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10:05 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 …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Vista price slash  —  Microsoft has cut the price of Windows Vista in an attempt to further boost sales of the operating system.  —  Here's the information that I have:  — The price cut will roll out across 70 countries.  — The price cut goes hand in hand with the release of SP1.
Discussion: Reuters and 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?”
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Live Video On YouTube This Year  —  First rumored in January, YouTube is definitely doing live video, and it's happening this year.  —  Sarah Meyers got the scoop (video above), transcript as follows care of NewTeeVee: … Now for the guessing game: which live video startup …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Portfolio.com
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 …
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
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
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 …
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: everwas and LucaFiligheddu.com
Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
Jeff Zucker to Print Reporters: Drop Dead  —  NBC Universal CEO on MSNBC, NBC News, Fox Business Network, the Newspaper Industry and CNBC  —  The future of NBC News is not on the broadcast network, but at MSNBC and online, said Jeff Zucker, president of CEO of NBC Universal.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Data is the New Links.  Tim Berners-Lee Says Sites That Don't Give Users Their Data Back Are Boring  —  Who owns your friends (or rather the list of who your friends are and how they are connected to you) has been a big source of debate in the social networking world.
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).
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
LiveJournal Filled With Awesomeness: Lessig, Dyson and boyd Join Board of Advisors
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's MyBlogLog Adds An Activity Stream Feature
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Guest Post: Lenovo's Web Strategist David Churbuck “Corporate …
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
SCi to cut 25 per cent of jobs, cancels 14 projects
Discussion: Joystiq and GoNintendo
John Leyden / The Register:
Gooner fan site nobbled by malware
Discussion: TrendLabs
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Dutch tax office deletes 730,000 tax returns
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
The Many Challenges of Widgets
Discussion: Snipperoo
Ian / The MyBlogLog Blog:
What's New with You?  —  We just refreshed our profiles …
Discussion: Mashable! and Lifestream Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Windows Live Platform News: Microsoft Standardizes on AtomPub …
Heidi Moore / WSJ.com:
Sprint Nextel: Officially a ‘Deal From Hell’
Simon Carless / GameSetWatch:
Interview: The Next Big Puzzle Game Wave? iPhone + Accelerometer!
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and Kotaku
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GrandCentral Homeless Stunt Worked So Well It's Time For An Encore
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Sites the Next Sharepoint? …
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Stop! Why It Still Isn't Safe to Buy Blu-ray
Discussion: Crave and Hacking NetFlix
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Is Dell biz model yesterday's story?
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Guidelines for competing with Twitter
 

 
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