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3:05 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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Slashdot
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Microsoft launches new open standards, interoperability push
Discussion: eWeek
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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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) …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: InsideGoogle
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Better Binoculars
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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
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 …
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.
IDG News Service:
Flash Memory Prices to Plummet, Analysts Say  —  The weak U.S. economy, plus falling demand and a flooded market, should push NAND flash prices down this year.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Prices of NAND flash memory could plummet this year because of weak demand and an oversupply …
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Analysts do the happy dance about iPod shuffle price cut
Discussion: PC World, Mark Evans and AppleInsider
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 and Bink.nu
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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Jibi / The Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive: BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1 SP5 - Product Release Overview
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comScore:
comScore Releases January 2008 U.S. Search Engine Rankings
Michael Cabanatuan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Muni's ‘Connected Bus’ is about to go online
Todd Ritter / Download Squad:
htaccess Editor: create .htaccess files with ease
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Disk encryption: Can you trust it?
Tom Drapeau / The Netscape Blog:
Netscape 9 Users: Time to Flock or Firefox
Umair / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
2008 + The TechCrunch Effect
Discussion: TechCrunch UK, PDA and Furrier.org
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Asustek delays launch of U2E laptop PC
Discussion: Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Palm Foleo: Not such a dumb concept after all?
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
Google Releases Native Search client for S60
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nike's SportBand passes FCC, bypasses Apple
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Adobe is pushing DRM into Flash
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Retailer warns Sony not to abuse its newfound Blu-ray position …
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
The hands-free way to steal a credit card
Discussion: eWeek
Bill Ray / The Register:
Why is Microsoft dancing with Danger?
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Stanford camera chip can see in 3D
 

 
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