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9:55 AM ET, February 25, 2008

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Adobe Blurs Line Between PC and Web  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On sabbatical in 2001 from Macromedia, Kevin Lynch, a software developer, was frustrated that he could not get to his Web data when he was off the Internet and annoyed that he could not get to his PC data when he was traveling.
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Adobe:
Adobe Technology Platform for RIAs Propels Innovation on the Web  —  For immediate release  —  Adobe AIR and Adobe Flex 3 Now Available  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of Adobe® AIR™ and Adobe® Flex® 3 software …
BBC:
Adobe merge on and offline worlds  —  Adobe has launched software designed to make it easier for computer users to use online applications offline.  —  Adobe Air allows developers to build tools that still have some functionality even when a computer is no longer connected to the net.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone, Wii guests on stage at this year's Oscars  —  We keep on telling people that the iPhone and Wii are like totally going to be huge, but maybe they'll finally believe us now that Jon Stewart trotted both out on stage during the Oscars this year.  Oh, and perhaps now would be a good …
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:   Nintendo's Wii makes an Oscar appearance
Daniel Terdiman / Webware.com:
Plants that Twitter when they need to be watered  —  If you thought it was bad enough that all your friends, and even your mother, want you to keep up with them via their Twitter pages, your plants could now do the same.  —  That's because the folks at Botanicalls, a group that formed …
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Phillip Torrone / MAKE Magazine:
HOW TO - Make plants talk! …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
BBC:
YouTube outage blamed on Pakistan  —  Pakistan's attempts to block access to YouTube have been blamed for a near global blackout of the site on Sunday.  —  Google, the owner of YouTube, blamed the outage on “erroneous internet protocols”, sourced in Pakistan
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Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Insecure routing redirects YouTube to Pakistan
Discussion: The Lede and BBC NEWS
Richard Stiennon / Threat Chaos:
Pakistan removed from the Internet
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fox Said To Be Exploring Termination Of Google Advertising Deal  —  Even while parent company News Corp. continues to try to disrupt the Microsoft/Yahoo merger, Fox Interactive Media (FIM) is rumored to be in negotiations with Microsoft take Google's place as the MySpace advertising partner.
Discussion: WebProNews
Wired News:
Free!  Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business  —  At the age of 40, King Gillette was a frustrated inventor, a bitter anticapitalist, and a salesman of cork-lined bottle caps.  It was 1895, and despite ideas, energy, and wealthy parents, he had little to show for his work.  He blamed the evils of market competition.
Electronista:
Sony intros 13.6MP compact cam, 15X hi-zoom  —  Sony today broke from the normal cycle of camera updates by releasing two updates to its Cyber-shot lineup.  The W300 is the first truly compact point-and-shoot to cross the 12-megapixel barrier and produces 13.6 megapixels without extra bulk.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Nokia:
Nokia and University of Cambridge launch the Morph - a nanotechnology concept device  —  New York, US and Espoo, Finland - Morph, a joint nanotechnology concept, developed by Nokia Research Center (NRC) and the University of Cambridge (UK) - was launched today alongside the “Design and the Elastic Mind” …
Discussion: SMS Text News and IntoMobile
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Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
Researchers Envision Mobile Device That Morphs
Discussion: Newspond.com
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Mobile applications, RIP  —  Summary: The business of making native apps for mobile devices is dying, crushed by a fragmented market and restrictive business practices.  The problems are so bad that the mobile web, despite its many technical drawbacks, is now a better way to deliver new functionality to mobiles.
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Getty Images Selling To PE Firm Hellman & Friedman For $2.4 Billion; 39 Percent Premium  —  Stock photo firm Getty Images (NYSE: GYI), which was known to be shopping itself around, has agreed to sell itself to PE Firm Hellman & Friedman for $2.4 billion or $34.00 per share.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Mixx, social news competitor to Digg, raises another $2 million  —  Many startups have tried to take on social news site Digg.  Mixx is one of them, but it has a few additional features that lets users fine-tune what stories they see on the site — and it's made some deals with big newspapers.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Is UGC viable for news sites?  —  Photo by sorenshama on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.  —  User content is at the heart of Web 2.0, which has spawned hundreds of sites that encourage users to share, discuss and contribute their ideas, photos, videos and digital miscellany.
Discussion: Web Strategy
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gartner: Prep those IT cost cutting plans  —  Gartner is telling clients to ready their technology cost cutting plans ahead of an economic slowdown.  —  In October at its Symposium conference, Gartner told clients to prep two IT budgets.  One assuming business will continue as usual and another assuming the worst-or a recession.
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Forget AMD, Intel should buy Nvidia  —  AMD stock is in the tank right now, so proposals have been circulating they might be an acquisition target.  However this combination makes no sense to me, and it took me a while to figure out why.  Intel should be the one buying, and they should be buying Nvidia.
 
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Fugitsu:
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Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
NTT RedTacton Device Turns Your Body Into Swipe Card
Discussion: Portfolio.com
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
FT launches £2k-a-year networking site
Discussion: Mashable!
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware steps up IT automation game
Discussion: eWeek
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Blogger, Sans Pajamas, Rakes Muck and a Prize
Discussion: Social Media
John Resig:
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Phil Elliott / GamesIndustry.biz:
Harrison to leave Sony - join Atari?
One Microsoft Way:
IE8 beta 1 coming to testers soon, to public afterwards
Discussion: Webware.com and Ajaxian
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New York Times Launching Its Mobile-To-PC Content Sharing Service
Dan Fost / New York Times:
On the Internet, Everyone Can Hear You Complain
New York Times:
Studios Try to Save the DVD
Wall Street Journal:
Online Ad Networks Raise Big Money In Latest Efforts
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Goes Mobile—Finally
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Fred Weber's MetaRAM makes its debut in server memory chip set technology
Discussion: Ars Technica and Engadget
Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
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