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7:35 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 …
Discussion: Techlog, Inquirer, Gizmodo and WinBeta
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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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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 …
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?”
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.
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
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
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
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).
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: PalmAddicts
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Stop!  Why It Still Isn't Safe to Buy Blu-ray  —  By now you know waaaaay too much about Toshiba's format-war surrender, the death of HD DVD at the hands of the larger Blu-ray armada.  You may even be eying the Blu-ray players mounted proudly in point-of-sale displays at Best Buy or Wal-Mart.
Discussion: Crave and Hacking NetFlix
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
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 …
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Ian / The MyBlogLog Blog:
What's New with You?  —  We just refreshed our profiles …
Discussion: Mashable! and Lifestream Blog
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Windows Live Platform News: Microsoft Standardizes on AtomPub …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
“Googirl” article vanishes from Web
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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Cablevision & Ticketmaster In Deal To Acquire Majority In AEG Live …
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Harvard, MySpace spearhead Internet safety task force
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Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Is Dell biz model yesterday's story?
IDG News Service:
Intel Plans Dual-Core Version of Diamondville
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
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