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3:45 PM ET, February 29, 2008

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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft chops Vista retail prices  —  In what may be an unprecedented decision, Microsoft said Thursday that it plans to lower the retail prices for several flavors of Windows Vista.  —  For those in the U.S., Microsoft is cutting prices only on the higher-end versions of Vista …
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Week in review: Windows woes
Discussion: Valleywag and TechSpot News
Reuters:
Microsoft cuts Vista prices to urge upgrades
Discussion: DailyTech, CyberNet and Engadget
Bill Ray / The Register:
Microsoft cuts Vista price
Discussion: CNET News.com and Valleywag
Magid Abraham / comScore Voices:
Why Google's surprising paid click data are less surprising  —  James Lamberti, SVP of Search and Media at comScore, is a co-author of this post.  —  Earlier this week, comScore released its January 2008 qSearch paid click report, which showed a 7% sequential decline vs. December '07 …
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Google Worries Might Be Exaggerated
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
News: iPhone/iPod SDK: Apple to approve, distribute apps, limit add-ons  —  iPhone/iPod SDK: Apple to approve, distribute apps, limit add-ons  —  According to several sources familiar with Apple's iPhone and iPod touch software development kit (SDK) plans, the company will use a March 6 event in Cupertino …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Steve Chen: YouTube to Add Live Video  —  YouTube will support live video before the end of this year, co-founder Steve Chen told Pop17 videoblogger Sarah Meyers.  Check out the clip:  —  The background party music is thumping, so here's a transcript:  —  Meyers: “When are you guys gonna do live video on YouTube?”
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Sarah / Pop17:
Livecasting and Lifecasters
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
IAC: Ready To Bail On Ask?  —  More on the impending shakeup at IAC's long-suffering Ask.  An insider tells us that IAC is considering finally pulling the plug on Teoma, the engine that powers Ask's search, and just using Google:  —  There is indeed a big shakeup coming.  A new Ask.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's MyBlogLog Adds An Activity Stream Feature  —  MyBlogLog, a blogger social network acquired by Yahoo about a year ago, launched v.2 of their service tonight, with a significant new feature.  You can see the MyBlogLog widget in the right sidebar of this site - it shows pictures and names of recent visitors.
Discussion: bub.blicio.us and PR 2.0
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Ian / everwas:
Launching Products, MyBlogLog style
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Lifestreaming Comes to Yahoo! with MyBlogLog Overhaul
Discussion: Webomatica and LucaFiligheddu.com
Portfolio.com:
Michael Arrington  —  Nobody is more obsessed with the doings of Silicon Valley than Michael Arrington, whose 2½-year-old website, TechCrunch.com, has become an international clearinghouse for gossip, rumor, and inside information about the internet business.
Discussion: Beet.TV and Valleywag
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Will New Blu-ray Drives Suck Your Laptop Battery Dry?  —  Watching a Blu-ray movie in all its high-definition glory on your laptop may finally become an affordable prospect this year.  Just don't wander too far from a power outlet.  —  With the Sony-backed HD format emerging victorious …
Discussion: Crave, O'Grady's PowerPage and Slashdot
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
At FOWA, WordPress' Mullenweg talks about scaling and spamming  —  MIAMI—"I'm Matt Mullenweg, and I'm famous for eating 108 Chicken McNuggets and surviving," the eccentric 24-year-old WordPress founder said in his talk at the Future of Web Apps conference, explaining that he's no longer continually the No. 1 …
Anthony James / Yanko Design:
Curved iMac has your back...  Many things come to mind when I imagine new features that might be useful on my Mac; a touch screen, integrated 3G connectivity, pop-out remote control, integrated LCD projector, and maybe even a ninja bear defense radar system... I had an incident, let it go.
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Engadget
PC World:
Facebook Music Dances With iTunes  —  Facebook now lets bands make streaming songs and music videos available to fans—and sell downloads via iTunes.  —  Jonny Evans, Macworld  —  Facebook Thursday launched its new music section for bands in a tie-up with iTunes.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
US Air Force shoots down blogs, airmen frustrated  —  The United States Air Force has stirred up controversy with a new Internet filtering policy that aims to prevent Air Force personnel from reading blogs while on the job.  The ban has been implemented by the Air Force Network Operations Center …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Should Google, Yahoo, Mahalo, etc. ban affiliate links? (or “Will the FTC ban undisclosed affiliate links for us all?")  —  “We wanted to make clear . . . if you're being paid, you should disclose that.”  —  Mary K. Engle, FTC associate director for advertising practices quoted in the Washington Post
Discussion: ReveNews
 
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Time Capsule Initial Verdict: Smooth Sailing, No Surprises
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Karl / DSLreports:
Comcast User Charged $2 To Stop Junk Mail …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
Teenage Hacker Is Blind, Brash and in the Crosshairs of the FBI
Discussion: Switched and Slashdot
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Open XML voting ends with both sides predicting victory
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
XM And Sirius Extend Merger Agreement Until May 1
ClickZ:
Advertisers Say Google's Content Network Shows Improvement
Adario Strange / DVICE:
Sega Body Trainer offers robotic dictator for slackers
Discussion: Crave and Gizmodo
Dan Farber / CNET News.com:
The last word (for now) on Google Sites
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Veoh Raising Another $40 Million?
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews.net:
Sprint: WiMax Partnership With Clearwire Still Possible …
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Office Live Workspace - first feature update goes live
InfoWorld:
Mozilla in talks with carriers about mobile Firefox
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Artists to music labels: Where's our Napster money?
Discussion: Contentinople and WebProNews
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Book Search Adds a Social Layer
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Final goodbye for early web icon
Discussion: Gizmodo, p2pnet and PalmAddicts
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Amazon Offering User Generated Video Hosting and Monetization
 

 
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