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7:20 PM ET, February 26, 2007

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft to Buy Health Information Search Engine  —  Microsoft's drive into the health care market is just getting under way, but the company signaled on Monday that one important ingredient in its plan will be a specialized search engine tailored to deliver useful medical information to consumers.
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft buying search firm in health-care push
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Microsoft buys health search engine, Medstory
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   What's really behind Microsoft's healthcare push?
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:   Microsoft to acquire search start-up Medstory
Alan Saracevic / The Technology Chronicles:
Microsoft buys Medstory
Discussion: WebProNews and StartupSquad.com
New York Times:
An Ad Upstart Forces Google to Open Up a Little  —  Google and Yahoo have been fighting it out over which company will dominate the online advertising business, with Google maintaining the upper hand so far.  —  But in the competition for contextual text ads — those small sponsored links …
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Jenstar / JenSense:
Google to begin sharing URLs where AdWords advertiser's ads are being run  —  The New York Times ran an article about Quigo, a contextual advertising company that targets premium sized publishers.  In the story, comments from both Yahoo & Google were included.
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
The billion-dollar question—Joe Schmo wins
Discussion: Web X.0 and Traffick
New York Times:
Google in Content Deal With Media Companies  —  Google built an empire delivering advertisements across the Internet, and now it plans to distribute content from media companies just as aggressively.  —  Google is working with Dow Jones & Company, Condé Nast, Sony BMG Music Entertainment …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
EMI: DRM stays  —  EMI has broken off talks with digital music download services about providing a DRM-free repertoire.  —  EMI was always tipped as the most likely of the "Big Four" to break ranks with its peers and supply music unencumbered by DRM.  It's the smallest of the four major labels …
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Problems arise with Vista's validation  —  Last year, when Microsoft announced a new anti-piracy infrastructure for Windows Vista, I was skeptical.  Here's what I wrote at the time: … And now, only weeks after the retail launch of Windows Vista, early Vista adopters are experiencing a wave of validation and activation problems.
Discussion: Monkey Bites and raving lunacy
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Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com:
DVD Playback In Vista: It All Depends
Discussion: Mobility Site
Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
Apple, Samsung, Sandisk sued over MP3  —  Texas MP3 Technologies claims the companies infringed its patent covering 'an MPEG portable sound reproducing system'  —  Little-known Texas MP3 Technologies is taking on Apple, Samsung Electronics, and Sandisk with a patent-infringement lawsuit.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
New Hot Properties: YouTube Celebrities  —  No one would mistake the Ask a Jew guy for Lonelygirl15, but these days YouTube contributor Shmuel Tennenhaus is feeling like a hot commodity.  —  Mr. Tennenhaus, an aspiring comedy writer who gained a modest following on YouTube for his droll question …
Discussion: Cost Per News, Reel Pop and A VC
Lewis Page / The Register:
Windows for Warships nears frontline service  —  Analysis Everyone knows the differences between Windows and other operating systems.  Steve Jobs has recently spent colossal sums telling us that most malware is written for Windows; also that using Windows is no fun and, even worse, seems to involve wearing a tie.
Discussion: Mobility Site and Slashdot
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Sony announces cheaper Blu-ray player  —  NEW YORK - Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news). said Monday it is bringing out a cheaper player for Blu-ray discs early this summer, a crucial step in its battle to make the high-definition format the replacement for DVDs.  —  The BDP-S300 will cost $599 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Engadget HD
Daniel E. Slotnik / New York Times:
Too Few Friends?  A Web Site Lets You Buy Some (and They're Hot)  —  Popularity was never easily measured, until the advent of social-networking sites.  Now, prospective employers and others can gain some insights into an applicant's lifestyle and character by looking at a person's social-networking page …
Cho Jin-seo / KoreaTimes:
Samsung Sisters Vie for LCD Record  —  Samsung SDI has developed the slimmest liquid crystal display (LCD) for mobile phones, breaking the record set by its sister firm Samsung Electronics only three months ago.  —  The display maker said the new prototype module is only 0.74 millimeters thick …
biz.yahoo.com:
Yahoo!: Time for Plan B  —  Eric Jackson submits: What's a long-term path for success for Yahoo! (NasdaqGS: YHOO)?  Long after Panama has been rolled out, the company needs a strategic shift in direction and some important structural changes in its leadership and governance to put …
Discussion: TechCrunch and WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Quintura Visual Search Engine Relaunches  —  At around 8 AM PST this morning, Moscow-based search engine Quintura will relaunch its visual search engine with a new user interface (if it looks like the screen shot below, it's launched).  —  The company, which is backed by Mangrove Capital Partners …
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Exclusive Video Leaked: iPod Firmware Coming, Enables Cover Flow  —  A little birdie told us that a firmware update for iPods is coming soon, giving you that same Cover Flow view that you've grown to love in iTunes now.  See it in action, right here.  —  The tipster also tells us …
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
 
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo Desktop 2.4 Public Beta Released
Phil Harton / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Better badware notifications for webmasters
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
BitTorrent goes commercial; execs toast move with New Coke
Discussion: GigaOM and Memex 1.1
Daniel Jalkut / Red Sweater Blog:
MarsEdit 1.1.3  —  When the news went out last Thursday …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Social Bookmarking 101: You gotta own your bury/sink. …
Newlaunches.com:
Mirage 3D Hologram Generator
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Wall Street Journal:
Radar Returns for a Third Try in the Buzz Business
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
KVM steals virtualization spotlight
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Red-light district on a tiny mobile screen
Mike / Techdirt:
Is It Still Theft Of Service If It's Using The Free WiFi At The Library?
WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
WHERE WE'RE HEADED WITH VIRTUALIZATION  —  Hi, Mike Neil here.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube and Google Video Player in Google SERPs: This Is EVIL
Jeannie Choe / Engadget:
Linux users tell Ballmer to put his code where his mouth is
Wall Street Journal:
Tech Giants to Unveil Power-Usage Plan
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Turn Gmail Into Your Personal Nerve Center