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8:55 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
Discussion: alarm:clock and CNET News.com
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Microsoft buys health search engine, Medstory
Discussion: StartupSquad.com
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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Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
The billion-dollar question—Joe Schmo wins
Discussion: Traffick and Web X.0
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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, A VC and digg
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
Mike / Techdirt:
Howard Berman Blames Pharmaceutical Industry For Holding Up Patent Reform  —  from the not-surprising dept  —  I'm spending today down at the first Tech Policy Summit down in San Jose.  The group putting this together has done a great job bringing out some big names, though the attendance …
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 …
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
Royal Pingdom:
What the Web's most popular sites are running on  —  With its Web 2.0 focus it is easily one of the most popular blogs out there.  Linked to by over 15,400 other blogs according to Technorati makes it the 5th most popular blog on the Web.  Technorati also has 151,000 feed subscribers according to Feedburner.
 
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Which Videos Are Protected? Lawmakers Get a Lesson
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Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
EngineYard & future of Web 2.0 infrastructure
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
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 …
 Earlier Items: 
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
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Red-light district on a tiny mobile screen
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
EMI: DRM stays
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Quintura Visual Search Engine Relaunches
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube and Google Video Player in Google SERPs: This Is EVIL