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12:40 PM ET, February 25, 2008


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DivX shuts down Stage6 video site...  DivX on Monday said it would shut down Stage6, its web video hosting service.  The decision was made to focus on the company's self-titled video format and encourage its use on other platforms, such as the PS3, Xbox 360, and alternative websites.
Chris Williams / The Register:   DivX shutters also-ran cat piano video site
Joseph Weisenthal /   DivX Shutting Down Stage6 Video Service; To Migrate Content To Alternate Platforms
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
DivX to shut down Stage6 video sharing service
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Microsoft Announces New Reporting Standard for Digital Campaign Performance: Engagement Mapping  —  New approach allows advertisers to map and assign value to various touch points, gaining a more complete picture of a campaign.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced Engagement Mapping …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft unveils new proposed advertising metric and tool  —  Last year, after Microsoft bought aQuantive (and after it lost its first alleged bid for Yahoo), Microsoft officials were hot to explain why Web search results should not be viewed as the only or best way to measure online-advertising success.
Discussion: WinBeta
InfoWorld:   Microsoft to measure ‘engagement’ with online ads
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Nokia demos bendable cell phone
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.
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.
Richard Stiennon / Threat Chaos:
Pakistan removed from the Internet  —  4:30 PM Eastern (US).  —  The telecom company that carries most of Pakistan's traffic, PCCW, has found it necessary to shut Pakistan off from the Internet while they filter out the malicious routes that a Pakistani ISP, PieNet, announced earlier today.
Daniel Terdiman /
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 …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
DIY kit lets houseplants Twitter when they need water
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gearlog and Gadget Lab
Jeff Jarvis / Guardian:
Why short is tweet for the blogging community  —  When I first used the microblogging platform Twitter - which enables users to publish 140-character-long messages via the web and mobile phones - I thought it was silly.  Or rather, the uses to which it was being put were silly …
Discussion: SMS Text News
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 …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple Tuesday: super special MacBook Pro, iPhone SDK... or nothing at all?  —  As you may or may not know, Apple has made some sort of announcement — however minor — every Tuesday since the beginning of 2008.  The internet is currently stacked floor-to-ceiling with guesses of what this last Tuesday in February will bring.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Gearlog
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.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Blogger, Sans Pajamas, Rakes Muck and a Prize  —  Of the many landmarks along a journalist's career, two are among those that stand out: winning an award and making the government back down.  Last week, Joshua Micah Marshall achieved both.  —  On Tuesday, it was announced that he had won …
Jeremy Kirk / IDG News Service:
Microsoft Dumps HD DVD Drive for Xbox 360  —  Still, the company hasn't confirmed support for Blu-ray in its game console, noting growth of downloads.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Microsoft will stop making external HD DVD drives for its Xbox 360 game console, but won't say whether it will offer a Blu-ray Disc drive instead.
Discussion: Electronista and Gearlog
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
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Torvalds gives props to Microsoft for sharing
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Yahoo's Digg clone gets three months to prove its worth
John Leyden / The Register:
Scotland Yard careers website defaced
Discussion: Fergie's Tech Blog
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
WMG remixes digital execs
Discussion: Reuters
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
OOXML vs. ODF: What's happening this week
Discussion: CNET, Reuters and ongoing
Stephen Shankland / CNET
CompactFlash revamp aimed at cameras
Discussion: Engadget
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Kelsey Group Predicts Growth in Interactive, Directional Ads
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
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Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Is UGC viable for news sites?
Discussion: Web Strategy
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Mixx, social news competitor to Digg, raises another $2 million
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