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8:30 AM 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 Reduces Price on Several Retail Stand-Alone Versions of Windows Vista  —  Q&A: Brad Brooks, corporate vice president for Windows Consumer Product Marketing at Microsoft, discusses changes to pricing of Windows Vista retail stand-alone editions.  —  Since its release …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GrandCentral Homeless Stunt Worked So Well It's Time For An Encore  —  Most companies target early adopters with their new products, hoping those users will tell all of their friends all about it.  But not GrandCentral, the company Google acquired for $50 million in July 2007.
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MSNBC:
Google Gives All SF Homeless Free Voicemail
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?”
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”?
Discussion: PDA, The Register and sanfranmag.com
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
The many flavors of Twitter  —  Pedestrians repeatedly thumbing their cell phones could be playing the latest mobile game, but it's just as likely they're microblogging addicts updating their Twitter accounts.  Twitter's short-form service makes it ideal for two-sentence contributions from mobile phones …
Discussion: broadstuff
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Sites the Next Sharepoint?  Maybe Not....Why Google Apps Could Lose the Enterprise Market  —  Lately, we've been discussing the concept of tech populism and the how enterprises are moving towards a more people-centric focus when it comes to their IT infrastructure.
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).
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple MacBook Pro Penryn tests: a little more speed, a lot less heat  —  Sure, more speed is great, but on OS X most bumps don't have an appreciable effect on everyday work (unless all you're doing is video encoding).  We were more interested in what Intel's Penryn processors …
Discussion: Gizmodo and PaulStamatiou.com
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Windows Live Platform News: Microsoft Standardizes on AtomPub for Web Services and Other Stories  —  David Treadwell has a blog post on the Windows Live Developer blog entitled David Treadwell on New and Updated Windows Live Platform Services where he previews some of the announcements that folks will get to dig into at MIX 08.
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 and broadstuff
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Lifestreaming Comes to Yahoo! with MyBlogLog Overhaul  —  Yahoo! owned MyBlogLog flipped the switch tonight on a major overhaul of user profile pages and now integrates activity data from other services around the web.  —  Less than a week after a small investment in the ex-Googler founded …
Discussion: LucaFiligheddu.com
Simon Carless / GameSetWatch:
Interview: The Next Big Puzzle Game Wave? iPhone + Accelerometer!  —  Now, we're definitely aware that people have been hacking the iPhone for a while to create games, even some that use the accelerometer for gameplay by calculating what direction you're tilting your hardware.
Discussion: Kotaku
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Patent reform coalition aims to abolish software patents
Discussion: Slashdot and Digg
Ian / The MyBlogLog Blog:
What's New with You?  —  We just refreshed our profiles …
Discussion: Mashable! and Lifestream Blog
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Final goodbye for early web icon
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
Jeff Zucker to Print Reporters: Drop Dead
Heidi Moore / WSJ.com:
Sprint Nextel: Officially a ‘Deal From Hell’
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Cablevision & Ticketmaster In Deal To Acquire Majority In AEG Live …
Discussion: Billboard.Biz and hypebot
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Harvard, MySpace spearhead Internet safety task force
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Stop! Why It Still Isn't Safe to Buy Blu-ray
Discussion: Crave and Hacking NetFlix
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Is Dell biz model yesterday's story?
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Dell Earnings Bad—Wait—No, Not Really, Let Me Figure This Out
Discussion: New York Times
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft: The EU's ATM Machine
Discussion: Open Source and Business Week
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Congress worries that .gov monitoring will spy on Americans
Karl / DSLreports:
Swiss Bank Responds To Wikileaks Incident …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Keeps Settlement Money, Artists May Sue
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Microsoft admits: we still haven't fixed Hotmail
InfoWorld:
PayPal warns: Steer clear of Apple's Safari browser
 

 
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Gamergate and how Internet users think about gaming and harassment

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CBC to lose another 400 jobs by March

 
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