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7:10 PM ET, February 24, 2008

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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft launches private beta of Internet Explorer 8  —  Microsoft has sent out a letter to a select group of beta testers offering a chance to participate in a technical preview of Internet Explorer 8 beta 1.  —  There's not a whole heck of a lot of information about what IE8 will look like, what features it has, or anything else.
Discussion: Bb's RealTech
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John Quigley / ActiveWin.com:
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1  —  Greetings from the Internet Explorer Team!  We are nearing the launch of Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 and we will be making it available for the general public to download and test.  IE8 Beta 1 is focused on the developer community …
Discussion: UMPC Buzz and SEO and Tech Daily
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Private IE 8 beta 1 test build coming soon
Discussion: Mashable!
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Updated: Electronic Arts Makes a $2 Billion Cash Bid For Take-Two; TT Rejects Again, But Door Open  —  Updated below: Electronic Arts (NSDQ: ERTS) has made a $2 billion cash bid for Take-Two Interactive, best known for “Grand Theft Auto”, “Madden” and “Need for Speed”.
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Business Wire:
Take-Two Interactive Software's Board Rejects Electronic Arts' Unsolicited Proposal as Inadequate  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The Board of Directors of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO - News) today confirmed that it has received an unsolicited proposal from Electronic Arts Inc. …
Associated Press:
Microsoft Pulls Plug on HD DVD Players  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft Corp. said it will stop making HD DVD players for its Xbox 360 video game system after Toshiba Corp. ceded the high-definition video format battle to Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray.  —  Microsoft said Saturday it would continue …
Discussion: Crave and Slashdot
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
After HD DVD Drop, Toshiba Spends $835M to Back PS3
Discussion: CrunchGear, DSLreports and Slashdot
USA Today:
Online auction listings down 13% in boycott of eBay  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The biggest boycott by eBay (EBAY) sellers concludes Monday, capping a week of acrimony after the online-auction site raised fees and changed its feedback policy.  —  Auction listings on eBay.com dropped some 13% since …
Slorker:
A Haunting Live Soap Opera: A Surveillance ScreenSaver  —  SurveillanceSaver is a screensaver which shows live images of over 400 network surveillance cameras worldwide.  Yep, when your computer is idle you'll get to see a live feed of what's going on in other parts of the world.
Discussion: Mashable!
David Ulevitch / OpenDNS System:
Youtube down, not OpenDNS  —  Youtube.com is down right now because Pakistan Telecom has decided to (accidentally probably) hijack their IP address space which means that nobody in the world can reach Youtube.  This isn't an OpenDNS issue.  Just letting you all know. :-)  —  This is now fixed.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Ad spending moving from portals to search, entertainment sites  —  For online advertising, the word is that portals are out, but search, entertainment, and social network sites are in.  —  That's according to a report released on Sunday by Avenue A/Razorfish, the ad agency part …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
PMOG, the playful web, and some brilliant stuff that almost changed the world (Virtual Places and Third Voice)  —  It's not often I find something online that I find absolutely frackin' brilliant, but at Foo Camp last year I got a glimpse of PMOG and I new it was important.
Charlie Anzman / SEO and Tech Daily:
Shared feed mania - What's in it for YOU?  —  I started using Google's Shared Reader about 8 months ago, when it appeared that the entire tech (SEM?) community was using it (and yes, Twitter) to stay abreast of what was going on around them.  —  About two months ago, I inserted a subscribe link …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Maybe Microsoft Should Stalk Different Prey  —  OVER the years, Microsoft has pummeled countless rivals, including the superheavyweight I.B.M. But it has never faced a smaller foe as formidable as Google.  The tale of the tape gives Microsoft a $100 billion advantage in market capitalization …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Should Buy SAP Instead of Yahoo
Discussion: CNET News.com
 
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Richard Stiennon / Threat Chaos:
Pakistan declares war on YouTube
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Heavy demand for multilingual hackers in global spam market
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
Two Social Media Camps in the Enterprise
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Wii Tetris: homebrew edition
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Palm Emulator for iPhone and Touch Looks Good, Bad
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will There Be A (Successful) iPhone-Only Social Network?
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Comment of the Day: “Google Docs is Chock Full of Fail”
Discussion: Squash, Scobleizer and Ryan Stewart