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8:15 PM ET, February 29, 2008


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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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
ComScore: Weak Paid Clicks Reflect Google Policy Shifts
Discussion: Digital Daily
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Comscore on Comscore Google Disaster: No Big Deal
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 …
Source: Apple may not restrict free iPhone apps  —  In spite of fears that Apple may impose tight restrictions on third-party iPhone applications developed with its upcoming SDK, the company may loosen those restrictions for free programs, Electronista has learned.
Discussion: MacRumors
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
No iPhone SDK Until June?
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
Joseph Weisenthal /
IAC: 100 Layoffs Coming At; Search Deal With Google Possible
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Ask May Dump Teoma For Google, Layoff 100 People
Ina Fried / CNET
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 …
Breaking News: CVP Will Poole Certifies Another Laptop as Vista “Capable”
Microsoft Reduces Price on Several Retail Stand-Alone Versions of Windows Vista The Standards Blog:
Showdown in Geneva: OOXML Fails to Achieve Majority Approval at BRM  —  Slashdot It!  DiggThis Add to  —  Views: 497  —  A rather incredible week in Geneva has just ended, bringing to a close the Herculean assumed by the over 100 delegates from 32 countries that attended the BRM.
Discussion: Computerworld and open
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Open XML voting ends with both sides predicting victory
Discussion: PC World and Office Tweaks
Brian Jones / Open XML Formats:   BRM is done... time to sleep :-)
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Time Capsule Initial Verdict: Smooth Sailing, No Surprises  —  We've been fiddling with Time Capsule since it arrived this AM, and so far it works as billed, clean and easy.  The star of the show is really the new AirPort Utility software, which now comes with some neat tricks for the network-phobic.
Discussion: MacRumors and Engadget
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Judge: Wikileaks gets its domain name back  —  Updated at 1:42 p.m. PST.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Wikileaks is getting its domain name back.  —  After spending 90 minutes or so hearing arguments from a raft of attorneys—two representing the Swiss bank that fought to get the site's plug pulled …
Michael Arrington  —  Nobody is more obsessed with the doings of Silicon Valley than Michael Arrington, whose 2½-year-old website,, has become an international clearinghouse for gossip, rumor, and inside information about the internet business.
Discussion: CrunchNotes, 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 …
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: CenterNetworks and ReveNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft May Buy Email Startup Xobni  —  Microsoft has been in acquisition discussions with email startup Xobni, we've confirmed through multiple sources.  The company, which launched at the TechCrunch40 conference last year, currently offers an outlook plugin for Windows users …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
35 Ways to Stream Your Life  —  It's a pretty good bet that if you're not making a Twitter or Facebook application, you're probably making a lifestreaming application.  Okay, so not everyone is into lifestreaming, but it is one of the hottest areas for development out there …
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Google Sites: More Trouble for Registrars  —  Last week, we wrote that the registrars were under increased pressure.  Their higher-margin businesses, such as turnkey hosting, were threatened by third-party hosting, simplifiers like Google, and the trend towards distributed SaaS applications.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
NBC: P2P Is Evil — Except When We Use It  —  NBC Universal filed comments with the FCC this week that side with Comcast on BitTorrent blocking.  The company opposes Net Neutrality regulations because it wants ISPs to filter out copyrighted content, and it seems to be willing to blame P2P …
Discussion: eWeek
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James Brightman / GameDaily:
Trion: Activision Blizzard Trying to Scare Competition
David P. Hamilton / VentureBeat:
The Health 2.0 glut, and how one startup adapts
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Google Traffic to Ungated has Doubled, Report
Alex Papadimoulis / The Daily WTF:
Best of the Sidebar: So You Hacked Our Site!?
Discussion: p2pnet
Bs Angel / Hawty McBloggy Invites You to Play:
Another Gamer Screwed by Microsoft
Larry O'dell / Associated Press:
Va. court upholds spammer's conviction
PR Newswire:
SIRIUS and XM Extend Merger Agreement
Ed Gubbins / TELEPHONY Magazine:
Exclusive: Reed Hundt on the 700 MHz auction, P2P throttling
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Dear Comcast, Why Is My DVR So Dumb?
Wired News:
‘Google Bomb’ an Enemy
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Paypal to Safari Users: Switch Browsers or You'll be a Victim of Fraud
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, Slashdot and Digg
PC World:
Facebook Music Dances With iTunes
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
At FOWA, WordPress' Mullenweg talks about scaling and spamming
Anthony James / Yanko Design:
Curved iMac has your back...  Many things come to mind …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Engadget