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12:35 PM 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
BBC:
ISPs could face piracy sanctions  —  Internet service providers must take concrete steps to curb illegal downloads or face legal sanctions.  —  That is one of the proposals expected to be outlined by the government in an attempt to curb internet piracy.  —  Culture secretary Andy Burnham told …
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Reuters:
Britain threatens ISPs with possible piracy legislation
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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.
Nik Fletcher / Download Squad:
UK Facebook users ‘dropped 5% in January’  —  For all the talk of Facebook being the $15-billion dollar social network de jour, it would appear that the heavyweight may be losing its touch, at least in the UK.  The BBC quotes Nielsen Online figures for last month, showing Facebook dropping …
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Reuters:
EU, U.S. vow crackdown on computer counterfeits  —  EU and U.S. senior officials on Friday said they would crack down on the counterfeiting of computer components after they seized more than 360,000 fake items in just two weeks in a joint operation at the end of last year.
Discussion: The Register and Newspond.com
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iTunes 7.6.1, $0.99 Rental Discounts  —  Apple released iTunes 7.6.1 today through the Mac OS X Software Update.  This maintenance release includes several bug fixes and improves compatibility with Apple TV 2.0.  The included description remains the same as the original 7.6 release:
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Firefox crosses 500 million download mark  —  Sometime last night, Firefox downloads crossed the 500 million threshold.  —  It's an arbitrary but interesting milestone for the open-source Web browser, whose development is overseen by Mozilla but that's also developed and extended by a large number of outside programmers.
Discussion: AppScout
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” …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Vista SP1 kills and maims security apps, utilities  —  Check security software before installing  —  Microsoft has admitted that Windows Vista service pack one (SP1) renders useless a number of well-known third party security products.  —  Redmond said in a knowledge base article yesterday that due to …
Lewis Page / The Register:
EU data guardians: search engines must obey our rules  —  European gov data-privacy supremos have collectively said that search engines operating in their jurisdiction are governed by EU personal-data regs even if headquartered elsewhere.  —  The Article 29 Working Group …
Discussion: WebProNews
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Aoife White / Associated Press:
EU: Search Engines Under EU Rules
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Mashable!
Royal Pingdom:
Joost website has a surge of downtime in February  —  Since February 8, the Joost website has had outages almost on a daily basis.  Some short, some up to an hour long.  With a full week left of February, the website has already been unavailable for a total of five hours and ten minutes this month.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
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: Infinite Loop, VoIP Blog and Digg
uscc.com:
New Products & Services  —  U.S. CELLULAR OFFERS $99 UNLIMITED NATIONAL CALLING PLAN TO CUSTOMERS  —  U.S. Cellular announced the addition of a $99 unlimited national calling plan for new and existing customers to offer convenience and service to both consumer and business customers.
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.
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
 
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