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3:35 PM ET, February 28, 2008


 Top Items: 
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 …
Dan Farber / CNET
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 …
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.
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Jotspot Returns As Google Sites: Wiki-Style Collaboration
Dennis Howlett / AccMan Pro:   Google Sites - a ball dropped
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
More Vaporware From Google Health. Just Launch It Already.
Discussion: Associated Press and WebProNews
Julian Guthrie /
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 …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Marissa Mayer gets the cupcake treatment  —  The only shocker in Julian Guthrie's profile of Marissa Mayer for San Francisco magazine: That the “gorgeously geeky Googler” is well-respected within the Googleplex.  Perhaps among the executives Google PR trotted out for the ritual encomiums, but not among the rank and file.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple: All signs point to a more business friendly iPhone  —  Apple has dropped some serious hints that its iPhone strategy will at least be tweaked-mostly in ways that will court business users.  —  First up, Apple has sent invitations for the launch of the iPhone SDK next week …
Apple Shares Rise on Optimism over iPhone Demand
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone boosts O2's earnings, heads for Ireland
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS |
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.
Darren Waters / BBC:
Robot dreams  —  Technology editor, BBC News website, in San Francisco
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.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
3G iPhone to launch mid-year with Infineon chip - report
Discussion: CNET
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 …
Elliot Shmukler / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn's new redesigned homepage with Status
Discussion: Insider Chatter
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!
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Contentinople
Rafat Ali /
Disney Launching Its Separate Digital Production Unit Stage 9 With “Squeegees”
Discussion: WebProNews and AppScout
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and CenterNetworks
George Ou:
Microsoft's free enterprise search is a must try  —  At the Heroes Happens {here} event in LA yesterday which saw the launch* of Windows Server 2008, one of the relatively hidden gems of the event in my opinion was Microsoft's free** Search Server 2008 Express.
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
2 more Facebook Platform updates this week making it harder for developers
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PayPal warns: Steer clear of Apple's Safari browser
Google Gives All SF Homeless Free Voicemail
$1 billion investment needed to take on World of Warcraft -Kotick
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
EU may begin treating 'Net censorship as a trade barrier
Discussion: DailyTech
Agam Shah / Network World:
McNealy: Telcos falling behind in Internet race
Discussion: CircleID and Slashdot
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
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Doug Caverly / WebProNews: Reports Strong Fourth Quarter
Discussion: Between the Lines and eWeek
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Ray / The Register:
Tablet users jump for joy over K-Sketch
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Mobile Entertainment:
The $250bn mobile ad market?
Web desktop targets ‘cybernomads’
Discussion: Rough Type
Lewis Page / The Register:
US gov now says Eye-o-Sauron™ border masts are crap
Discussion: CNET and eWeek
Laptop sold on eBay hid confidential Home Office disc
Discussion: The Register
Producer / Chris Pirillo:
Top Ten List of Free Windows Programs
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Full text: Microsoft execs on Vista problems