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1:15 PM ET, February 27, 2008

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BBC:
EU fines Microsoft record $1.4bn  —  The European Commission has fined US computer giant Microsoft for defying sanctions imposed on it for anti-competitive behaviour.  —  Microsoft must now pay a record 899 million euros ($1.4bn; £680.9m) after it failed to comply with a 2004 ruling that it abused its position.
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InfoWorld:
Update: EU fines Microsoft another $1.3 billion for antitrust abuse  —  The European Commission fined Microsoft a massive €899 million ($1.3 billion) for continued failure to honor the 2004 antitrust ruling against it, Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes said Wednesday.
Aoife White / Associated Press:
EU Fines Microsoft Record $1.3B
Discussion: Salon
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
EU To Microsoft: Not Open Enough. Imposes $1.4 Billion Fine
Discussion: Bloomberg
How-To Wiki / Wired News:
Speed Up Windows Vista  —  The flash and polish of Windows Vista seduced you, but so far the glamorous interface is just sucking the life out of your PC.  Fear not, this guide has everything you need to turn Vista into the beautiful *and* speedy OS you were dreaming of.
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Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
A Second Shot: Windows Vista SP1
eWeek:
Microsoft Enters Virtualization with Windows Server
Discussion: CNET News.com
Microsoft Help and Support:
Description of the update for Windows Vista
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Fred / A VC:
Thinking About GOOG This Morning  —  On Monday, I bought some more GOOG (and some more AAPL).  I explained my rationale for both trades in this twitter post.  I went into even more detail on the Google purchase in this covestor post.  —  I was busy yesterday and not paying attention to techmeme …
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
AOL CEO Randy Falco: Microsoft-Yahoo a Mistake  —  Happy to Let Them Fight Google on Search and Leave Display Ads to Him  —  PHOENIX (AdAge.com) — AOL CEO Randy Falco thinks a potential merger between Microsoft and Yahoo to compete with Google is all about search — and a mistake.
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Distributed Mass Customization: Is Etsy the Next eBay?  —  A lot of people scratched their heads when Etsy raised $27 million.  What on earth?  Handmade goods, that's about as low tech as you can get!  —  Then Umair Haque, a well respected blogger and strategist - albeit one who is known for being a bit …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Facebook's new face: What does it need to accomplish?  —  Facebook has previewed a new profile page that cleans up a good amount of clutter on the page by creating tabs for users to put their wall items, personal information and photos.  —  These improvements are a no brainer.
Discussion: Compiler and Thinking Out Loud
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Opera:
Opera brings Google search to your pocket  —  Google is now the default search option in Opera's industry-leading mobile browsers  —  Opera today made Google™ the default search engine in Opera's mobile Web browsers.  Now anyone using Opera Mobile or Opera Mini can access Google's …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Says MacBook and MacBook Pro Battery Life Has Improved Slightly  —  UPDATE: We've been trying to understand the new Apple Macbook Pro battery life ratings compared to the old models.  It's been hard to quantify generational differences because Apple is now testing using …
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Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Report: Hackers swipe FTP server credentials using SaaS  —  Finjan said it has uncovered a database with more than 8,700 FTP account credentials-user name, password and server address-that allow hackers to compromise security and deliver malware as a service.
Discussion: eWeek, Computerworld and Finjan
ec.europa.eu:
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Discussion: IDG News Service
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Now Yahoo Mail is having problems  —  Well, when it rains it pours.  After a day of writing about Windows Live mail problems, I was alerted by a colleague that Yahoo mail was out for them.  —  I tabbed over to my Yahoo Mail window and noticed that my window, which had been working all day, was now returning an error message.
Discussion: Web Worker Daily
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone Haptic Keyboard Prototype debuts  —  For quite some time, people have been asking for a haptic keyboard on the iPhone — a way to produce tactile feedback when a user taps or hovers over a key.  If you've used the Wii, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.
Discussion: Infinite Loop, Gizmodo and PalmAddicts
Grant Crowell / Search Engine Land:
In-Depth With EveryZing Chief Revenue Officer Stephen Baker  —  EveryZing, the search solutions provider well-known for offering speech-recognizable, time-coded, linkable transcripts for video and audio content in their multimedia search engine, today announced the official launch of its commercial program to larger media publishers.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Alt Search Engines
TrustedReviews Mobile Phones Feed:
Panasonic Creates 3.5in LCD Viera TV Phone  —  As part of the revamp which saw Matsushita rebrand under its more familiar name Panasonic last week, the monolith organisation has released its first Viera-tagged TV focused mobile phone.  —  Dubbed the ‘P905iTV’, the handset certainly makes …
 
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TMZ Moves Celeb Gossip Into MySpaceTV
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Ad Agencies Are Starting to Bet For the House
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF, ACLU Move to Intervene in Wikileaks Case
Stowe Boyd / /Message:
Esther Dyson on The Coming Ad Revolution
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Saar Drimer / Light Blue Touchpaper:
Chip & PIN terminals vulnerable to simple attacks
Discussion: The Register and BBC
Scott McMullan / Official Google Enterprise Blog:
Announcing the Open Source Google Apps Provisioning Toolkit
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Yahoo Reveals (Some) Details About Its Ad Plans
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Senate Looks To Outlaw Phishing, Even Though It's Already Illegal
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VMware's security strategy: Cut hackers off at the hypervisor
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Apple Working to Deploy iPhones at Universities
Michael Calore / Compiler:
Adobe's Kevin Lynch on AIR's Open-Source Road to the Desktop
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Facebook film ad pulled over violence
Darren Waters / BBC:
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