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1:55 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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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.
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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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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Live Video On YouTube This Year
Sarah / Pop17:
Livecasting and Lifecasters
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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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Launching Products, MyBlogLog style
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Lifestreaming Comes to Yahoo! with MyBlogLog Overhaul
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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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and HipMojo.com
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews.net:
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.
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Discussion: DSLreports and mocoNews.net
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
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: Gizmodo, p2pnet and PalmAddicts
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 …
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 …
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
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:
 
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Intel unveils new embedded 45nm Xeons, updates chipset
Dan Farber / CNET News.com:
The last word (for now) on Google Sites
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Proposed 3Com buyers aim to allay U.S. security concerns (again)
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Veoh Raising Another $40 Million?
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
At FOWA, WordPress' Mullenweg talks about scaling and spamming
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InfoWorld:
Mozilla in talks with carriers about mobile Firefox
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Artists to music labels: Where's our Napster money?
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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
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Data is the New Links. …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
“Googirl” article vanishes from Web
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Amazon Offering User Generated Video Hosting and Monetization
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
The many flavors of Twitter  —  Pedestrians repeatedly thumbing …
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Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
Jeff Zucker to Print Reporters: Drop Dead
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Finding the OS X Turbo Button
 

 
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