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11:25 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 …
Reuters:
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?”
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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
Sarah / Pop17:
Livecasting and Lifecasters
Discussion: Download Squad
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 …
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 …
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
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Stop! Why It Still Isn't Safe to Buy Blu-ray
Discussion: Crave and Hacking NetFlix
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”?
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).
Discussion: MarketingShift
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.
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
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
 
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Their Turn: Harbinger Submits Proxy For NYTCo Board Noms …
Jeremy Kirk / IDG News Service:
Mozilla Plans Mobile Firefox by Year End
Discussion: Mobility Site
Anthony James / Yanko Design:
Curved iMac has your back...  Many things come to mind …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Audible Q4 Revs Up 35 Percent; Swings To Profit; Sale To Close In Q2
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Survey: CIOs moderately upbeat about IT spending
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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!
 Earlier Items: 
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Dutch tax office deletes 730,000 tax returns
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Data is the New Links. …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Windows Live Platform News: Microsoft Standardizes on AtomPub …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple MacBook Pro Penryn tests: a little more speed, a lot less heat
Discussion: Gizmodo and PaulStamatiou.com
Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
Jeff Zucker to Print Reporters: Drop Dead
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Heidi Moore / WSJ.com:
Sprint Nextel: Officially a ‘Deal From Hell’
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GrandCentral Homeless Stunt Worked So Well It's Time For An Encore
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Sites the Next Sharepoint? …
 

 
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Journalism is doing just fine, thanks — it's mass-media business models that are ailing

Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Paying ransom for kidnapped journalists is not a crime, and calling them reckless blames the victims

Emily Yahr / Washington Post:
Netflix, again, can't win any major Emmy awards. What's going on?

 
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