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10:15 AM ET, February 21, 2008

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Price May Be Steep, But Thin ThinkPad Has Abundant Features  —  I am writing these words on a new laptop computer that packs a full-size screen and keyboard into a body that's quite thin and light.  And it has a solid-state drive with no moving parts instead of a hard disk.
Associated Press:
Google ventures into health records biz  —  SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — Google Inc. will begin storing the medical records of a few thousand people as it tests a long-awaited health service that's likely to raise more concerns about the volume of sensitive information entrusted to the Internet search leader.
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Steve Lohr / Bits:
Google Health Begins Its Preseason at Cleveland Clinic  —  For 18 months, Google has been working to come up with a product offering and a strategy in the promising field of consumer health information.  Until now, the search giant hasn't had anything to show for its labors other than bumps along the way …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Launching AdSense for Video - Minus the Video  —  After nearly a year in closed beta, Google is expected to announce tonight that its AdSense for Video program is now open to publishers.  When the program's pilot was announced last May, AdSense for Video was intended to serve up video-in-video ads.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Plans Push to Sell Ads to Appear Inside Videos
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
YuMe Serving Google AdSense For Video Ads
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Google Finally Launches AdSense for Video
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Mashable!
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Sorry, Boys, This Is Our Domain  —  THE prototypical computer whiz of popular imagination — pasty, geeky, male — has failed to live up to his reputation.  —  Research shows that among the youngest Internet users, the primary creators of Web content (blogs, graphics, photographs, Web sites) …
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Adobe is pushing DRM into Flash  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted a story that says Adobe Pushes DRM for Flash, and obviously they're against it.  The story says: … The DMCA bans tools that help “circumvent” any DRM system (as well as the act of circumvention) so this could stop people remixing them.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Why Is Adobe Trying To Add DRM To Flash?
Seth Schoen / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Adobe Pushes DRM for Flash
Discussion: TeleRead
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Facebook sees first dip in UK users  —  Facebook has suffered its first fall in UK users, with a 5% drop between December and January, according to new figures.  —  However, Facebook still had 8.5 million unique users in January and remains the most popular social networking website in the UK …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
M&A Bankers on Yahoo-Microsoft: Done Deal  —  We canvassed a couple of Wall Street M&A moguls last night for their thoughts on how the Microsoft-Yahoo (MSFT/YHOO) deal would play out.  Their thoughts:  — It's a done deal.  — Jerry's language in his “letter to shareholders” was a bold move.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
T-Mobile aiming for home phones with new service  —  It turns out the Wi-Fi home phone service that T-Mobile USA launched last summer was just the beginning.  —  Today, the Bellevue-based wireless carrier is dramatically stepping up its effort to take over your home phone service …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
T-Mobile trials HotSpot @Home Talk Forever Home Phone in Seattle, Dallas
Discussion: DSLreports, Phone Scoop and VoIP Blog
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Retailer warns Sony not to abuse its newfound Blu-ray position: Consumers like regular DVD just fine  —  Hold your horses, sports fans.  Don't go declaring Blu-ray the winner of anything just yet, despite the fact that Toshiba original story titlethrew in the towel this week.
Discussion: Electronista and GamesIndustry.biz
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Thomas K. Arnold / Hollywood Reporter:
Paramount seals Blu-ray sweep
Electronista:
Microsoft preps mystery “significant” news...  Microsoft will make a “significant company announcement” within hours, the firm announced today.  Without providing details, the software developer notes that it will hold a mid-day conference and makes clear that the news is unrelated to its attempted acquisition of Yahoo.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and CNET News.com
Billboard:
Linkin Park Rocks Apple Store At Secret Show  —  Linkin Park rocked a crowd of contest winners and industry personnel just after midnight Thursday (Feb. 21) at the Apple Store in New York's Soho neighborhood, in what served as an intimate warm-up for a show tonight at the city's Madison Square Garden.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Friend Spam Is The Worst Kind Of All  —  Facebook announced a number of steps today to battle the growing problem of application spam - stuff that is sent from your Facebook friends asking you to try out new services.  Generally, applications force users to send these invitations in order to get access to the more interesting features.
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
The hands-free way to steal a credit card  —  WASHINGTON D.C.—Adam Laurie, an RFID security expert, used the Black Hat DC 2008 conference here, to demonstrate a new Python script he's working on to read the contents of smart-chip-enabled credit cards.  —  As part of his presentation Wednesday …
Discussion: eWeek
CBC News:
International hacking network busted, Quebec police say  —  Computers in Manitoba, the United States, Poland and Brazil targeted in scam  —  Quebec provincial police say they've dismantled a computer hacking network that targeted unprotected personal computers around the world.
Bill Ray / The Register:
Why is Microsoft dancing with Danger?  —  Analysis The world may have missed it in the fuss over the Yahoo! bid, but last week Microsoft announced it had agreed to acquire Danger Inc, for a reported $500m.  The purchase is indicative of Microsoft's aspirations as a provider of back-end services …
 
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Phil McKenna / New Scientist:
Airport security prize announced
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: TheStreet.com Q4 Revs Up 38 Percent; Net Income Up 19 Percent
James Rivington / All News Feeds:
Toshiba HD DVD players stripped of dignity
Market Wire:
Research In Motion Provides Updated Subscriber Forecast
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iLike Launches Artist News Stream - Users Triple since Last July To 22 Million
Discussion: Last.fm
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Release it here: Limited edition Nintendo DS with matte finish …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Stanford camera chip can see in 3D
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Gizmodo:
Leaked RIAA Training Video: Find Pirates, Find Crack-Dealing …
Discussion: Techdirt
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iBand: like the Velvet Underground, but with iPhones
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Yakov / Quintura blog:
Is Google Acquiring Ukrainian Web Portal Bigmir)net for $100 Million?
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's Bravia F-series is no wallflower
Discussion: Gizmodo
David Dalka:
Google Creates Alumni Relations Program Manager Position
Tom / New Scientist Technology Blog:
Warning: this technology may prove addictive
Discussion: TechWeb and Slashdot
nextgendesigncomp.com:
Momenta, the PC for Life
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple: Have a keyboard update! Oh, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge dismisses malicious prosecution lawsuit against RIAA
Discussion: RSS