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7:50 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?
Discussion: O'Reilly ONLamp Blog
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: Traffick and Web X.0
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 …
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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Dwight / TechBlog:
Updated: What happens when Windows Vista isn't activated
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
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, A VC and digg
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.
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
BBC:
Wireless users 'do more online'  —  People who use wireless internet "show deeper engagement with cyberspace," according to an American study.  —  While 54% of internet users check e-mail "on the typical day," 72% of wireless users check daily.  —  Just under half of wireless users …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple TV — now due mid-March
Discussion: NewTeeVee and digg
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Universality of the web widget
Discussion: Netvibes.com Blog
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. …
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Mirage 3D Hologram Generator
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Radar Returns for a Third Try in the Buzz Business
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
KVM steals virtualization spotlight
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Red-light district on a tiny mobile screen
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
EMI: DRM stays
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
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Turn Gmail Into Your Personal Nerve Center