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4:47 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.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Microsoft buys health search engine, Medstory
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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
Reuters:
Apple TV debut delayed until mid-March  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Computer and entertainment devices maker Apple (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile , Research) will delay until mid-March its Apple TV device for playing computer-based video on television sets, a spokeswoman said on Monday.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple TV — now due mid-March
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Reuters:   Launch of Apple TV device delayed
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
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 …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ning In Full  —  I have to hand it to Ning - it took them well over a year after their initial beta launch to fulfill their initial promise of allowing "anyone" to create social applications, but they've done it.  Ning relaunches tonight with new functionality and an interface that allows …
Discussion: GigaOM, Mashable! and franticindustries
Paul Rubens / BBC:
Three hacker teams unlock the PSP  —  Computer hackers have scored a victory in their battle against Sony and the way the company controls its PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld games console.  —  Sony sells its PSP with built-in software, known as firmware, which controls how the console operates.
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and Computerworld Blogs
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Universality of the web widget  —  Netvibes announced a "Universal Widget API" at last week's Future of Web Apps conference in London, promising a write-once run anywhere widget environment using an open-source widget runtime.  The new widget system encourages publishers to author widgets using …
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Can Video Help Save the Satellite Radio Business?  —  If the plan to merge XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio is approved, one result may be less music and less talk radio beamed into cars around the country.  —  The reasons for that, however, will have nothing to do with regulators.
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
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 …
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Jack Malvern / Times of London:
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Doreen Carvajal / International Herald Tribune:
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Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
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Google Blogoscoped:
Creative Commons 3.0 Available
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Want the iPhone, but need to ditch your carrier? Try Cellswapper
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace: Why We Block Widgets
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Ian Murdock / Ian Murdock's Weblog:
Google Calendar adds free/busy scheduling
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Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
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Phil Harton / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Better badware notifications for webmasters
Daniel Jalkut / Red Sweater Blog:
MarsEdit 1.1.3  —  When the news went out last Thursday …
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Daniel E. Slotnik / New York Times:
Too Few Friends? A Web Site Lets You Buy Some (and They're Hot)
Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
Apple, Samsung, Sandisk sued over MP3