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4:10 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
Discussion: DailyTech, CyberNet and Engadget
Magid Abraham / comScore Voices:
Why Google's surprising paid click data are less surprising  —  James Lamberti, SVP of Search and Media at comScore, is a co-author of this post.  —  Earlier this week, comScore released its January 2008 qSearch paid click report, which showed a 7% sequential decline vs. December '07 …
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Google Worries Might Be Exaggerated
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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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Sarah / Pop17:
Livecasting and Lifecasters
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.
Portfolio.com:
Michael Arrington  —  Nobody is more obsessed with the doings of Silicon Valley than Michael Arrington, whose 2½-year-old website, TechCrunch.com, has become an international clearinghouse for gossip, rumor, and inside information about the internet business.
Discussion: Beet.TV and Valleywag
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Open XML voting ends with both sides predicting victory  —  A pivotal meeting of international delegates to decide the fate of Microsoft's Open XML finished on Friday with advocates and foes of the standards bid predicting victory.  —  Brian Jones, a program manager at Microsoft involved …
Discussion: MSDN Blogs and Office Tweaks
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Dan Farber / CNET News.com:
The last word (for now) on Google Sites  —  The launch of Google Sites has spurred closer examination of the Google Apps suite and of some of the claims or innuendo from Google executives regarding the enterprise fitness of its cloud-based applications.  —  Sarah Perez of ReadWriteWeb compiles …
Discussion: Open Source and Go Big Always
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Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Google Sites: More Trouble for Registrars
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
Discussion: bub.blicio.us and PR 2.0
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Ian / everwas:
Launching Products, MyBlogLog style
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Should Google, Yahoo, Mahalo, etc. ban affiliate links? (or “Will the FTC ban undisclosed affiliate links for us all?")  —  “We wanted to make clear . . . if you're being paid, you should disclose that.”  —  Mary K. Engle, FTC associate director for advertising practices quoted in the Washington Post
Discussion: ReveNews
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: Crave, O'Grady's PowerPage and Slashdot
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
At FOWA, WordPress' Mullenweg talks about scaling and spamming  —  MIAMI—"I'm Matt Mullenweg, and I'm famous for eating 108 Chicken McNuggets and surviving," the eccentric 24-year-old WordPress founder said in his talk at the Future of Web Apps conference, explaining that he's no longer continually the No. 1 …
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Time Capsule Initial Verdict: Smooth Sailing, No Surprises  —  We've been fiddling with Time Capsule since it arrived this AM, and so far it works as billed, clean and easy.  The star of the show is really the new AirPort Utility software, which now comes with some neat tricks for the network-phobic.
Discussion: Engadget
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: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Engadget
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
US Air Force shoots down blogs, airmen frustrated  —  The United States Air Force has stirred up controversy with a new Internet filtering policy that aims to prevent Air Force personnel from reading blogs while on the job.  The ban has been implemented by the Air Force Network Operations Center …
 
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Dear Comcast, Why Is My DVR So Dumb?
Wired News:
‘Google Bomb’ an Enemy
Discussion: Digg
ChangeWave:
RIM Dominates in Corporate Smart Phones
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Paypal to Safari Users: Switch Browsers or You'll be a Victim of Fraud
Karl / DSLreports:
Comcast User Charged $2 To Stop Junk Mail …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
Teenage Hacker Is Blind, Brash and in the Crosshairs of the FBI
Discussion: Switched and Slashdot
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
XM And Sirius Extend Merger Agreement Until May 1
PC World:
Facebook Music Dances With iTunes
 Earlier Items: 
ClickZ:
Advertisers Say Google's Content Network Shows Improvement
Adario Strange / DVICE:
Sega Body Trainer offers robotic dictator for slackers
Discussion: Crave and Gizmodo
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Veoh Raising Another $40 Million?
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews.net:
Sprint: WiMax Partnership With Clearwire Still Possible …
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Office Live Workspace - first feature update goes live
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Artists to music labels: Where's our Napster money?
Discussion: Contentinople and WebProNews
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Book Search Adds a Social Layer
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Final goodbye for early web icon
Discussion: p2pnet, Gizmodo and PalmAddicts