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8:45 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.
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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: WebProNews and PalmAddicts
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.
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.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
JotSpot reborn: Google launches Google Sites for businesses …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Jotspot Rebrands as Google Sites; Goes Directly After pbWiki …
Discussion: rexblog.com
Judi Sohn / Web Worker Daily:
Google Sites Finally Launches
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).
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 …
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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: Channel 9 and CNET News.com
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 …
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
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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Julian Guthrie / sanfranmag.com:
Googirl  —  The serious power and glam passions of Marissa Mayer, the gorgeously geeky Googler who's generating a new kind of Silicon Valley notoriety.  —  A week before Christmas, Marissa Mayer, the most closely watched woman in the most closely watched company in the world …
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Marissa Mayer gets the cupcake treatment
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Guardian:
Laptop sold on eBay hid confidential Home Office disc  —  The Home Office has launched an investigation into how an optical disc holding confidential information was discovered hidden beneath the keyboard of a laptop bought on the online auction site eBay.  —  The disc was found by technicians …
Discussion: The Register
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.
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.
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 and geeksugar
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: eWeek and Bits
 
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