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5:30 AM ET, February 25, 2008

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Adobe Blurs Line Between PC and Web  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On sabbatical in 2001 from Macromedia, Kevin Lynch, a software developer, was frustrated that he could not get to his Web data when he was off the Internet and annoyed that he could not get to his PC data when he was traveling.
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InfoWorld:
Adobe melds desktop, Web apps with AIR  —  Bridging the gap between desktop and Web applications, Adobe Systems is set to ship today its AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) 1.0 technology for melding applications from both of these realms.  Formerly known by its code name Apollo …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews.net:
New York Times Launching Its Mobile-To-PC Content Sharing Service  —  The New York Times Co (NYSE: NYT). is launching a service today called ShifD that sends your content to the cloud to make it easily accessible from your computer, phone or other devices.  The service works like this …
BBC:
YouTube outage blamed on Pakistan  —  Pakistan's attempts to block access to YouTube have been blamed for a near global blackout of the site on Sunday.  —  Google, the owner of YouTube, blamed the outage on “erroneous internet protocols”, sourced in Pakistan
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Wired News:
Free!  Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business  —  At the age of 40, King Gillette was a frustrated inventor, a bitter anticapitalist, and a salesman of cork-lined bottle caps.  It was 1895, and despite ideas, energy, and wealthy parents, he had little to show for his work.  He blamed the evils of market competition.
Discussion: Boing Boing, Clickety Clack and Gawker
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Nintendo's Wii makes an Oscar appearance  —  During the Academy Awards Sunday night, host Jon Stewart came back from a commercial break playing ‘Wii Tennis’  —  It was a big night for Hollywood Sunday night, what with the biggest stars and best films being celebrated at the 80th Academy Awards.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone, Wii guests on stage at this year's Oscars
Discussion: SMS Text News
New York Times:
Studios Try to Save the DVD  —  A winner has finally been declared in Hollywood's high-definition DVD war.  So why isn't there more cheering?  —  In the 1980s, the triumph of VHS over Betamax helped develop the lucrative home entertainment market.  DVDs, introduced in the 1990s …
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Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
Nearly a million users, and no spam or trolls  —  I was going to write some thoughts about Twitter last night, but got sidetracked by a Halo 3 session at Diego's house, only to wake up this morning and see that Howard just happened to put his thoughts about it out there today as well.
Daniel Terdiman / Webware.com:
Plants that Twitter when they need to be watered  —  If you thought it was bad enough that all your friends, and even your mother, want you to keep up with them via their Twitter pages, your plants could now do the same.  —  That's because the folks at Botanicalls, a group that formed …
Discussion: MAKE Magazine and Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Goes Mobile—Finally  —  Six months after Facebook came out with a version of its social network for the iPhone, LinkedIn is finally coming around to releasing a mobile version of its own.  —  It is live now.  Just go to http://m.linkedin.com/ on any mobile browser.
Discussion: Computerworld and Mashable!
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Brandon Duncan / The LinkedIn Blog:
Announcing LinkedIn Mobile (includes an iPhone version)
Discussion: Webware.com
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Blogged.com launches blog directory and reviews  —  Blogged.com, a new blog rating service, officially launches Monday.  The service has a decent catalog of blogs in its archive, and could be a useful tool if you're looking for blogs on a particular topic, or looking for yet more blogs to read.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blogged Hopes to Become the Yelp of Blog Directories
Discussion: Patricia, Inc.
Wall Street Journal:
Online Ad Networks Raise Big Money In Latest Efforts  —  Glam Media and Adconion Media Group separately plan to announce today the completion of new funding rounds, as online advertising networks continue to raise big money from investors despite concerns that a consumer slowdown could spill over into the Internet ad market.
One Microsoft Way:
IE8 beta 1 coming to testers soon, to public afterwards  —  Microsoft has sent an e-mail to a select number of its previous beta testers regarding the upcoming release of IE8 beta 1 … Microsoft has previously said it is focusing on developers (read: web standards) with version 8 …
Discussion: Ajaxian and SEO and Tech Daily
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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Fred Weber's MetaRAM makes its debut in server memory chip set technology  —  Fred Weber should be on everyone's radar.  He's the former chip architect of Advanced Micro Devices who, along with current AMD president Dirk Meyer, convinced the company to take a chance on the Opteron.
Dan Fost / New York Times:
On the Internet, Everyone Can Hear You Complain  —  A San Francisco start-up called Get Satisfaction is the latest online ombudsman to try to mediate customer service complaints.  —  Get Satisfaction allows people to post feedback about their experiences with any company they choose …
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:   EA tries to buy Take-Two to keep its top spot
 
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Mixx, social news competitor to Digg, raises another $2 million
The Age:
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Bill Carter / New York Times:
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
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USA Today:
Online auction listings down 13% in boycott of eBay
Discussion: GigaOM and TECH.BLORGE.com
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Ad spending moving from portals to search, entertainment sites
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
PMOG, the playful web, and some brilliant stuff that almost changed …
Slorker:
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Discussion: Mashable!