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5:00 PM ET, February 28, 2008

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Sprint:
Sprint Launches Revolutionary $99.99 “Simply Everything(SM)” Plan  —  Plan Defines Simplicity, Offers Customers Unlimited Voice and Data  —  In an industry-defining move, Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced it will launch a domestic unlimited pricing plan that gives customers unlimited voice …
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Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
Sprint Posts $29.5 Billion Loss on Nextel Writedown
Discussion: Digital Daily and GigaOM
Dan Farber / CNET News.com:
Google Sites: What's all the fuss?  —  The launch of Google Sites is like the opening of a movie or play.  The critics (including myself) feast on it, churning out copy and opinions as to whether Google Sites is a Microsoft SharePoint killer or merely the McDonald's of wikis …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It Took 16 Months, But Google Relaunches Jotspot
MSNBC:
Google Gives All SF Homeless Free Voicemail  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Google has made an announcement that could help hundreds of homeless people in San Francisco get back on their feet.  —  Every single homeless person in the city will be given a life-long phone number and voicemail …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google offers SF homeless free voicemail: “Do no evil” or smart gimmick?  —  Google's motto “Do no evil” seems to be getting substantial weight behind it today as Google is announcing life-long phone numbers and voice mail for all of San Francisco's homeless population.
Discussion: The Last Podcast and Electronista
Official Google Blog:
Google Health, a first look  —  It's been a busy week for the Google Health team.  Last week we announced our partnership and pilot with the Cleveland Clinic.  This week, the team has been at the HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) conference in Orlando, Florida, where Eric
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
More Vaporware From Google Health. Just Launch It Already.
Discussion: WebProNews
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 …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Marissa Mayer gets the cupcake treatment
CNN:
3G iPhone To Include Infineon Chip, Launch By Mid-Year: UBS  —  German chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG (IFX) likely will be supplying the new systems solution to Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) next-generation iPhone, UBS analysts told clients in a note published Thursday.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
3G iPhone to launch mid-year with Infineon chip - report
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Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Under the bonnet of Android  —  I had the chance this week to meet Andy Rubin, Google's director of mobile platforms.  —  He's the man behind Android, the open source operating system that is at the heart of the Open Handset Alliance.  —  He was kind enough to give me a demo of Android running on a handset and the video is here.
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Darren Waters / BBC:
Google bets on Android future
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone boosts O2's earnings, heads for Ireland
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Revamps Design, Adds Status Updates  —  Thursday morning LinkedIn will roll out a new site-wide design featuring a tab-less header and a persistent left column with personal, account-related options.  —  LinkedIn is also adding status updates with which users can broadcast their current activities …
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Elliot Shmukler / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn's new redesigned homepage with Status
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Disney takes big plunge into online video  —  Original programming from a new studio dedicated to digital projects debuts today.  —  Eighty years after the 7 1/2 -minute cartoon “Steamboat Willie” helped launch the career of a certain iconic mouse, Walt Disney Co. has returned to its short-form roots …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
ABC Kicks Off Made-For-Web Video Strategy with “Squeegees.”
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Wikia Open Sources Social Networking - Focused Now Open to All  —  Wikia, the independent commercial wiki site founded by Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley, is releasing components of its very nice social networking toolset under the GNU General Public License 2.0.
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 …
Discussion: The Register and Mashable!
GamesIndustry.biz:
$1 billion investment needed to take on World of Warcraft -Kotick  —  CEO admits MMOs could be “an insurmountable product category” for publishers  —  Speaking at an investor meeting, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has said that he thinks it would take an investment of half a billion …
Kevinle / Windows Live Dev:
David Treadwell on New and Updated Windows Live Platform Services  —  Hey folks, Dave Treadwell here.  For those who don't know me, I run the Live Platform Services team here at Microsoft.  Before coming over to the services world, I spent many years working on .NET, and I feel really fortunate …
 
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Brad Stone / Bits:
EBay Settles Its Patent Dispute
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Business Wire:
The Knot Inc. Acquires “The Bump” and Expands Position in the Baby Market
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com: Why the model is working
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and eWeek
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RIAA Keeps Settlement Money, Artists May Sue
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Forrester Report: How to Staff for Social Computing; The Social …
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
NBC's Zucker explains why he thought he could push Steve Jobs around
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
2 more Facebook Platform updates this week making it harder for developers
Discussion: All Facebook
 Earlier Items: 
InfoWorld:
PayPal warns: Steer clear of Apple's Safari browser
Agam Shah / Network World:
McNealy: Telcos falling behind in Internet race
Discussion: CircleID
Bill Ray / The Register:
Tablet users jump for joy over K-Sketch
George Ou:
Microsoft's free enterprise search is a must try
Mobile Entertainment:
The $250bn mobile ad market?
BBC:
Web desktop targets ‘cybernomads’
Discussion: Rough Type
Guardian:
Laptop sold on eBay hid confidential Home Office disc
Discussion: The Register
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Full text: Microsoft execs on Vista problems
 

 
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