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10:45 AM ET, February 24, 2008

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Howard Rheingold / Smart Mobs:
Why I'm hooked on Twitter  — 21st Century Literacies - Technologies of Cooperation … On a message board, a student asked me why I said I was hooked on Twitter.  I replied off the top of my head.  Sometimes, that's better than taking longer to compose something more elaborately thought out.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will There Be A (Successful) iPhone-Only Social Network?  —  iPhone owners, like users of most Apple products, are a fairly passionate, elitist group of people.  —  I think an iPhone-only social network, if it had the right features, would be a huge hit with these users.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Palm Emulator for iPhone and Touch Looks Good, Bad  —  StyleTap's proof-of-concept Palm OS emulator for iPhone and iPod touch makes us scratch our heads asking ourselves “why?”, but we are sure it would make all Palm users very happy.  All the five of them, including Rob from accounts.
Gamerscore Blog:
HD DVD Statement Issued  —  As a result of recent decisions made by Toshiba, Hollywood studios, and retailers, Microsoft plans to withdraw from HD DVD.  Xbox will no longer manufacture new HD DVD players for the Xbox 360, but we will continue to provide standard product and warranty support …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Digital downloads will be Blu-ray's downfall
CNN:
Super-speed Internet satellite blasts off in Japan  —  (CNN) — Japan launched a rocket Saturday carrying a satellite that will test new technology that promises to deliver “super high-speed Internet” service to homes and businesses around the world.  —  The rocket carrying the WINDS satellite …
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Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press:
Japan Launches Internet Satellite
Discussion: Slashdot, BUZZYEAH and Engadget
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Comment of the Day: “Google Docs is Chock Full of Fail”  —  In his post Why Google Apps is a Serious Threat to Microsoft Office, Bernard Lunn argued that the collaboration features in Google Apps are good enough to take on Microsoft.  Commenter Karim took him on, with a well-written defense of MS Office.
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Computer Programmer's Attorneys Use ‘Geek Defense’  —  On Trial for Murder, Man Being Portrayed As Eccentric, Difficult  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — When Nina Reiser disappeared in September 2006, investigators suspecting foul play looked long and hard at her estranged husband, the computer genius Hans.
Glenn Chapman / Agence France Presse:
Microsoft email prepares workers for Yahoo takeover  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - A Microsoft executive on Friday sent workers an upbeat email outlining a vision of how the software giant expects to take over Yahoo and merge the companies' cultures and resources.
Discussion: CrunchGear, HipMojo.com and VoIP Blog
Fareastgizmos.com:
Mitsumi develops haptic Touch Pad to be installed on the back of mobile devices  —  Mitsumi has developed a haptic input device with protrusions corresponding to icons and buttons on the display screen.  The device is designed to be installed on the back of mobile devices.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova: Serving Billions of Torrents and Buying Bugattis  —  Mininova has evolved quite a bit since it has started three years ago.  Within a year it was one of the most visited torrent sites on the Internet, and the ever increasing number of users resulted in the 4 billionth torrent download recently.
Discussion: ben barren
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Insanely Great: Japanese Electronic Store Letting Customers Trade HD DVD Players for Blu-ray  —  The Japanese electronics retailer Edion is deeply ashamed it sold its customers HD DVD gear.  So ashamed they that they're allowing buyers to swap in Toshiba HD DVD boxes for Blu-ray players.
Discussion: Electronista and TECH.BLORGE.com
 
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Joel Garreau / Washington Post:
Our Cells, Ourselves  —  The home is remote, even by Tibetan standards.
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Sramana Mitra / Forbes:
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Natalie Weinstein / CNET News.com:
Judge OKs suit over ‘Vista Capable’
Guardian:
Whistle while you work  —  From government to big business …
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Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Can Apple Patent the Pinch? Experts Say It's Possible
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Charles Hudson / Charles Hudson's Weblog:
FriendFeed and the Facebook News Feed …
Discussion: All Facebook and TechCrunch