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John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Will Apple Adopt Windows?  —  This would be the most phenomenal turnabout in the history of desktop computing.  There's just one fly in the ointment.  —  Total posts: 15  —  The idea that Apple would ditch its own OS for Microsoft Windows came to me from Yakov Epstein …
Various / MacSlash:
Apple To Drop Mac OS X In Favour Of Windows
Discussion: Squash and TechBlog
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
Introducing, The Daily Om  —  Back in the day when I worked for a weekly newspaper in New York, the dismal newsroom taught me something: not everything merits a front page 24 point headline treatment.  There are some stories which are short, sweet, touching or simply quirky.
Leander / The Cult of Mac Blog:
First Mac OS X Worm a Wake-Up Call  —  UPDATE: There's a lot of debate about whether this is a real worm, or merely an elaborate, executable script that the user is tricked into running.  It appears to be a worm — it's self-containing code that replicates itself over the Net (def.).
Discussion: AMCP Tech Blog and Tech Digest
John Leyden / The Register:
'First' Mac OS X Trojan sighted
Matthew Maier / CNN:
MySpace unwired  —  News Corp.'s youth-oriented Web portal extends its influence into the wireless world.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0) -, the website that has become a nationwide craze, is headed to a mobile phone near you.  —  If you aren't familiar with MySpace …
John Borland / CNET
New DVDs already sparking copy-protection confusion  —  When the first high-definition DVDs finally hit shelves this spring, a mad scramble may ensue—not for the discs themselves, but to figure out what computers and devices are actually able to play them in their full glory.
Discussion: Fast Company Now and Techdirt
Tom Krazit / CNET
Microsoft driver flaw saps battery strength  —  Microsoft has confirmed the existence of a flaw in its USB 2.0 drivers for Windows XP Service Pack 2 that can cause a notebook to consume power at a faster-than-expected rate when using a peripheral device.  —  The issue, first uncovered …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AllPeers is Coming; Exclusive Screenshots  —  Prague based Allpeers cofounder Matthew Gertner came by my house today to install the product and let me try it out.  —  Allpeers is a Firefox extension that creates a simple, persistent buddy list in the browser.
Discussion: Peer Pressure and Nik Cubrilovic
Jonathan Berr /
Google Warms to Wall Street  —  Google (GOOG:Nasdaq - news - research - Cramer's Take) is extending an olive branch.  —  The search engine giant's shares are down 18% this year, following a Jan. 31 earnings setback that cratered the once-invincible stock.  So Google, after long sitting …
Discussion: Internet Outsider
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Tom's Future of Web Apps, Translated for Product Managers  —  I've had a tab open in my browser pointing at Tom's Native to a Web of Data slide for a few days now.  It's been nagging me.  I needed to do something with the ideas encapsulated in that one slide, and tonight it struck me while I was doing something completely unrelated.
Discussion: Dave Beckett
Modculture / Tech Digest:
Amazon to launch music store and MP3 player?  —  According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is in advanced talks with the four music companies about setting up a digital music service featuring an Amazon-branded MP3 player pre-loaded with a selection of heavily discounted songs.
RawmeatCowboy / Go Nintendo:
Nintendo: Official Magazine (UK) scans!  —  MASSIVE thanks to Tallon for all the scans.  Very, VERY much appreciated.  —  Once again, many thanks to Tallon for this awesome work.  You really helped us out.
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Brian / Spam Kings Blog:
Asterisk on pop-up mogul's gold  —  There's already a tarnish on the gold medal won by Australian mogul skier Dale Begg-Smith at the Olympics in Turin this week.  —  While the 21-year-old Begg-Smith may not have been involved in doping or cheating on the slopes, the way he richly supported himself …
Robert X. Cringely /
BYOB:  —  Don't be surprised if Apple saves the day for Blockbuster Video  —  Poor Blockbuster Video hasn't made a profit in years, the stock is down about 90 percent from its 2002 high, NetFlix is cleaning its clock, and nobody - I mean NOBODY - thinks the future looks in any way rosy for this pioneering video rental chain.
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Forms $200 Million  —  Pandemic and Bio Defense Fund  —  MENLO PARK, CA., February 16, 2006 - Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) - a leader in providing relationship and venture capital SM services to entrepreneurs - announced the formation of a new fund, the KPCB Pandemic and Bio Defense Fund.

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