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6:00 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: Rev2.org and Download Squad
Dan Farber / CNET News.com:
JotSpot reincarnated as Google Sites  —  In October 2006, Google acquired JotSpot, a hosted wiki platform for building collaborative Web sites.  Sixteen months later, which is like 10 years in Web time, Google is launching a revamped JotSpot as Google Sites.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Goes After Another Microsoft Cash Cow  —  Google is adding a new front to its assault on Microsoft's software applications business.  —  The Internet search giant on Wednesday is rolling out a rival to Microsoft's SharePoint, a program used for collaboration among teams of workers.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
JotSpot reborn: Google launches Google Sites for businesses to create websites in the cloud  —  Google today is launching a new addition to their Google Apps platform, Google Sites — this is the new JotSpot.  Aimed at taking business collaboration to a new level, the application utilizes Google's …
Dennis Howlett / AccMan Pro:
Google Sites - a ball dropped  —  I spent a good amount of time playing about with Google Sites last night.  I'm not over enamoured.  In fact I'm decidedly underwhelmed.  Usability in parts of the application is dreadful.  I had hoped that in releasing this service, Google would validate the wiki market for the SMB.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Don't call it a wiki: Google Sites finally launches
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Jotspot Rebrands as Google Sites; Goes Directly After pbWiki …
Discussion: rexblog.com
Judi Sohn / Web Worker Daily:
Google Sites Finally Launches
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 and broadstuff
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
The Semantic Web's biggest problem  —  Paul Miller has a new column at ZDNet that's all about the Semantic Web — or Web3., as some like to call it — and he's got a post up about an interview he did with the Father of the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, in which Sir Tim says that all of the various …
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).
Discussion: BoomTown
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
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.
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple exec: iPhone “not married” to single-carrier model
CNN:
Apple ‘Not Wedded’ To Current iPhone Sales Model - COO Cook
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Engadget Mobile
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?
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 and Channel 9
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Picnik Now Offers Premium Features For Free
Wall Street Journal:
Google to Offer Health Records On the Web  —  Tech Giant Joins Effort  —  To Prod Consumers to Keep Their Data In Portable Electronic Profiles  —  Google Inc. plans today to announce an online repository where consumers can store their health information — a move that could boost …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Get ready to Google-ize your health records
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
Producer / Chris Pirillo:
Top Ten List of Free Windows Programs  —  Josh sent in an excellent list of his top ten recommended Windows programs... all of which are absolutely free!  Here they are, for your use if you wish.  — Audacity is a free program that allows you to edit your music and sound files.
Peter Burrows / Byte of the Apple:
Apple versus RIM: Now it's Game On  —  The invite to the media event next week suggests that Apple has figured out how it wants to tap demand from all those corporate types that wish their employer would support the iPhone as well as other devices such as the Blackberry.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple planning iPhone SDK event March 6
Port 25:
How open source has influenced Windows Server 2008  —  When I think about what works really well in open source development and technology, the following things stand out:  — Modular architectures  —  You can find these wherever you see participation at scale - and often a rearchitecture …
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