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1:25 PM ET, February 21, 2008

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Microsoft:
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 …
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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 …
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).
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 Bangeman / Ars Technica:   Microsoft launches new open standards, interoperability push
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Let's be clear: Microsoft's pledge is not a blanket covenant not to sue
Discussion: Between the Lines
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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 …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Health Readies For Launch, In Test With Cleveland Clinic
Alan Newberger / Official Google Blog:
A pilot with the Cleveland Clinic for health information access
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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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Google announces AdSense for video
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 yelvington.com
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.
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.
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
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Paul C. Jeffries / Facebook Blog:
Application Spam  —  Recently, a lot of people have been frustrated …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
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 …
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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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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 …
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IDG News Service:
Flash Memory Prices to Plummet, Analysts Say
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 …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
NVIDIA's GeForce 9600 GT card is officially the new budget hotness  —  It's been a long time coming, but it looks like the GPU industry finally figured out the fact that most consumers don't want to blow a couple grand on an SLI setup, they just want to play Crysis debt-free.
Discussion: Gizmodo, PR Newswire and PC Perspective
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Umair / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
2008 + The TechCrunch Effect  —  Admit it.  You're getting just a wee bit tired of TechCrunch.  Erick's posts are usually pretty cool, and TC UK is interesting.  But otherwise...between Mike, Duncan, etc, it's a bit like mistakenly walking into a room filled with screaming harpies.
Discussion: PDA and TechCrunch UK
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
 
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