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12:15 PM ET, February 29, 2008


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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 …
Microsoft cuts Vista prices to urge upgrades  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it plans to cut prices of its Windows Vista operating system sold at retail outlets in a move aimed at pushing customers to switch to the newest version of Windows.
Discussion: DailyTech, CyberNet and Engadget
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Don't get too excited about those Vista price cuts  —  Microsoft announced price cuts for Windows Vista on February 28, but only for standalone boxed copies sold at retail.  —  The price cuts are not Vista copies preloaded on new PCs or sold through volume-licensing contracts.
Discussion: Gawker
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Vista price slash
Discussion: Channel 9
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?”
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Live Video On YouTube This Year
Sarah / Pop17:
Livecasting and Lifecasters
Discussion: WebProNews and Download Squad
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 …
Vladimir Vukievi:
Finding the OS X Turbo Button  —  Some of you may have noticed that the Firefox 3 nightly builds have felt a lot snappier since a few weeks ago.  There's an interesting story in that, one that I finally have time to write up.  We've had a number of bugs on the Mac where people were complaining …
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Office Live Workspace - first feature update goes live  —  Office Live Workspace launched last December and just got it's first update, what's new: … Besides these, other fixes and improvements have been made and the Office Live add-in has been updated.  —  Note on Office Live Workspace Registration:
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Windows Live Platform News: Microsoft Standardizes on AtomPub …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
“Googirl” article vanishes from Web  —  115,000 copies of San Francisco magazine, on newsstands throughout the city, name Marissa Mayer as Google's “Googirl.”  But on the Web, the article has gone missing.  Could the editors have belatedly Googled “googirl”?
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: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Final goodbye for early web icon  —  A web browser that gave many people their first experience of the web is about to disappear.  —  Netscape Navigator, now owned by AOL, will no longer be supported after 1 March 2008, the company has said.  —  In the mid-1990s, as the commercial web began to take off …
Discussion: p2pnet and PalmAddicts
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: O'Grady's PowerPage and Slashdot
Tricia Duryee /
Sprint: WiMax Partnership With Clearwire Still Possible; Dual-Mode Handsets Out This Year  —  Sprint (NYSE: S) Nextel's CEO Dan Hesse confirmed a partnership of some kind with Clearwire (NSDQ: CLWR) may still be in the cards although he wasn't prepared to elaborate during today's earnings call.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Amazon Offering User Generated Video Hosting and Monetization  —  Amazon has quietly entered the video hosting and monetization game with Your Video Widget.  —  Your Video Widget allows any registered Amazon Affiliate to upload a video and then select products that can be displayed as the video progresses (demo above).
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.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Their Turn: Harbinger Submits Proxy For NYTCo Board Noms …
Jeremy Kirk / IDG News Service:
Mozilla Plans Mobile Firefox by Year End
Discussion: Mobility Site
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Artists to music labels: Where's our Napster money?
Discussion: WebProNews and Techdirt
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Book Search Adds a Social Layer
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
LiveJournal Filled With Awesomeness: Lessig, Dyson and boyd Join Board of Advisors
Discussion: LiveJournal 2008 and Mashable!
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Dutch tax office deletes 730,000 tax returns
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Data is the New Links. …
Ian / The MyBlogLog Blog:
What's New with You?  —  We just refreshed our profiles …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Lifestreaming Comes to Yahoo! with MyBlogLog Overhaul
Discussion: everwas and
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple MacBook Pro Penryn tests: a little more speed, a lot less heat
Discussion: Gizmodo and
Jessica Dolcourt /
The many flavors of Twitter  —  Pedestrians repeatedly thumbing …
Discussion: broadstuff
Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
Jeff Zucker to Print Reporters: Drop Dead
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Sprint Nextel: Officially a ‘Deal From Hell’
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