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11:45 AM ET, February 15, 2008

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David Benjamin / EE Times:
Users' love affair with iPhone stumps Mobile World panel  —  BARCELONA, Spain — A blue-ribbon panel of human behavior and technology experts at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain agreed that the best recent advance in the mobile telecommunications user space came …
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Google iPhone usage shocks search giant  —  Google on Wednesday said it has seen 50 times more search requests coming from Apple iPhones than any other mobile handset — a revelation so astonishing that the company originally suspected it had made an error culling its own data.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Using the Mobile Web is a Sticky Proposition
Discussion: eWeek, The Register, BBC NEWS and VoIP Blog
Arn / MacRumors:   Apple iPhone's Ease of Use Encouraging Mobile Internet Usage
Nick / Rough Type:
Crash: Amazon's S3 utility goes down  —  There are reports that Amazon's Simple Storage Service - called S3 - suffered a “massive” outage this morning, beginning at about 7:30 am eastern time.  At 9:03, an Amazon official posted a note in the service's customer forum, saying, “We can confirm the high error rate you're experiencing.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon's S3 Storage Chokes, Startups Gag
Discussion: BlueBlog
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Amazon S3 Storage Down?
Jon Henshaw / Sitening Blog:   Lights Out for [Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)] all of Amazon …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Can anyone stop this man?
Business Week:
Building the Perfect Laptop  —  The superslim ThinkPad X300 is Lenovo's bid for leadership in the high-stakes world of laptops  —  “Phyllis!  Get me one of those interoffice mail envelopes!”  —  It was just after lunchtime on Jan. 15, and Peter Hortensius was storming through the cubicles …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Lenovo X300 vs. Apple MacBook Air... Fight!
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Digg
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Tests Video Ads on Search Results Pages  —  Google has always had a love-hate relationship with advertising.  Its power and wealth come from the $16 billion a year of advertising that it sells.  Yet on its most important pages, the results from its Web search engine …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Google to test video ads in search; Will there be a revolt?
Hollywood Reporter:
Toshiba to drop HD DVD, sources say  —  Company says no decision has been made  —  The format war has turned into a format death watch.  —  Toshiba is widely expected to pull the plug on its HD DVD format sometime in the coming weeks, reliable industry sources say, after a rash …
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Electronista:
Toshiba to axe HD DVD in weeks?
Discussion: Macsimum News and SlashGear
Louise Story / New York Times:
4 News Companies Ally to Sell Ads on the Internet  —  Four large newspaper companies are joining forces to sell advertisements on the Internet, hoping that the combined heft of their Web sites will encourage large advertisers to spend more money.  —  Each of the four companies …
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Yahoo! Video Blog:
Welcome to the All-New Yahoo! Video  —  Hey Yahoo! Video viewers and creators (and those that do both),  —  Notice anything different about Yahoo! Video?  As you can tell we've really changed things around here.  And it's much more than a facelift.  It's an all-new site and I'm really excited about it.
Bradley Horowitz / Elatable:
On Leaving Yahoo...  Leaving Yahoo.  —  Yes, it's true.  I've left Yahoo.  —  It was somewhat overwhelming sifting through the barrage of reactions over the last 48 hours: “Thanks for all you've done”, “How could you?!”, “Congrats!”, etc.  It's fascinating to watch people react.
Discussion: PDA, Insider Chatter, Bits and Valleywag
New York Post:
BOARD BUCKS YANG  —  YAHOO! DEAL CONCERN  —  While Yahoo! chief Jerry Yang desperately seeks an alternative to Microsoft's $44.6 billion hostile takeover, an independent group of Yahoo!'s board members are taking the lead in shaping the company's future.  —  The informal group is being led by Yahoo! …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
What's Microsoft Offering Open Source On February 27?  —  First Scoble writes about something so amazing from Microsoft it makes him cry and will be world changing.  Then Long Zheng spots the above page via an email pitch linking to opensourcehero that redirects here.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
An Outsider's Flawed View Of Silicon Valley  —  Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman wrote a blog post a couple of days ago comparing Silicon Valley unfavorably to the Seattle tech scene.  —  I spend a lot of time in both places, and I think some of his observations are correct (people here compete to the death, people there go hiking).
Electronista:
Best Buy runs dry of 15-inch MacBook Pro  —  Retailer Best Buy is no longer stocking any 15-inch MacBook Pro online, according to reader reports.  The mid-range 2.4GHz model is listed as “sold out” and therefore unavailable; the base 2.2GHz version is listed as backordered and unavailable for between 1-2 weeks.
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Chris Peredun / DailyTech:
GeForce 8 To Get Software PhysX Engine  —  NVIDIA's purchase of AGEIA leads to a PhysX-on-CUDA port  —  With the announcement earlier this month of NVIDIA's acquisition of AGEIA, rumours began to fly immediately surrounding the future of dedicated physics hardware — and it now appears …
Discussion: The Tech Report and TechSpot News
 
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Secret recipe inside Intel's latest competitor
Discussion: GigaOM
Business Wire:
CORRECTING and REPLACING Basic Fun Launches Guitar Hero Carabiner …
Discussion: Engadget and Crave
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Google Android's Java SDK Hopes To Leave iPhone In The Dust
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Best Buy: Home theater; MP3 players; digital cameras and video game sales soft
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Clueless retailers lead to calls for oversight on DTV switch
Discussion: U.S. PIRG
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Revver is acquired amid spike in interest
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Will Microsoft's Executive Shuffle Scare Yahoo?
Discussion: Open Source and CNET News.com
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Yahoo Video relaunches, and hints at video on Flickr
 Earlier Items: 
Rex Hammock / rexblog.com:
Twitter is something you'll never understand, so stop trying
George Ou / Zero Day:
Opera accuses Mozilla of irresponsible disclosure
Discussion: my.opera.com
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
EMC deal could bring SAP software to smaller firms
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Are you breathing while emailing or Twittering?
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Is the iPhone the Ultimate eBook Reader?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
8aweek To Help You Kick That Internet Time Wasting Addiction
Discussion: Lifehacker
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Forrester Report: Online Community Best Practices