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1:45 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Download Squad and Tech Tracks
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft tries to appease EU by sharing secrets  —  Microsoft, reacting to the rejection of its antitrust appeal in Europe last year, said this morning that it's giving outside software developers new levels of access to its biggest programs.  Among other things, the company …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft Announces Plans To Improve Interoperability  —  There was a nice buzz in the blogosphere this morning about a mysterious press conference Microsoft (MSFT) is holding in a few minutes; the company at first said only that the announcement would have nothing to do with the pending takeover bid for Yahoo (YHOO).
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Microsoft launches new open standards, interoperability push
Discussion: eWeek
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Sings a New Tune—Wants to Play Nice With Open-Source
Discussion: The Register and The Open Road
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.
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 …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Health Readies For Launch, In Test With Cleveland Clinic
Shamim Samadi / Official Google Blog:
AdSense for video now in beta
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: Napsterization and
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.
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.
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.
Discussion:, and iPhone Savior
Vista Service Pack 1 x64 Released to Windows Update?
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
Discussion: One By One Media
Paul C. Jeffries / Facebook Blog:
Application Spam  —  Recently, a lot of people have been frustrated …
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 …
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Disk encryption may not be secure enough, new research finds  —  Computer scientists have discovered a novel way to bypass the encryption used in programs like Microsoft's BitLocker and Apple's FileVault and view the contents of supposedly secure files.  —  In a paper published on Thursday …
Discussion: Apple
IDG News Service:
Flash Memory Prices to Plummet, Analysts Say  —  The weak U.S. economy, plus falling demand and a flooded market, should push NAND flash prices down this year.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Prices of NAND flash memory could plummet this year because of weak demand and an oversupply …
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Stanford camera chip can see in 3D  —  Most folks think of a photo as a two-dimensional representation of a scene.  Stanford University researchers, however, have created an image sensor that also can judge the distance of subjects within a snapshot.  —  To accomplish the feat …
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
New Camera Chip Takes 3D Pictures
Discussion: Gizmodo and All News Feeds
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 …
The Blog:
Better Binoculars
Discussion: WebProBlog
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.
Robert Vamosi / CNET
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
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 …
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