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2:55 AM ET, February 29, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GrandCentral Homeless Stunt Worked So Well It's Time For An Encore  —  Most companies target early adopters with their new products, hoping those users will tell all of their friends all about it.  But not GrandCentral, the company Google acquired for $50 million in July 2007.
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Sites the Next Sharepoint?  Maybe Not....Why Google Apps Could Lose the Enterprise Market  —  Lately, we've been discussing the concept of tech populism and the how enterprises are moving towards a more people-centric focus when it comes to their IT infrastructure.
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Vladimir Vukievi:
Finding the OS X Turbo Button  —  Some of you may have noticed that the Firefox 3 nightly builds have felt a lot snappier since a few weeks ago.  There's an interesting story in that, one that I finally have time to write up.  We've had a number of bugs on the Mac where people were complaining …
Discussion: Asa Dotzler and Insanely Great Mac
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
“Vista Capable” logo - what went wrong?  —  Now that a federal judge has unsealed nearly 160 pages of internal Microsoft emails which have been used to support the plaintiffs' lawsuit relating to the “Windows Vista Capable” program we can start to get a clearer picture of how the logo program went wrong.
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Heidi Moore / WSJ.com:
Sprint Nextel: Officially a ‘Deal From Hell’  —  Sprint and Nextel have now written down nearly $30 billion related to their 2005 merger, which is pretty much the entire stock value of Nextel before the deal was announced.  No need to tarry: Sprint Nextel is by any definition a ‘Deal From Hell.’
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Sprint:
Sprint Launches Revolutionary $99.99 “Simply Everything(SM)” Plan
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Stop!  Why It Still Isn't Safe to Buy Blu-ray  —  By now you know waaaaay too much about Toshiba's format-war surrender, the death of HD DVD at the hands of the larger Blu-ray armada.  You may even be eying the Blu-ray players mounted proudly in point-of-sale displays at Best Buy or Wal-Mart.
Discussion: Crave and Hacking NetFlix
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Guidelines for competing with Twitter  —  Every time Twitter goes down I think of how can we create something to use when Twitter is down.  —  There's a difference these days, because there's serious talk among developers about whether or how to compete.  Earlier this week at lunch with one of them …
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Keeps Settlement Money, Artists May Sue  —  Despite collecting an estimated several hundred million dollars in P2P related settlements from the likes of Napster, KaZaA and Bolt, prominent artists' managers are complaining that so far, they haven't received any compensation from the labels.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Rollbase Wants to Make Programmers Obsolete  —  Platform-as-a-service provider Rollbase launched today, marketing its offerings as web-based software geared toward small- and medium-sized businesses.  While the PaaS terminology conjures up images of Rollbase competing with something …
Discussion: Mashable!
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Microsoft admits: we still haven't fixed Hotmail  —  Some Hotmail customers are still unable to log in, Microsoft admits, despite previously claiming that the problem was fixed  —  Microsoft has admitted that it still has not fixed the problem which has left tens of millions of Hotmail users unable …
Karl / DSLreports:
Swiss Bank Responds To Wikileaks Incident - While rights groups align to derail dubious legal decision...  Last week Swiss bank Julius Baer, unhappy that the Wikileaks website was leaking information about their money laundering, managed to convince a California Judge to force the website offline.
Simon Carless / GameSetWatch:
Interview: The Next Big Puzzle Game Wave? iPhone + Accelerometer!  —  Now, we're definitely aware that people have been hacking the iPhone for a while to create games, even some that use the accelerometer for gameplay by calculating what direction you're tilting your hardware.
Discussion: Kotaku
Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
Jeff Zucker to Print Reporters: Drop Dead  —  NBC Universal CEO on MSNBC, NBC News, Fox Business Network, the Newspaper Industry and CNBC  —  The future of NBC News is not on the broadcast network, but at MSNBC and online, said Jeff Zucker, president of CEO of NBC Universal.
 
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Is Dell biz model yesterday's story?
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Dell Earnings Bad—Wait—No, Not Really, Let Me Figure This Out
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Congress worries that .gov monitoring will spy on Americans
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Salesforce.com: Why the model is working
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Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
NBC's Zucker explains why he thought he could push Steve Jobs around
Discussion: Digital Daily and NewTeeVee
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
3G iPhone to launch mid-year with Infineon chip - report
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
2 more Facebook Platform updates this week making it harder for developers
Discussion: All Facebook and Valleywag
InfoWorld:
PayPal warns: Steer clear of Apple's Safari browser
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$1 billion investment needed to take on World of Warcraft -Kotick
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