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6:45 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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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:
Adobe merge on and offline worlds  —  Adobe has launched software designed to make it easier for computer users to use online applications offline.  —  Adobe Air allows developers to build tools that still have some functionality even when a computer is no longer connected to the net.
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 …
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.
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  —  We keep on telling people that the iPhone and Wii are like totally going to be huge, but maybe they'll finally believe us now that Jon Stewart trotted both out on stage during the Oscars this year.  Oh, and perhaps now would be a good …
Discussion: SMS Text News
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, broadstuff and Mashable!
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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Mixx, social news competitor to Digg, raises another $2 million  —  Many startups have tried to take on social news site Digg.  Mixx is one of them, but it has a few additional features that lets users fine-tune what stories they see on the site — and it's made some deals with big newspapers.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fox Said To Be Exploring Termination Of Google Advertising Deal  —  Even while parent company News Corp. continues to try to disrupt the Microsoft/Yahoo merger, Fox Interactive Media (FIM) is rumored to be in negotiations with Microsoft take Google's place as the MySpace advertising partner.
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.
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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.
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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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft launches private beta of Internet Explorer 8
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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Jonathan Wiggs / Boston Globe:
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Bill Carter / New York Times:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
A Capitalist Jolt for Charity
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
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USA Today:
Online auction listings down 13% in boycott of eBay
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Ad spending moving from portals to search, entertainment sites
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
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Discussion: Mashable!