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12:00 AM ET, February 27, 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.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch Blog and 901am
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Microsoft buys health search engine, Medstory
Discussion: StartupSquad.com
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft buying search firm in health-care push
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: Web X.0 and Traffick
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Apple TV to be delayed until mid-March  —  We've seen a great deal of hype, speculation and prognosticating regarding the upcoming Apple TV over the past few weeks, and now it appears we'll have to wait a few more weeks to see if it lives up to expectations and becomes a must-have item like the iPod.
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Reuters:
Apple TV debut delayed until mid-March
Discussion: Gizmodo, Monkey Bites and NewTeeVee
Reuters:   Launch of Apple TV device delayed
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple TV — now due mid-March
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
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
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Sony chops price on Blu-ray player  —  Sony has announced its plans to slash the price of high definition, according the Associated Press.  At a New York press conference, Sony talked up its forthcoming BDP-S300 Blu-ray player.  The big selling point?  Its $599 price.
Discussion: Neowin.net
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
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
People with WiFi spend more time online
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
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Which Videos Are Protected?  Lawmakers Get a Lesson  —  As the new Congress experiments with the wide world of blogging and video clips, members are learning the complexities of copyright law, much the way the casual YouTube user has learned that there are corporations out there that own …
Dwight / TechBlog:
Updated: What happens when Windows Vista isn't activated  —  Windows Vista, like Windows XP before it, requires that you activate it via a Microsoft server.  In what amounts to a trial period, you have 30 days of use before it must be activated.  —  Late last week, I found out what happens when you don't activate Vista.
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Problems arise with Vista's validation
Discussion: Monkey Bites and raving lunacy
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Social Bookmarking 101: You gotta own your bury/sink.  (or How Kevin Rose is painting himself into a corner).  —  Kevin Rose is getting called out again today for the mob-like behavior of the "digg kids."  —  For those of you who haven't been on the receiving end of the "digg kids mob," …
Discussion: 901am
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 …
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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 More Items: 
Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
EngineYard & future of Web 2.0 infrastructure
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
KVM steals virtualization spotlight
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
EMI: DRM stays
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Quintura Visual Search Engine Relaunches
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
New Hot Properties: YouTube Celebrities
Discussion: Cost Per News, Reel Pop, A VC and digg
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Turn Gmail Into Your Personal Nerve Center