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10:45 PM ET, February 28, 2008

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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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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Wikia Open Sources Social Networking - Focused Networking 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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Sites the Next Sharepoint? …
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: “Don't be evil” or smart gimmick?  —  Google's motto “Don't be 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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   GrandCentral Homeless Stunt Worked So Well It's Time For An Encore
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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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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Melissa Gira Grant / Valleywag:
Marissa Mayer not really that kinky  —  I tried not to go there, really I did: San Francisco magazine's profile of Google cupcake princess Marissa Mayer is titled “Googirl”.  I'm guessing they didn't actually Google “googirl” before publishing.  But if Marissa really is Google's googirl?  You go, girl.
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Julian Guthrie / sanfranmag.com:
Googirl  —  The serious power and glam passions of Marissa Mayer …
Discussion: Valleywag and Epicenter
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
3G iPhone to launch mid-year with Infineon chip - report  —  Current iPhone baseband supplier Infineon will provide Apple with a new chip solution for its next-generation iPhone, which is expected to launch by mid-year, investment bank UBS said Thursday.  —  In a research note to clients …
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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
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
NBC's Zucker explains why he thought he could push Steve Jobs around  —  NBC Universal head Jeff Zucker told a hall full of future Harvard MBAs yesterday that Steve Jobs booted NBC television from the iTunes store last summer because Zucker merely asked to experiment with show pricing.
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
NBC Jeff Zucker Dishes on Strike, Hulu, iTunes, Kitchen Sink
Discussion: Digital Daily and CinemaTech
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.
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 …
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
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Is Dell biz model yesterday's story?  —  The headline read, “Dell's business priorities drive revenue up 10 percent in fourth quarter.”  The real story was that profits slumped 6.5 percent because of a bevy of charges.  —  What it means is that Michael Dell still has a lot of work ahead.
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McClatchy Takes Another: $1.39 Billion Goodwill Writedown In Q4 …
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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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Swiss Bank Responds To Wikileaks Incident …
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Salesforce.com: Why the model is working
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Forrester Report: How to Staff for Social Computing; The Social …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
2 more Facebook Platform updates this week making it harder for developers
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InfoWorld:
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