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8:30 AM ET, February 22, 2008

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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” …
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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Chuck Hollis / Chuck's Blog:
EMC To Acquire Pi Corporation
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:   EMC to buy cloud computing start-up Pi
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
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Red Hat:
Red Hat Statement on Microsoft Announcement
Discussion: eWeek and The Open Road
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Logo War: Red Hat Takes On DataPortability
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
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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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 …
Mike / CrunchNotes:
TechCrunch, Peaking, Etc.  —  A lot of people write a lot of stuff that's pretty negative about TechCrunch.  Since I don't actually do an ego monitor, we miss most of it.  But every once in a while something bubbles up and I see it.  Usually I don't respond because it just encourages more of the same.
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
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
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: Digg
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
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!
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Microsoft Pledges Fail to Move the EU  —  The software giant's new claims of interoperability haven't impressed the European lawmakers who ultimately will also weigh in on a possible Yahoo takeover  —  European regulators issued a swift verdict on Microsoft's latest attempt to show it plays well with others: We've heard it all before.
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
More on campus attitudes  —  Jonathan Lamy, a spokesman for the RIAA, responded to my previous post with a chart showing a sharp decline in the number of infringement notices sent to college campuses that had been piracy hotbeds in 2006-07.  Contrary to the highly unscientific sample I cited …
Discussion: RSS
Jan Ravensbergen / National Post:
Quebec police bust alleged hacker ring  —  17 raids nabbed suspects in a dozen towns across Quebec  —  MONTREAL — Quebec provincial police said Wednesday they have dismantled what they called the largest and most damaging computer-hacking network ever uncovered in Canada.
Discussion: Business Technology and GigaOM
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
‘Optimus Maximus’ keyboard finally shipping  —  We're almost reluctant to post this because it's been promised (and not delivered) for so long.  But, with our luck, the Optimus Maximus OLED keyboard will come out on schedule, and we'll be lambasted for not having passed along the news.
Discussion: I4U News and Electronista
 
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
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Virtuality and reality ‘to merge’
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BBC:
Facebook ‘sees decline in users’
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Edward Mendelson / PC Magazine:
Apple OS X 10.5.2 (Leopard)
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Trendy People Need This Phone
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The Chumby Is Open, but Not for Business
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