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1:05 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 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
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 …
Sarah / Pop17:
Livecasting and Lifecasters
Discussion: WebProNews and Download Squad
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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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Lifestreaming Comes to Yahoo! with MyBlogLog Overhaul
Discussion: LucaFiligheddu.com
Ian / everwas:
Launching Products, MyBlogLog style
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
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 …
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: CrunchGear, Engadget and Gizmodo
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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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Windows Live Platform News: Microsoft Standardizes on AtomPub …
Discussion: Ajaxian, Mashable! and Windows Live Dev
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”?
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
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: HipMojo.com and Valleywag
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
US Air Force shoots down blogs, airmen frustrated
Discussion: p2pnet, DailyTech and Blogspotting
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Veoh Raising Another $40 Million?
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
At FOWA, WordPress' Mullenweg talks about scaling and spamming
Discussion: Download Squad
Jeremy Kirk / IDG News Service:
Mozilla Plans Mobile Firefox by Year End
Discussion: Mobility Site
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!
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
SCi to cut 25 per cent of jobs, cancels 14 projects
Discussion: Joystiq and GoNintendo
 Earlier Items: 
John Leyden / The Register:
Gooner fan site nobbled by malware
Discussion: TrendLabs
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Dutch tax office deletes 730,000 tax returns
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Data is the New Links. …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Amazon Offering User Generated Video Hosting and Monetization
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple MacBook Pro Penryn tests: a little more speed, a lot less heat
Discussion: Gizmodo and PaulStamatiou.com
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
The many flavors of Twitter  —  Pedestrians repeatedly thumbing …
Discussion: broadstuff
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’
 

 
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Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

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New York Times Reporters Told Not To Open Hacked Sony Emails, Some Of Which Involve The Times

Manjula Martin / Scratch Magazine:
The Toast's publisher Nick Pavich explains contract changes, apologizes for rude tweets

 
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