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8:05 PM ET, February 27, 2007

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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Creating Engaging User Experiences  —  Adobe's holding a special product preview summit today called Engage, focused on Adobe's new tools for creating engaging user experiences.  I love Adobe's framing of "engaging user experiences" as a touchstone for the web going forward.
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Ryan Stewart:
Apollo Reaction from Engage  —  I'm sitting in the Engage keynote by Kevin Lynch and when he started talking about Apollo, the questions from the audience really started ramping up.  It's very interesting to see people like Ben Galbraith from Ajaxian ask about being able to access native code …
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
GooTube lookout: Jeremy Allaire debuts "Aftermix" as part of a re-tooled Brightcove  —  Shortly after Adobe's senior vice president and chief architect Kevin Lynch gave an overview of the company's roadmap for its Apollo platform here at the company's Engage event, developers who are working …
Discussion: Mashable!
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Adobe starts opening the kimono on its Apollo platform
Discussion: TechCrunch
Cote / People Over Process:   Adobe Engage: Good Morning Apollo
Jason Busch / SpendMatters:
Vista, Office and Outlook 2007 are a Nightmare  —  Hey, category managers in charge of IT spend.  Want to make yourself a friend of the business for life?  I've got a secret for you: don't rubberstamp your CIO's decision to upgrade to Vista or Office 2007.  In fact, tack on a big "reject" to the request or the requisition.
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Chris Pirillo:
Windows Vista: I'm Breaking up with You  —  No, seriously.  When I have the time, I'm "upgrading" from Windows Vista to Windows XP.  My keyboard is completely ambiguous.  —  I stand by my original assertion that the shipping version of this OS is late beta, at best.
Sony:
SONY UNVEILS SEVEN HOME THEATER SYSTEMS  —  Sony Electronics today unveiled seven home theater systems.  —  Three of the new systems are being called BRAVIA™ Theater to complement select models of Sony's market leading line of flat-panel BRAVIA LCD televisions.
Discussion: Engadget HD and Gizmodo
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Sony:
SONY UNVEILS FIRST BRAVIA FLAT-PANEL LCD HDTVs WITH INTERNET VIDEO …
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
Business Wire:
Carl Icahn Invests $50 Million in Motricity  —  Funding Fuels Motricity's Continued Growth and Expansion  —  DURHAM, N.C.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Motricity, a leading provider of mobile content services and solutions, today announced the completion of $50 million in equity funding from Carl Icahn …
Discussion: The Browser and StartupSquad.com
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Can Icahn Help Motricity?
Robert Mullins / InfoWorld:
Patent reform tops list of tech concerns  —  Tech execs urge Congress to reintroduce legislation aimed at speeding the patent process  —  Technology industry executives are pushing the U.S. Congress to reform the way patents are issued in order to process them more quickly while also making sure they are legitimate.
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Integrated voice coming to 'Second Life'  —  Second Life users who want to chat up those cute avatars across the virtual room can soon try to lure them over with voice rather than text.  —  Next week, Second Life publisher Linden Lab plans to unveil a small beta trial in which, for the first time …
Discussion: Ministry of Tech
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Alex Veiga / Associated Press:   Virtual Designers Busy in Online Worlds
Sony:
SONY'S CHARMING CYBER-SHOT DIGITAL CAMERAS BECOME THE LIFE OF THE PARTY  —  Sony is introducing a line of slim and stylish Cyber-shot T-series cameras that are destined to be the fashionista crowd's favorite party companion.  —  The 8-megapixel DSC-T100 camera is a showstopper …
Kelly Hill / RCR Wireless News:
Verizon Wireless to launch Vcast Mobile TV March 1  —  Verizon Wireless will begin offering mobile television on March 1, according to coverage maps on the carrier's Web site.  —  No further details were offered, and the maps offered the caveat that mobile TV would be available only in "select markets" on March 1.
Paul F. Roberts / InfoWorld:
Battle brewing over RFID chip-hacking demo  —  Card maker HID calls foul over Black Hat presentation  —  Secure card maker HID Corp. is objecting to a demonstration of a hacking tool at this week's Black Hat Federal security conference in Washington, D.C. that could make it easy to clone …
Think Secret:
Gallery: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard build 9A343  —  Apple seeded developers last month with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard build 9A343, which remains the most recent and offered a number of improvements over its predecessor, build 9A321.  —  While stability remains questionable, with many applications …
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
SanDisk Read-Only Card Would Replace Flash in Cameras  —  SanDisk, which leads the market in retail flash memory, plans to offer a cheap read-only memory card designed to store photos for 100 years.  —  The memory company, which used the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show as a springboard …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Kotaku:
Mortal Kombat II For PS3 Next Month  —  It looks like Midway's 1993 arcade hit Mortal Kombat II will be the first of six Sony Online Entertainment published titles to hit the PLAYSTAITON 3 when it makes its debut on the PlayStation Store in March.  The remaining titles, including Gauntlet II …
Discussion: Joystiq and DigitalBattle
Laura Foy / Channel 10:
Vista Gadgets running on Windows Mobile  —  Windows Vista has so many great features and I know a favorite at the top of everybody's list are the gadgets.  "But Laura..." you say..."I love my gadgets so MUCH that I wish I could take them with me everywhere!"
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Why Valley VCs Are Like the Mob  —  It's a well-established truth of today's Silicon Valley that startups don't really need venture capital.  The triple-A business model of "Ajax, AdSense, and arrogance" provides most consumer Web startups with enough revenues, courtesy Google's (GOOG) advertising network, to get by.
Discussion: Valleywag
Claire Atkinson / AdAge:
Google Lays Groundwork for TV Scatter Sales Sortie  —  Advertises for TV Ad Chief, Negotiates to Peddle Upfront Spillover  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Google is looking for a head of national TV sales.  The recruitment ad, posted on its website, says the winning candidate will build a …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
CLIPMARKS: TINY NIBBLES OF WEB CONTENT  —  Clipmarks, a Web bookmarking service, launches its 2.0 version today.  Previously, the service made it possible to snip paragraphs and pictures from Web pages and save them.  Today, the service launches its new, supergranular version …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Grows the Pie  —  Last month we featured measurement from Compete.com of the top 20 online video sites, according to its panel.  Compete ranks according to "sessions" spent on a site, but it's interesting to note that the number of unique visitors to one or more of the top 20 sites …
Discussion: Beet.TV and Screenwerk
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Outside.in Gets Cash for Geocoding the Blogosphere  —  After developing their product on their own for six months, New York based Outside.in received financing from angels and three venture firms: Union Square Ventures, Milestone Venture Partners, and Village Ventures.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Kazaa's Creators Do Latest Venture by the Book  —  Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis made names for themselves as renegade Internet entrepreneurs by taking conventional tasks like talking on the phone or listening to music and giving consumers an unconventional — and free — way to do it.
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
Final version of Parallels Desktop released as free update (updated)  —  Is it a sad commentary on our zeitgeist that the actual release of a piece of software, rather than a new beta, feels slightly disappointing?  We're so used to running beta software these days (yes, I'm looking at you …
Sony:
SONY INTRODUCES ENERGY LINK USB PORTABLE POWER SUPPLY AND ADAPTOR  —  Today's growing mobile market can now power up most portable, USB-compatible electronics devices virtually anytime, anywhere thanks to Sony's new USB portable power supply, which, when fully charged, can give hours of play time.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
 
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Peter / The Local Onliner:
TurnHere: Local Video Network For Hire
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Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Sequoia Capital vs. ComVentures
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
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Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
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 Earlier Items: 
Matt Slagle / Associated Press:
Match.com to announce overseas expansion
Business Wire:
Dolby Signs Agreement to Acquire BrightSide
Discussion: alarm:clock and Engadget HD
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gizmo 3.0, Voice for all IMs
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Why Can't Programmers.. Program?
BBC:
Burgers paid for by mobile phone