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9:00 PM ET, February 25, 2008

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Lessig Blog:
On why I am not running  —  With lots of mixed feelings, I have decided a run for Congress would not help the Change Congress movement.  I explain the thinking in this 5 minute video (a new record for me!).  First question: What happens to the contributions to Lessig08?
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Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Long odds lead Lessig to decide against run for Congress
Discussion: Threat Level
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces New Reporting Standard for Digital Campaign Performance: Engagement Mapping  —  New approach allows advertisers to map and assign value to various touch points, gaining a more complete picture of a campaign.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced Engagement Mapping …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:   All clicks are not equal, says Microsoft
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Microsoft Announces Engagement Mapping ROI Black Box, Technology …
Discussion: WinBeta
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
6 Adobe AIR Apps to Check Out  —  Adobe's AIR platform allows developers to create web applications that run on your desktop without the need of a web browser.  Now that AIR has dropped the beta tag (see our previous coverage), it's time to look at some of the AIR apps you can use today.
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AppleInsider:
New MacBook Pro part numbers surface in inventory systems  —  The seemingly endless wait for a new line of professional notebooks from Mac maker Apple Inc. appears to be nearing an end, with part numbers and pricing for new MacBook Pro models cropping up in inventory systems worldwide over the weekend.
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Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Rumor: New MacBook Pros are imminent. Yep, still
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Yang breaks silence on Microsoft takeover  —  PHOENIX — Yahoo chief executive Jerry Yang knew exactly what was on everyone's minds at the Interactive Advertising Bureau conference on Monday.  —  In their first public appearance since Microsoft's hostile $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo …
Discussion: WebProNews, HipMojo.com and BetaNews
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Saul Hansell / Bits:   Yang: Microsoft Bid Was a “Galvanizing Event” for Yahoo
CNN:
Questions over extent of YouTube blockade  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — Conflicting reports emerged out of Pakistan on Tuesday over the duration of a Pakistani government block on the video-sharing Web site YouTube for showing a “highly blasphemous Dutch” video.
Discussion: iPhone Savior
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Hal Varian / Official Google Blog:
Our secret sauce  —  I was recently a guest columnist on the Freakonomics Blog.  There were several interesting questions from the readers, but one was quite striking: … It seems that a lot of people are trying to figure out why Google has done so well.
Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech:
Sun Leaks 6-core Intel Xeon, Nehalem Details  —  Sun confirms what Intel has been dying to tell us, at least off the record  —  Late last month in Austria, Intel presented Sun with roadmaps discussing details of its upcoming server platforms, including the fairly secret Xeon Dunnington and Nehalem architectures.
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Intel will flush Xeon line with six-core Dunny
Megan Johnston / FinancialWeek.com Breaking …:
Apple's cash: It's one sour cider  —  Whopping $18.4 billion now idles on balance sheet, fermenting grumbles that Steve Jobs can do better  —  Talk about your apple juice: The computer company's current cash position is $18.4 billion, up an astounding 20% in a single quarter.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. to Act on Delaying of Broadband Traffic  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The head of the Federal Communications Commission and other senior officials said on Monday that they were considering taking steps to discourage cable and telephone companies from discriminating against content providers …
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Mobile applications, RIP  —  Summary: The business of making native apps for mobile devices is dying, crushed by a fragmented market and restrictive business practices.  The problems are so bad that the mobile web, despite its many technical drawbacks, is now a better way to deliver new functionality to mobiles.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
VMware vuln exposes the perils of virtualization  —  Security researchers have discovered a bug in VMware desktop virtualization applications that allows attackers to take complete control of the underlying PC, including the execution or modification of files on the host operating system.
Discussion: eWeek
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DivX Shuts Down Popular Piracy Site Stage6  —  We covered Stage6, a DivX-owned site, in October 2006 as part of a roundup of up and coming video sites.  The site, which allowed users to upload video in the high quality Divx format, streams video that makes YouTube look shabby in comparison.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Dear ABC, You Don't Compete With TiVo By Making A Product Worse  —  About a year and a half ago, an executive at Disney-owned ABC-TV talked about how the network was experimenting with ways to block people from fast forwarding through commercials.  The exec in question even claimed …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Jon Stewart, Bored With Oscars, Pulls Out iPhone  —  Never before has the futility of watching films on such a tiny screen been so well encapsulated as when Jon Stewart enjoyed Lawrence of Arabia on the Oscar stage last night.  If you missed it, we won't spoil the joke for you.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Engadget
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
eBay shrugs off strike by sellers, 13% drop in new listings  —  An uproar earlier this month over yet more changes eBay made to its feedback and fee policies may have yielded some early results. eBay's new policies silence sellers and raise fees, and in response, sellers quickly organized …
Discussion: The Register and USA Today
 
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MetaRAM double stuffs servers with memory
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Discussion: paidContent.org
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Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Xbox 360 HD DVD drive now officially $49.99
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA fails again to get default judgment in uncontested case
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Report: broadband policy leaves billions of dollars on table
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Voting is now open for the 2008 Webware 100!
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blog Recommendation Startup Outbrain Raises $5 Million
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Could Microsoft Lower Its Bid?
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Blogger, Sans Pajamas, Rakes Muck and a Prize