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11:45 AM ET, February 21, 2008

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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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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Google Finally Launches AdSense for Video
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!
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
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.
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 …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Social network shrinkage in the U.K.?
Discussion: PDA and Telegraph Blogs
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.
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:   Microsoft CEO to make ‘significant’ announcement
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.
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?
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: Facebook Blog
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Friend Spam Is The Worst Kind Of All
The Ask.com Blog:
Better Binoculars  —  Initially launched in 2004, Binoculars help people find what they are looking for faster.  As part of our Ask3D redesign in June 2007, we improved them - making them larger, clearer and faster.  We also added information about the site you're previewing, giving you site
Discussion: WebProBlog
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Ask.com Binoculars Adds Compete.com Stats
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
James Rivington / All News Feeds:
Toshiba HD DVD players stripped of dignity  —  Such is the lack of interest in Toshiba's HD DVD players these days that retailers are going to extreme lengths to shift stock.  We noticed this morning that not only has Play.com cut HD DVD player prices to an all-time low …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   HD DVD players become DVD upscalers in format war fallout
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 …
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
Suzanne Tindal / CNET News.com:
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: ZDNet.com.au, Bink.nu and iPhone Savior
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 …
 
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LG's new LN840 PND hits the FCC
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IDG News Service:
Flash Memory Prices to Plummet, Analysts Say
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Palm Foleo: Not such a dumb concept after all?
Discussion: Engadget
Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
Google Releases Native Search client for S60
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nike's SportBand passes FCC, bypasses Apple
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CBC News:
International hacking network busted, Quebec police say
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Retailer warns Sony not to abuse its newfound Blu-ray position …
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iLike Launches Artist News Stream - Users Triple since Last July To 22 Million
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Gizmodo:
Leaked RIAA Training Video: Find Pirates, Find Crack-Dealing …
Discussion: Techdirt
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iBand: like the Velvet Underground, but with iPhones
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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
David Dalka:
Google Creates Alumni Relations Program Manager Position
Tom / New Scientist Technology Blog:
Warning: this technology may prove addictive
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