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8:25 AM ET, February 21, 2008

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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.
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Wants Your Medical Records
Discussion: CNET News.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Launching AdSense for Video - Minus the Video  —  After nearly a year in closed beta, Google is expected to announce tonight that its AdSense for Video program is now open to publishers.  When the program's pilot was announced last May, AdSense for Video was intended to serve up video-in-video ads.
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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 …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Google Finally Launches AdSense for Video
Discussion: Mashable!
nextgendesigncomp.com:
Momenta, the PC for Life  —  Momenta, the neck worn PC also captures the best and most exciting moments of your life.  Ever thought, “Man I wish I had that on tape!”  When everybody is laughing themselves to tears, Momenta has already captured the previous 5 minutes from its rolling buffer …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's Bravia F-series is no wallflower  —  Sony Japan just announced their Bravia F-series of thin LCDs.  We're talking 46-inches with just 7.4-cm of non-protruding, wall-mountable goodness when these go live in Japan on March 25th.  Available in 1080p resolution ¥400,000 (about $3,700) …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Sony's New M-Series Bravias Get Multicoloured, Bravia Bunny-Style
Discussion: Engadget
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) …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Is Adobe Trying To Add DRM To Flash?  —  The EFF's Deeplinks blog has an excellent discussion about Adobe's plans to add DRM to Flash.  Flash has become something of a defacto standard online, and it's partly the lack of included DRM that allowed this to happen, encouraging creative uses, such as mashups.
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Seth Schoen / Electronic Frontier Foundation:   Adobe Pushes DRM for Flash
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
T-Mobile aiming for home phones with new service  —  It turns out the Wi-Fi home phone service that T-Mobile USA launched last summer was just the beginning.  —  Today, the Bellevue-based wireless carrier is dramatically stepping up its effort to take over your home phone service …
Thomas K. Arnold / Hollywood Reporter:
Paramount seals Blu-ray sweep  —  Winner of next-gen format war now has all 6 majors  —  High-def format war ends; studios going Blu  —  All six major Hollywood studios are now in the Blu-ray Disc camp, a day after Toshiba has pulled the plug on HD DVD and Blu-ray became effectively the only next-gen game in town.
Gizmodo:
Leaked RIAA Training Video: Find Pirates, Find Crack-Dealing Terrorist Murderers Too!  —  This is a leaked official RIAA training video produced with the National District Attorneys Association telling U.S. prosecutors why they should bust music pirates: Because it'll lead them to …
Discussion: Techdirt
Yakov / Quintura blog:
Is Google Acquiring Ukrainian Web Portal Bigmir)net for $100 Million?  —  There is rumor in Ukrainian online media today that Google is acquiring Bigmir)net, the largest Ukrainian portal with over 2.5 million unique monthly users.  I recall that Anil Hansjee, Google's Head of Corporate Development …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple: Have a keyboard update!  Oh, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH  —  Are you a MacBook or MacBook Pro owner who recently installed Apple's Keyboard Firmware Upgrade 1.0?  Turns out, that update brings more than the first keypress after the machine has been sitting idle.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge dismisses malicious prosecution lawsuit against RIAA  —  Exonerated RIAA defendant Tanya Andersen ran into a bit of a roadblock yesterday in an attempt to pursue her malicious prosecution lawsuit against the RIAA and MediaSentry.  After a hearing, a federal judge dismissed Andersen's complaint …
Discussion: RSS
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iBand: like the Velvet Underground, but with iPhones  —  Back in our day we had to use these things called “laptops” to make music, but now it seems like any kid off the street can rock out with a jailbroken iPhone and some Red Bull.  Put two of these ADD-addled youngsters together …
Discussion: Gadget Lab
 
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techtickerblog.com:
Hands On: HCL MiLeap Y Series Tablet PC
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Engadget
BBC:
Microsoft steps up Yahoo drive
Tom Allchorne / PE HUB:
3i Leaves Early-Stage Behind
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and paidContent
Elizabeth Harper / WOW Insider:
GDC08: Live from Rob Pardo talks about Blizzard's approach to MMOs
Dave West / Digital Spy:
iPlayer to launch on iPhone and iTouch
David Dalka:
Google Creates Alumni Relations Program Manager Position
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
AOL ending all support for Netscape on March 1
Discussion: Mashable!
Tom / New Scientist Technology Blog:
Warning: this technology may prove addictive
Discussion: TechWeb and Slashdot
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Friend Spam Is The Worst Kind Of All
Discussion: Facebook Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Geek Goes Chic: We're Partying With PopSugar
Discussion: bub.blicio.us and POPSUGAR
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Trends: Secretive New York bank Allen & Co. gets into Silicon Valley media tech
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google May Buy Balloon Company
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Departing Microsoft exec has big house, warm pants
Discussion: 425 Magazine and Valleywag
Nivi / Venture Hacks:
T-Shirts for VCs  —  Hilarious new t-shirts for the “top 2/20%” …
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
XNA games coming to the Zune, Xbox Live Arcade
Robert X. Cringely / InfoWorld:
Look before you leak  —  I bet you thought people banked …
Discussion: Bits
 

 
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Post and Daily News discussed working together; News considering digital-only future

Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Gamergate and how Internet users think about gaming and harassment

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