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7:05 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 …
InfoWorld:
Update: Microsoft makes boldest move yet embracing open source  —  In a major turnaround for Microsoft, the company Thursday promised “greater transparency” in its development and business practices, outlining a new strategy to provide more access to APIs and previously proprietary protocols …
Microsoft:
Virtual Pressroom: Microsoft Makes Strategic Changes in Technology and Business Practices to Expand Interoperability  —  Microsoft today announced a set of broad-reaching changes to its technology and business practices to increase the openness of its products and drive greater interoperability, opportunity and choice.
Windows Live SkyDrive Team Blog:
Welcome to the bigger, better, faster SkyDrive!  —  We know it's been mighty quiet on the SkyDrive blog, but we've been hard at work on a new version that we're proud to announce today!  —  You've made two things clear since our first release: You want more space; and you want SkyDrive where you are.
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Windows Live SkyDrive to offer 5gb free storage?
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable!
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com Binoculars Adds Compete.com Stats  —  Ask.com has announced that they have added site statistics from Compete.com 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 …
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:   Will Social Bookmarking Pay Dividends with Search Result Augmentation?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   How Vulnerable is Google on Search?
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.
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Alexkoc / Windows Genuine Advantage:
Taking the next step with Windows Vista SP1
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Disk encryption: Can you trust it?  —  Computer scientists have discovered a novel way to bypass the encryption used in programs like Microsoft's BitLocker and Apple's FileVault and then view the contents of supposedly secure files.  —  In a paper (PDF) published Thursday that could prompt …
Discussion: Engadget, Apple, Threat Level and WinBeta
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AppleInsider:
Mega Apple filing details next-gen ‘multi-touch input surface’  —  The latest patent filing from Apple Inc. hints at a next-generation multi-touch ‘surface’ that would combine typing, pointing, scrolling, and handwriting capabilities into a single ergonomic design aimed at replacing traditional input devices …
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.
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Sprint will make WiMAX an open platform with an SDK and open APIs  —  From its conception, WiMAX has been engineered to be an open platform for mobile broadband Internet.  When you talk to any of the executives and business professionals from the big vendors in the WiMAX ecosystem …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Between the Lines
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Open APIs In Xohm's Future
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
EU says it'll believe Microsoft is going open when it sees it  —  Echoing the reactions of many to Microsoft's decision to open things up this morning, the European Commission issued a statement this morning saying that while it welcomes any moves towards “genuine interoperability,” …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Chumby Is Open, but Not for Business  —  I find Chumby fascinating for a lot of reasons.  Meant to replace a clock radio, it is a $179 device with a Wi-Fi connection, a 3.5 inch touch screen and a squishy leather case.  It displays various widgets with information pulled off the Internet …
Discussion: Gizmodo and biskero.org
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.
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Went To a Linkin Park Concert and an Apple Store Broke Out
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Life and Incredible Adventures of Optimus Keyboards:
Optimus Maximus Shipping News  —  We begin shipping Optimus Maximus keyboards to those who ordered it last year.  At the same time, first versions of Optimus Configurator software for Mac and PC are available at: http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/ optimus/downloads/
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Optimus Maximus Keyboard Now Shipping (At Last!)
Discussion: Electronista
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) …
comScore:
comScore Releases January 2008 U.S. Search Engine Rankings  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the search marketplace.  January 2008 saw Americans conduct more than 10 billion core searches …
Michael Cabanatuan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Muni's ‘Connected Bus’ is about to go online  —  The bus of the future has arrived in San Francisco, and while it doesn't drive itself, fly over crowded intersections or necessarily even arrive on time, it does offer free Wi-Fi access, touch-screen maps on the walls and connecting transit information.
 
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