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12:30 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 …
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
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 …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Cleveland Clinic to Test Google Health
Discussion: Official Google Blog
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Health Pilot Launches Today?
Discussion: Googling Google and Mashable!
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.
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.
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.
Martin LaMonica / CNET   Microsoft CEO to make ‘significant’ announcement
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Social network shrinkage in the U.K.?
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.
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.
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 …
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Analysts do the happy dance about iPod shuffle price cut  —  Analyst coverage of Apple has been particularly busy since last month's Macworld Expo.  Last week, the reports focused on the MacBook Air and the demand (or lack thereof) for the product.  Following a price cut and the announcement …
IDG News Service:
Flash Memory Prices to Plummet, Analysts Say
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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
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
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
Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
Google Releases Native Search client for S60  —  Google has released a native client for Google search for S60 phones.  The application, available via the Google mobile site, places a shortcut to a Google search box on the Idle screen (unfortunately only for devices with either a ‘Ctrl’ or ‘pencil/edit’ key) …
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Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
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Discussion: PDA and TechCrunch UK
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Ars Technica reviews the NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Asustek delays launch of U2E laptop PC
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News Corp.-Yahoo Discussion Go On. And On.
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LG's new LN840 PND hits the FCC
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Palm Foleo: Not such a dumb concept after all?
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nike's SportBand passes FCC, bypasses Apple
Discussion: Gizmodo and Apple Gazette
James Rivington / All News Feeds:
Toshiba HD DVD players stripped of dignity
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Retailer warns Sony not to abuse its newfound Blu-ray position …
Bill Ray / The Register:
Why is Microsoft dancing with Danger?
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Stanford camera chip can see in 3D
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?
David Dalka:
Google Creates Alumni Relations Program Manager Position
Discussion: WebProNews