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4:20 PM ET, February 29, 2008

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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
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:
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
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.
PR Newswire:
SIRIUS and XM Extend Merger Agreement  —  XM Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: XMSR - News) and SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI - News) today announced that the companies have agreed not to exercise their rights to terminate the Merger Agreement until May 1, 2008.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
XM And Sirius Extend Merger Agreement Until May 1
Discussion: Electronista
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
ConsortiumInfo.org The Standards Blog:
Showdown in Geneva: OOXML Fails to Achieve Majority Approval at BRM  —  Slashdot It!  DiggThis Add to Del.icio.us  —  Views: 497  —  A rather incredible week in Geneva has just ended, bringing to a close the Herculean assumed by the over 100 delegates from 32 countries that attended the BRM.
Discussion: Computerworld and open
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Open XML voting ends with both sides predicting victory
Discussion: MSDN Blogs and Office Tweaks
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Google Sites: More Trouble for Registrars  —  Last week, we wrote that the registrars were under increased pressure.  Their higher-margin businesses, such as turnkey hosting, were threatened by third-party hosting, simplifiers like Google, and the trend towards distributed SaaS applications.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Dan Farber / CNET News.com:
The last word (for now) on Google Sites
Discussion: Open Source and Go Big Always
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
Reuters:
Limelight Networks says to appeal Akamai patent case  —  Limelight Networks Inc (LLNW.O: Quote, Profile, Research) plans to appeal a jury ruling in a patent case brought by rival Akamai Technologies Inc (AKAM.O: Quote, Profile, Research), Paul Alfieri, a spokesman for Limelight said on Friday.
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
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
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 …
Ed Gubbins / TELEPHONY Magazine:
Exclusive: Reed Hundt on the 700 MHz auction, P2P throttling  —  Former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt formed Frontline Wireless with plans to build a nationwide emergency communications network using spectrum auctioned off by the FCC.  Among other things, Frontline has proposed that the FCC apply open access requirements to the spectrum.
Discussion: Crave, DSLreports and dailywireless.org
 
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Dear Comcast, Why Is My DVR So Dumb?
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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
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Facebook Music Dances With iTunes
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Advertisers Say Google's Content Network Shows Improvement
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US Air Force shoots down blogs, airmen frustrated
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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
Anthony James / Yanko Design:
Curved iMac has your back...  Many things come to mind …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Engadget
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's MyBlogLog Adds An Activity Stream Feature
Discussion: bub.blicio.us, everwas and PR 2.0
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Final goodbye for early web icon
Discussion: p2pnet, Gizmodo and PalmAddicts
 

 
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