Google Acquiring Ukrainian Web Portal Bigmir)net for $100 Million?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's Bravia F-series is no wallflower
Discussion: Gizmodo
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