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12:25 PM ET, February 27, 2008


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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.
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.
John Oates / The Register:
EC jacks up Microsoft fine by €899m
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.
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
A Second Shot: Windows Vista SP1
Microsoft Help and Support:
Description of the update for Windows Vista
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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: VentureBeat
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 ( — AOL CEO Randy Falco thinks a potential merger between Microsoft and Yahoo to compete with Google is all about search — and a mistake.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Things That
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 …
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Discussion: IDG News Service
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
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Senate Looks To Outlaw Phishing, Even Though It's Already Illegal  —  As the saying goes, when your only tool is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.  The folks in Congress sure do an awful lot of whacking at various nails these days.  The latest is a new bill in the Senate that seeks to outlaw phishing.
Discussion: CNET
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
Henry Work / TechCrunch:
Yelp Raises $15 Million Fourth Round, Rumored Valuation $200 Million  —  Yelp, the popular local review site, will soon announce a new $15 million dollar round of financing led by DAG Ventures.  The valuation is rumored to be in the $200 million range.  Yelp says that they will be using …
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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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Ina Fried / CNET
Now Yahoo Mail is having problems
Discussion: Web Worker Daily
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
VMware's security strategy: Cut hackers off at the hypervisor
Joshua Greenbaum / Enterprise Anti-matter:
SAP Takes A Swing at Oracle
Josh Daniel / Official Google Blog:
Searching right to left
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Eurekster Debuts Improved Swicki Results Pages
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Working to Deploy iPhones at Universities
Al De Leon / PlayStation.Blog:
Destination PlayStation News: MGS PS3 Bundle, Kratos PSP and DualShock3 Release Date
Michael Calore / Compiler:
Adobe's Kevin Lynch on AIR's Open-Source Road to the Desktop
Discussion: The Open Road and JD on EP
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Facebook film ad pulled over violence
Discussion: All Facebook and LEWIS 360°
Darren Waters / BBC:
Morphing Nokia  —  Technology editor, BBC News website, in San Francisco
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Toshiba's 815T PB on Softbank threatens humanity
Leslie Katz / Crave: The gadget blog:
Spy gadget recovers deleted text messages
Electron filmed in motion for the first time
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Highflier Loses Altitude as Google's Clicks Go Flat
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Life Encyclopedia: Too Popular to Live
Discussion: Slashdot and Wikinomics