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3:15 AM ET, February 28, 2008

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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Jotspot Returns As Google Sites: Wiki-Style Collaboration  —  Ever since Google bought the wiki-based online application startup Jotspot in late 2006, people have been wondering if it had disappeared forever inside the bowels of the search giant.  Tonight, Google's launching Google Sites …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It Took 16 Months, But Google Relaunches Jotspot  —  Google acquired hosted wiki service Jotspot in October 2006.  The service immediately stopped taking new users, although existing users were supported.  Now, nearly sixteen months later, Jotspot has been relaunched under the Google Apps team, as Google Sites.
Discussion: Download Squad
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Jotspot Rebrands as Google Sites; Goes Directly After pbWiki …
Discussion: rexblog.com
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   JotSpot reborn: Google launches Google Sites for businesses …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What made me cry: Microsoft's World Wide Telescope  —  Lots of people are asking me questions about what made me cry at Microsoft a few weeks ago.  —  If I told you “a telescope” you'd make fun of me, right?  Tell me I'm lame and that I don't deserve to be a geek and that I should run away and join the circus, right?
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Chris / LiveSide:
Microsoft launches WorldWide Telescope into private alpha
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
WorldWide Telescope peers into Big Dipper
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Docs Redesign  —  Parts of Google Docs (Google's office suite including web-based text editor, spreadsheets and presentations) just received a slight interface revamp.  As I'm seeing this on two different computers with two different log-ins, it's probably not just a limited test …
Discussion: InsideGoogle, TechCrunch and Googlified
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple exec: iPhone “not married” to single-carrier model  —  Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Investment Symposium, Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook stated that the iPhone isn't beholden to the one-carrier strategy used so far, even if it makes the most sense from a business standpoint.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple COO Cook Confirms Forecast For 10 Million iPhone Sales In 2008; Stock Jumps After Hours (Updated)  —  Apple (AAPL) shares are making a nice move after hours, apparently in response to a talk COO Tim Cook gave a little while ago at the Goldman Sachs tech conference in Las Vegas.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Tim Berners-Lee Says the Time for the Semantic Web is Now  —  In an hour long interview posted today about the Semantic Web, W3C Director Tim Berners-Lee says all the pieces are in place to move full steam ahead and realize the potential of a world of structured, machine readable data.
Discussion: Nodalities
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
The Semantic Web's biggest problem
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Paul Miller / The Semantic Web:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Semantic Web is open for business
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
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 …
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Peter Burrows / Byte of the Apple:
Apple versus RIM: Now it's Game On
Discussion: CNET News.com and Mark Evans
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple: Event on March 6 about iPhone SDK, enterprise
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Picnik offers premium image editing features for free  —  Online image editor Picnik has always offered two tiers of service.  Free users could access most of the popular image editing tools, while paid subscribers got a few extra bells and whistles and access to early beta features.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Picnik Now Offers Premium Features For Free
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
We're Sorting Through Some Crazy Google/Yahoo Rumors  —  Google is continuing to try to disrupt Microsoft's bid for Yahoo, and, we've heard, may even be considering a bid to acquire a significant chunk of Yahoo's stock (keep reading though, we're calling this a long shot at best).
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Bill Gates Joins LinkedIn  —  Bill Gates hasn't given up on social networking altogether: The Microsoft chairman just joined LinkedIn, a networking Web site for professionals.  —  LinkedIn contacted Gates after reading on the Business Technology Blog that he had quit using Facebook, Kay Lou …
Discussion: Bits
Danger Room / Wired:
Air Force Blocks Access to Many Blogs  —  The Air Force is tightening restrictions on which blogs its troops can read, cutting off access to just about any independent site with the word “blog” in its web address.  It's the latest move in a larger struggle within the military over the value — and hazards — of the sites.
Robert Seidman / TVbytheNumbers:
Nielsen Ratings for Tue, Feb 26: Idol Dominates, Jericho crushes Quarterlife! … FOX easily won the night in both total viewers and with 18-49 viewers.  An hour and a half of American Idol would have been enough by itself, but it was rounded out with a series-high 12.33 million viewers for Back to You.
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Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Quarterlife Ratings Disappoint
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TVbytheNumbers
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Full text: Microsoft execs on Vista problems  —  A federal judge today unsealed internal Microsoft e-mails that have been used to support the plaintiffs' case in the lawsuit over the “Windows Vista Capable” program.  Snippets were previously read aloud in court, but the full messages go further …
Discussion: The Open Road
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Wikileaks gets legal help after domain name deletion  —  Wikileaks.org, a Web site that specializes in posting leaked documents often provided by whistleblowers, had its domain name yanked by a federal judge in California earlier this month.  —  Now Wikileaks is receiving some independent legal support …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! Loses Mobile Giant Opera to Google; Did Google Just Buy a Mobile Browser?  —  Starting on the first of next month, the widely popular mobile browser Opera will switch from offering Yahoo! to using Google as its default search engine.  While Yahoo! has its own relatively sophisticated mobile offerings …
AppleInsider:
Time Capsule to ship; new wireless bill; MacBook Pro benchmarks  —  Apple appears poised to make good on a promise to ship it's new Time Capsule backup appliance by month's end.  Meanwhile, a new draft wireless bill threatens to disrupt the bond between Apple and its exclusive iPhone carriers.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Kijiji Talks Smack About Craigslist: “We Will Be No. 1 In the U.S.”  —  Why can't brothers and sisters just get along?  As I noted earlier this month, eBay's free classifieds site Kijiji is coming on strong since its launch in the U.S. last summer.  Of course, eBay owns 25 percent of Craigslist …
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