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6:05 PM ET, February 22, 2008

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Fatigue?  Visitors Level Off In the U.S.  —  The number of people who visit Facebook has been leveling off over the past few months in the U.S., and even dipped by about 800,000 individuals in January.  According to the latest stats from comScore, Facebook attracted 33.9 million unique visitors …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Mark Evans
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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 …
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Facebook's traffic may be plateauing.  So what?  —  There's been a lot of buzz this week about Facebook's traffic leveling off or declining, and naturally, it's been accompanied by schadenfreude over the fact that the hottest start-up in Silicon Valley may soon be losing its laurels.
Discussion: WebProNews
Microsoft:
Kevin Johnson E-mail to Employees of the Microsoft Platform & Services Division  —  Text of an e-mail sent by Kevin Johnson, president of the Microsoft Platforms & Services Division to provide employees of the Platforms & Services Division with an update on the Feb. 1 proposal to combine with Yahoo!
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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.
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Scott Guthrie gives us a first look at Silverlight 2  —  Scott Guthrie just posted a first look at Silverlight 2 on his blog and confirmed some of the things we've been expecting, first and foremost that Silverlight 2 beta 1 will be released shortly (possibly even before MIX next month?).
Discussion: Bink.nu
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook Headhunter: The Quest for the Golden Geek!  —  If Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is serious about finding a true No. 2 to replace outgoing exec Owen Van Natta and more, then BoomTown has certainly at least two cents to add.  —  So here is our list of ideas, which include a number of women execs …
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 …
Mat Lu / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iTunes Store adds 99 cent weekly movie rental specials  —  Along with the iTunes update we noted earlier, Apple has introduced a new weekly special movie rental for 99 cents.  Macrumors reports that each Thursday Apple will make available a new movie at the special price, good until the following Monday.
Anthony LaFauce / All Facebook:
Facebook Adds Flash... Am I Excited?  —  With the usual fever that Facebook causes news of its flash application, via Facebook Pages, is all the buzz on the blogs and tech journals the past couple of days.  Most of the blogs are preaching the praise of this move and I have to agree, for the most part.
Discussion: Ryan Stewart and Valleywag
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Shakedowns Similar To Big Retailers Shaking Down Suspected Shoplifters  —  We've talked in the past about how both DirecTV and the RIAA have used a borderline legal version of a shakedown to get people to pay them money, without them having a chance to defend themselves.  The way the process works is simple.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Optimus Maximus: at long last, we bring one home to test  —  It's the damndest thing: years after seeing the renders we're actually finally writing this post on our very own Optimus Maximus.  We've had ours for a few weeks for testing, but we weren't able to do a whole lot with it until we got some later firmware updates.
Anthony James / Yanko Design:
Window To The World  —  Some technology concepts just make sense the second you see them.  This concept tablet ultra-connected device by Tokyo resident Mac Funamizu, has me wishing for tomorrow today.  Though he has not named it as of yet, I will drink the potion and call it “The Looking Glass.”
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 …
 
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Joel Johnson / Boing Boing Gadgets:
Popcorn Hour NMT A-100: A Hilariously Capable Network Media Streamer
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Telecom industry poised for strong growth
Discussion: DSLreports
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Barney Alliances and the Downfall of HD DVD
Discussion: Electronista
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Leica removes leader of camera business
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Microsoft Agrees To Open Protocols For Interoperability
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
iPlayer Brings Net Neutrality Debate to Europe
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Hits Lowest Level Since June; New iPhone Worries
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Lenovo ThinkPad X300 First Thoughts Review
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Buying Movies on Flash Drives: Nice Idea That Doesn't Work
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
SEO Shenanigans Pose a Clear and Present Danger to Social Media
Discussion: Web Strategy
Tamar Weinberg / techipedia:
Is Social Media the Final Frontier of Marketing?
Alma Whitten / Google Public Policy Blog:
Are IP addresses personal?
Discussion: Ars Technica
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Very Exposed to US Recession—Expert
Discussion: Valleywag
Matt Sullivan / Popular Mechanics:
Air-Powered Car Coming to U.S. in 2009 to 2010 at Sub-$18,000 …
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