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5:30 PM ET, February 22, 2008

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Fatigue?  Visitors Level Off In the U.S.  —  The number of people who visit Facebook has been leveling off over the past few months in the U.S., and even dipped by about 800,000 individuals in January.  According to the latest stats from comScore, Facebook attracted 33.9 million unique visitors …
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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Facebook - back to the kids?  —  Facebook - it's so over.  That's been the tenor of most of the commentary since Thursday's figures showing a slight dip in Facebook's UK users.  The general feeling is that the kids, with their minute attention spans, have already tired of the social networking site …
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Facebook's traffic may be plateauing.  So what?  —  There's been a lot of buzz this week about Facebook's traffic leveling off or declining, and naturally, it's been accompanied by schadenfreude over the fact that the hottest start-up in Silicon Valley may soon be losing its laurels.
Microsoft:
Kevin Johnson E-mail to Employees of the Microsoft Platform & Services Division  —  Text of an e-mail sent by Kevin Johnson, president of the Microsoft Platforms & Services Division to provide employees of the Platforms & Services Division with an update on the Feb. 1 proposal to combine with Yahoo!
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Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
First Look at Silverlight 2  —  Last September we shipped Silverlight 1.0 for Mac and Windows, and announced our plans to deliver Silverlight on Linux.  Silverlight 1.0 is focused on enabling rich media scenarios in a browser, and supports a JavaScript/AJAX programming model.
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Scott Guthrie gives us a first look at Silverlight 2  —  Scott Guthrie just posted a first look at Silverlight 2 on his blog and confirmed some of the things we've been expecting, first and foremost that Silverlight 2 beta 1 will be released shortly (possibly even before MIX next month?).
Discussion: Bink.nu
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook Headhunter: The Quest for the Golden Geek!  —  If Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is serious about finding a true No. 2 to replace outgoing exec Owen Van Natta and more, then BoomTown has certainly at least two cents to add.  —  So here is our list of ideas, which include a number of women execs …
Mat Lu / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iTunes Store adds 99 cent weekly movie rental specials  —  Along with the iTunes update we noted earlier, Apple has introduced a new weekly special movie rental for 99 cents.  Macrumors reports that each Thursday Apple will make available a new movie at the special price, good until the following Monday.
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Aayush Arya / MacUser:
Weekend Movie Picks debut at 99 cents each
Andrew / NotebookReview.com:
Lenovo ThinkPad X300 First Thoughts Review  —  The Lenovo ThinkPad X300 is the latest addition to the ThinkPad family and has recently been garnering a lot of attention.  The ThinkPad X300 is a 13.3" screen ultra thin-and-light notebook designed for the traveling business type of person — the executive road warrior if you will.
Discussion: Engadget
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Lenovo X300 Benchmarked Versus MacBook Air
Nick Miller / The Age:
$10 chip puts Australia on the fast track  —  A new silicon chip developed in Melbourne is predicted to revolutionise the way household gadgets like televisions, phones and DVD players talk to each other.  —  The tiny five-millimetre-a-side chip can transmit data through a wireless connection …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Researchers Find Way to Steal Encrypted Data  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A group led by a Princeton University computer security researcher has developed a simple method to steal encrypted information stored on computer hard disks.  —  The technique, which could undermine security software protecting critical data …
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Google Apps is a Serious Threat to Microsoft Office  —  This is the perspective of a “skeptical, later early adopter”; the sort of person who Microsoft needs to retain and should have been able to retain easily.  I don't spend time on productivity tools that may at some date make me more productive …
Anthony James / Yanko Design:
Window To The World  —  Some technology concepts just make sense the second you see them.  This concept tablet ultra-connected device by Tokyo resident Mac Funamizu, has me wishing for tomorrow today.  Though he has not named it as of yet, I will drink the potion and call it “The Looking Glass.”
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
iPlayer Brings Net Neutrality Debate to Europe  —  The debate about online video and Net Neutrality has thus far been dominated by the U.S., but now it seems to have finally caught on in the UK as well.  Rapidly increasing usage of the BBC's iPlayer has ISPs complaining as at least one company …
Discussion: The Register and BBC Internet Blog
InfoWorld:
Hackers turn Google into vulnerability scanner  —  San Francisco - The hacking group Cult of the Dead Cow (CDC) this week released a tool that turns Google into an automated vulnerability scanner, scouring Web sites for sensitive information such as passwords or server vulnerabilities.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Optimus Maximus: at long last, we bring one home to test  —  It's the damndest thing: years after seeing the renders we're actually finally writing this post on our very own Optimus Maximus.  We've had ours for a few weeks for testing, but we weren't able to do a whole lot with it until we got some later firmware updates.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
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Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
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Anthony LaFauce / All Facebook:
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
DoubleTwist Beta Debuts, Makes Facebook P2P
Miguel Helft / Bits:
The Browser Choices We Make  —  TechCrunch noted yesterday …
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Google Very Exposed to US Recession—Expert
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Matt Sullivan / Popular Mechanics:
Air-Powered Car Coming to U.S. in 2009 to 2010 at Sub-$18,000 …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple, Starbucks sued over custom music gift cards
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Magazines Up for Sale, Including Variety
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