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7:10 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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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Comscore on Comscore Google Disaster: No Big Deal  —  Comscore weighs in on the topic of the week: Whether Comscore's January report on Google's paid clicks is a disaster.  Comscore's answer?  No.  —  Comscore obviously doesn't consider the possibility that its paid-click conclusion is wrong.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
ComScore: Weak Paid Clicks Reflect Google Policy Shifts
Discussion: Digital Daily
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Google Worries Might Be Exaggerated
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
IAC: 100 Layoffs Coming At Ask.com; Search Deal With Google Possible  —  A source has confirmed to us a coming shakeup at IAC-owned Ask.com that includes about 100 layoffs in the April time frame.  SAI reported this morning that the site may pull the plug on its own search efforts …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Ask May Dump Teoma For Google, Layoff 100 People
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:   Layoff rumors stir the herd at Ask
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 …
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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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MSFTextrememakeover:
Breaking News: CVP Will Poole Certifies Another Laptop as Vista “Capable”
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reduces Price on Several Retail Stand-Alone Versions of Windows Vista
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: Office Tweaks
Brian Jones / Open XML Formats:   BRM is done... time to sleep :-)
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: Valleywag and Beet.TV
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: MacRumors and Engadget
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: Data Center Knowledge
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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 …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
35 Ways to Stream Your Life  —  It's a pretty good bet that if you're not making a Twitter or Facebook application, you're probably making a lifestreaming application.  Okay, so not everyone is into lifestreaming, but it is one of the hottest areas for development out there …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's MyBlogLog Adds An Activity Stream Feature
Discussion: bub.blicio.us, everwas and PR 2.0
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Judge: Wikileaks gets its domain name back  —  Updated at 1:42 p.m. PST.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Wikileaks is getting its domain name back.  —  After spending 90 minutes or so hearing arguments from a raft of attorneys—two representing the Swiss bank that fought to get the site's plug pulled …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft May Buy Email Startup Xobni  —  Microsoft has been in acquisition discussions with email startup Xobni, we've confirmed through multiple sources.  The company, which launched at the TechCrunch40 conference last year, currently offers an outlook plugin for Windows users …
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: CenterNetworks and ReveNews
 
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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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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
At FOWA, WordPress' Mullenweg talks about scaling and spamming
Anthony James / Yanko Design:
Curved iMac has your back...  Many things come to mind …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Final goodbye for early web icon