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9:55 AM ET, February 22, 2008

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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 …
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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.
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
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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” …
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
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
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 …
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
Associated Press:
LG stops sales of laptop over battery  —  SEOUL, South Korea - LG Electronics Inc. halted sales of one of its laptop computer models after a report of a battery meltdown, the company said Friday.  —  LG affiliate LG Chem Ltd., the manufacturer of the battery, was investigating what happened …
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
Sean Ryan / SharkJumping:
Macrovision Sellling TryMedia Games Group  —  Continuing its dismal track record in M&A and new business initiatives (remember DRM'ed music CDs?), Macrovision (NASDAQ: MVSN) today announced that they're selling their TryMedia casual games group so that they can focus on their pending purchase of Gemstar …
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
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
Aoife White / Associated Press:
EU: Search Engines Under EU Rules  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — European data privacy regulators said Thursday that Internet search engines based outside Europe must also comply with EU rules on how a person's Internet address or search history is stored.  —  EU rules that someone must consent …
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!
 
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Benjamin Melançon / MediaShift Idea Lab:
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Jan Ravensbergen / National Post:
Quebec police bust alleged hacker ring
Discussion: Business Technology and GigaOM
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
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Discussion: Gadget Lab, I4U News and Gadgetell
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Google News 2.0 ... Leveling The Field For New Media “Orphans”?
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
More on campus attitudes  —  Jonathan Lamy, a spokesman for the RIAA …
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