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2:30 PM ET, February 27, 2008


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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.
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.
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! Loses Mobile Giant Opera to Google; Did Google Just Buy a Mobile Browser?
Discussion: Profy.Com
Tom Krazit / CNET
Apple planning iPhone SDK event March 6  —  Apple distributed invitations Wednesday morning for “an iPhone software road map” event next week, which means we're finally going to hear details on the plans for an iPhone software development kit.  —  As you might be aware, next week is March …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zoho Writer Gets An Update—More Than One Million Documents Served  —  Web-based word processors keep closing the gap with Microsoft Office.  Since its launch, Zoho now has 650,000 users, a 30 percent increase from just last November, the company tells us.  It is doing 2 million user sessions per month.
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Writer Update: DocX Support, Thesaurus, Group Sharing & More
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and Mashable!
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Zoho Writer Adds New Features
Discussion: Compiler
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 ( — AOL CEO Randy Falco thinks a potential merger between Microsoft and Yahoo to compete with Google is all about search — and a mistake.
Stowe Boyd / /Message:
Esther Dyson on The Coming Ad Revolution  —  Reston: Esther is going to invest in Dopplr, because sociality changes the way that advertising works: … I wrote years ago that in the future, all e-commerce would be socialized.  Lools like we are about to pass over that horizon.
Discussion: Dopplr Blog
Peter Harbison / orkut Developer Blog:
Launch plan update  —  We've made a couple of modifications to the launch plan detailed in this post.  We've decided to have a pre-launch testing period in which we'll push just a few apps to production — this will likely happen next week.  We are notifying the apps that will be in the directory …
Discussion: The Social Times
Caroline McCarthy / CNET   Google: OpenSocial on Orkut is coming, we promise, pinky-swear
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
Tom Simonite / New Scientist:
‘Silicon womb’ to begin fertility trials  —  Trials of a “silicon womb” that holds test-tube embryos inside the womb to expose them to more natural conditions will shortly begin in the UK.  Researchers say the new device may produce better quality embryos and reduce the need to harvest so many eggs from infertile women.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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 …
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 …
Rafat Ali /
BREAKING: CEO Scott Meyer To Leave  —  Scott Meyer, the CEO of, part of New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), is leaving by next week, our sources say, and has been confirmed by the company.  His last day will be Thursday next week.  No replacement is being named now.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Nortel Posts Loss and Plans More Job Cuts  —  OTTAWA — Nortel Networks, the telecommunications company long plagued by bookkeeping troubles, reported a $957 million loss for 2007, largely because of a huge accounting adjustment.  The company also said it would cut 2,100 jobs and move 1,000 others, mostly to China and Turkey.
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: Computerworld, eWeek and Finjan
Microsoft Enters Virtualization with Windows Server  —  Windows accounts for about two-thirds of shipments of computer-server operating systems, but Microsoft is considered a laggard in virtualization.  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp released the latest version of its Windows operating system …
Discussion: CNET and Inquirer
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Make3D: Turn a 2D Picture Into a 3D Model
Paul Miller / The Semantic Web:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Semantic Web is open for business
Intel Roadmaps Outline Centrino 2 Platform This June
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TMZ Moves Celeb Gossip Into MySpaceTV
Discussion: Mashable!
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Ad Agencies Are Starting to Bet for the House
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF, ACLU Move to Intervene in Wikileaks Case
Scott McMullan / Official Google Enterprise Blog:
Announcing the Open Source Google Apps Provisioning Toolkit
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
A Second Shot: Windows Vista SP1
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Facebook's new face: What does it need to accomplish?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Compiler
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Working to Deploy iPhones at Universities
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone Haptic Keyboard Prototype debuts
How-To Wiki / Wired News:
Speed Up Windows Vista
Henry Work / TechCrunch:
Yelp Raises $15 Million Fourth Round, Rumored Valuation $200 Million