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9:25 AM ET, February 22, 2008

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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Maritz joins EMC, to battle Microsoft in the cloud  —  Microsoft's cloud computing efforts have a formidable and familiar new competitor.  —  Paul Maritz, the former Microsoft platform boss, is becoming president of EMC's cloud computing initiative, which competes directly with Microsoft.
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
EMC to buy cloud computing start-up Pi
Discussion: Newspond.com
Chuck Hollis / Chuck's Blog:
EMC To Acquire Pi Corporation
Associated Press:
Google's Brin spooked by Microsoft's Yahoo bid  —  Speaking after a Google press event, Sergey Brin calls the possibility of a Yahoo takeover ‘unnerving.’  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin called Microsoft Corp.'s takeover bid for Yahoo Inc. an “unnerving” …
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 …
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BBC:
Facebook ‘sees decline in users’  —  Social networking site Facebook has seen its first drop in UK users in January, new industry data indicates.  —  Users fell 5% to 8.5 million in January from 8.9 million in December, according to data from Nielsen Online.
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 …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
John Markoff / New York Times:
A Method for Critical Data Theft  —  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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Red Hat Sends C&D to DataPortability.org...Over Its Logo  —  Open source giant Red Hat sent a Cease and Desist letter to the DataPortability.org group today, the group says, demanding the removal of the DP logo from the group's website.  —  Red Hat alleges that the infinity sign …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and TechCrunch
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Red Hat:
Red Hat Statement on Microsoft Announcement
Discussion: eWeek and The Open Road
Port 25:
See Change  —  I have always been a fan of Tim O'Reilly's phrase the “architecture of participation” to describe “systems designed for user contribution.”  I liked it so much that at last year's OSCON I made this concept the focal point of a discussion about how Microsoft's products, programs …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft Fishes in Silicon Valley For New Yahoo Board Members  —  According to a source with knowledge of the situation, as part of the preparation for a possible proxy fight it is preparing to wage against Yahoo, Microsoft has been angling in Silicon Valley for prominent techies to serve on a board it must nominate.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
TUAW Responds: iPhone LoJack  —  Way back, one of our readers begged for an iPhone LoJack solution.  He wanted his iPhone to “call home” regularly in case of loss or, let's be more realistic, theft.  Over the past week, I finally had a chance to give this request some time, and I put together findme.
Discussion: VoIP Blog and Digg
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Is Google's Enterprise Software Too Cheap?  —  When Google purchased Postini last year for $625 million, it was making a big commitment to the enterprise software business.  But not surprisingly, Google isn't committing itself to business as usual.  And it is causing a little heat among Postini's existing partners.
Discussion: Techdirt and deal architect
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Apple patent seeks to marry TiVo, podcasts, and iTunes Store  —  A new patent filed by Apple is raising speculation over what may be in store for the future of podcasting.  Podcasting began maturing quickly on its own a few years ago, but Apple's embracing of the grassroots movement by giving …
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple looks towards personalized on-demand podcasts
InfoWorld:
Experts hammer Web 2.0 security  —  Even as social networking darling Facebook prepares a version of its online networking application aimed specifically at enterprise users, legions of security experts are getting behind the idea that the sites represent a serious threat to businesses and other organizations.
Discussion: Mashable!
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Black Hat Conference: Security Researchers Claim To Hack GSM Calls  —  The creators of the in-development technology say they'll be able to crack GSM encryption with only about $1,000 worth of equipment.  —  Security researchers presenting Wednesday at the Black Hat D.C. conference in Washington …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Google News 2.0 ... Leveling The Field For New Media “Orphans”?  —  Not that Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia is anything *remotely* like a New Media Orphan (in fact, one could say he is a new media ‘godfather’, in some respects), but interesting rejoinder *by* Mr. Sanger on Google News …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
 
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Ryan Kairer / PalmInfocenter.com:
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Jan Ravensbergen / National Post:
Quebec police bust alleged hacker ring
Discussion: Business Technology and GigaOM
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Microsoft Pledges Fail to Move the EU
Josh Bernoff / Groundswell:
Rethinking Net video: The Frenzy of Diggnation Fans
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
‘Optimus Maximus’ keyboard finally shipping
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
More on campus attitudes  —  Jonathan Lamy, a spokesman for the RIAA …
Discussion: RSS
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Question of the Day: Lenovo X300 or the MacBook Air?
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Seamlessly Run Linux Apps on Your Windows Desktop
Discussion: Download Squad and Digg
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Virtuality and reality ‘to merge’
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Valentine to log laughs at new site
Discussion: Mashable! and paidContent.org
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A Truly Great Idea: 99 Cent Rotating Movie Rentals on iTunes
Knowledge@Wharton:
Steve Wozniak on Apple, Steve Jobs and the Value of a Good Prank
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The Chumby Is Open, but Not for Business
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