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4:30 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 …
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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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Are U.K. Users Burning Out on Social Networking?
Discussion: Virtual Economics and LEWIS 360°
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 …
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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft glitch offers up Vista SP1 early
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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 …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
The Browser Choices We Make  —  TechCrunch noted yesterday that Mozilla was about to celebrate its 500 millionth download of Firefox, the open source browser that has made inroads into Microsoft's dominant market share.  By this morning, the official Spread Firefox site was claiming …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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.”
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite Desk Reminds You That Someone Has it Worse  —  Hate doing your taxes?  Balancing your checkbook?  Grinding for loot in World of Warcraft?  Just take a look at Han's face to know that someone has it even worse than you.  As painful as it is to look through …
Discussion: Tech Blog
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.
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.
InfoWorld:
Hackers turn Google into vulnerability scanner  —  San Francisco - The hacking group Cult of the Dead Cow (CDC) this week released a tool that turns Google into an automated vulnerability scanner, scouring Web sites for sensitive information such as passwords or server vulnerabilities.
 
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
WiMAX routers for Sprint service begin shipping
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
LTE: Dreaming of Wireless Broadband
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Lenovo ThinkPad X300 First Thoughts Review
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Buying Movies on Flash Cards: Nice Idea That Doesn't Work
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SEO Shenanigans Pose a Clear and Present Danger to Social Media
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Alma Whitten / Google Public Policy Blog:
Are IP addresses personal?
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Matt Sullivan / Popular Mechanics:
Air-Powered Car Coming to U.S. in 2009 to 2010 at Sub-$18,000 …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple, Starbucks sued over custom music gift cards
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Magazines Up for Sale, Including Variety
Jean Eaglesham / Financial Times:
Whitehall gives ISPs piracy deadline
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Star Trek, Twilight Zone, other classics beamed onto 'Net
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SXSW 2008 on BitTorrent: 3.5 GB of Free Music
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