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11:25 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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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.
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 …
Discussion: AppScout
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 …
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” …
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 …
Discussion: DSLreports and Slashdot
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:
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Apple patent seeks to marry TiVo, podcasts, and iTunes Store
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple looks towards personalized on-demand podcasts
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!
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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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
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.
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 …
Discussion: DSLreports and Guardian
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
John Leyden / The Register:
HMRC data debacle used to bait phishing lure  —  Poetic justice restricts success of feeble ruse  —  A phishing attack targeting victims of the HMRC data loss debacle has been spotted on the net.  The bogus emails offering recipient the false opportunity to claim a tax refund of £215 …
Tech-On! : tech news:
[MacBook Air Teardown] ‘No Waste Outside, Nothing but Waste Inside’ [Part 5]  —  “Can we say that the MacBook Air has a perfect, sophisticated external appearance, but its insides are full of waste?” asked Mayuko Uno, a squad member, as if speaking for the engineers that had finished the teardown process.
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Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Question of the Day: Lenovo X300 or the MacBook Air?
Ryan Kairer / PalmInfocenter.com:
Buy a Palm TX, Get a Free Z22 Handheld  —  Palm's online store is running an interesting new promotion.  From now until the end of February, anyone who purchases a new Palm TX gets a free Palm Z22 handheld (a $99 value).  The Palm.com store is also offering free ground shipping on all orders as well.
 
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
MTV bets on a ‘Jackass’ move to the Web
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
EU wants RFID tags turned off
Discussion: Ars Technica
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Random House Audio abandons audiobook DRM
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Mole report: Xbox 360 HD DVD drive for $49.99
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Every Nonprofit Tries to Give People Information, Which is Power
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J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Black Hat Conference: Security Researchers Claim To Hack GSM Calls
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Is Google's Enterprise Software Too Cheap?
Discussion: Techdirt and deal architect
Josh Bernoff / Groundswell:
Rethinking Net video: The Frenzy of Diggnation Fans
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
‘Optimus Maximus’ keyboard finally shipping
Discussion: Gadget Lab, I4U News and Gadgetell
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Google News 2.0 ... Leveling The Field For New Media “Orphans”?
InfoWorld:
Experts hammer Web 2.0 security
Discussion: Mashable!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Red Hat Sends C&D to DataPortability.org...Over Its Logo
Darren Waters / BBC:
Virtuality and reality ‘to merge’
Discussion: broadstuff, PDA and Joe Duck
 

 
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